The founder of the Bulgaria Party of Work and Reason told Express.co.uk that more than 60% of Bulgarians are strongly against the euro. But he warned that none of the political parties running against his in Sunday’s snap elections would commit to preventing Bulgaria from joining the dreaded eurozone by 2024.
He said: “It is clear that if our sides of the debate against the European Union are absent, it is obvious that probably more than 50% of Bulgarians are still for the European Union.
“But a good thing is that the Bulgarian people are firmly against the euro.
“They don’t want Bulgaria to enter the euro zone.
“Even if they don’t understand the Bulgarian currency board, so the Bulgarian lev is almost the same as the euro.
“But still, they hate the euro, because they heard that in other countries, when they entered the euro zone, ordinary people suffered.
“All prices have increased with the euro but wages have remained the same.
“So they know it, Bulgarians. And luckily, there are probably 60 to 70% people against the euro.”
He continued: “At the same time, all other political parties are not giving up entering the eurozone and by 2024 we will give up our Bulgarian lev.
“And the only party participating in this election to argue against the euro is our party.
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“Our entire program is based on sovereignty and in particular national monetary sovereignty.
“We can only achieve all of our goals in our program if we achieve our financial independence, which means not only entering the euro area, but also demolishing the euro currency board and giving our government back control over it. the Bulgarian currency on the floating exchange rate.
“And we have to leave the European Union because even with our own currency, all economic decisions if you are a member of the European Union are taken by the European Commission.”
Sunday’s snap ballot is being staged to break the deadlock after the center-right Bulgarian party GERB failed to form a government as other parties avoided it amid popular anger against the endemic corruption.
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The GERB won the April elections with 26.2 percent.
The new Bulgarian anti-establishment party There is such a people (ITN) also failed to secure a parliamentary majority.
The two parties are now almost tied for support, according to a poll released Monday.
Founded by famous talk show host and singer Slavi Trifonov, ITN is committed to sweeping away traditional political parties, which it blames on the fact that the Balkan country consistently ranks as the poorest member state and the most most corrupt of the European Union.
The poll by Market Links, an independent organization based in Sofia, showed that support for ITN stood at 18.8% compared to the 17.7% it won in the general election in April.
Provisional Cabinet allegations of wiretapping of politicians and activists during anti-corruption protests last year and reports of billions of taxpayer dollars being spent without proper public procurement by the GERB government also weighed on the GERB government. popularity of the party.
Market Links analyst Dobromir Zhivkov said: “There are trends that give a bit more weight to the scenario where ITN might come first, as we see some drop in support for GERB over the month. latest.”
Support for two small protest parties which are potential partners of ITN – Democratic Bulgaria and Stand Up! Mafia out! – rose to 12.5% and 5.4% respectively, according to the poll of 1,085 people carried out from June 18 to 25.
The Socialist Party remained the third most popular with 16.9%, while support for the ethnic-Turkish MRF party stood at 9.5%.
An alliance of nationalist parties that were junior partners of the GERB coalition failed to meet the minimum threshold of support it would need to enter the next parliament, according to the poll.
Mr Markov’s party will stand for the first time in parliamentary elections.
He hopes the party will reach the 4% threshold needed to enter parliament.