PES worried about extreme nationalists in the Bulgarian government


The Party of European Socialists is concerned that people who openly flaunt sympathies with Hitler’s Nazi memorabilia have been appointed to high-level positions in the newly formed government in Bulgaria.

This seems to be the case with a Bulgarian deputy minister, who was shown giving a Nazi salute to a model of an SS officer in the Grévin Wax Museum in Paris, in a photo published by the Bulgarian media.

The man in the controversial photo was appointed as a deputy minister of regional development just a few days ago in a government formed by the Bulgarian EPP member party and a union of Bulgarian right nationalist's parties. The nationalists have two deputy prime ministers in this cabinet.

PES president Sergei Stanishev said:

"People who have expressed sympathies with such a horrible part of human history as Hitler’s Nazi period have no role in governing a modern, democratic European country. This is even more shocking when the government in the country is led by a party which is a member of the European People's Party.

"It is a dangerous tendency that traditional right-wing parties are more and more inclined to form governments with far-right formations, neglecting their own democratic values. Such coalitions may be dangerous for democracy in the countries themselves."