The BSP is the old Bulgarian Communist Party (BKP), they’re the most popular political bloc in contemporary Bulgaria. The DPS is a contradiction in terms… it’s neoliberal, but its a coalition partner in the present BSP government. It represents the interests of the Muslim minority. GERB is a rightwing pro-American bunch, yet, with populist overtones. Ataka is anti-EU, anti-American, and anti-NATO, and for the renationalisation of enterprises and the encouragement of Orthodoxy, so, of course, the West calls it extremist.
Volen Nikolov Siderov, the controversial leader of Bulgaria’s nationalist Ataka party, shall lead the Bulgarian National Assembly‘s delegation to the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO). Siderov, who received a degree in theology in 2009, also headed the previous delegation from the National Assembly (2009-13). Lawmakers Plamen Slavov (Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP)), Irena Uzunova and Vladimir Toshev (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB)), and Yordan Tsonev (Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS)) are also members of the delegation. The IAO is an interparliamentary body, set up upon the initiative of the Hellenic Parliament. Its mission is “the need for the presence of Orthodoxy, as a common cultural expression of a large number of European citizens, in the shaping of contemporary Europe”.
3 October 2013