Will Outgoing Bulgarian President Merge Key Political Rivals?
During the past summer outgoing Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov suggested that upon returning to the Bulgarian Socialist Party after the end of his second term, he will work for its opening up to "new and strong coalition partners."
This has occasioned speculations to the effect that Bulgaria's strongest opposition party - the Socialists - might try to move closer to their current chief political adversaries, the ruling center-right GERB party, chaired by Bulgaria's PM Boyko Borisov.
A move that, until recently, seemed unbelievable - and still does.
If we however take into account he already known, albeit not officially disclosed aspirations of Parvanov to reclaim the leadership in the Socialist Party from current leader Sergey Stanishev, this hypothetical topic appears worth at least considering.
At the Tuesday awarding of VP Angel Marin with Bulgaria's highest state distinction, just 12 days before the end of his term, Parvanov found some unusually warm words about the inimical Borisov cabinet, including Minister of Defense Anyu Angelov, with whom he had conflicted more than once.
"I am very moved, for this medal expresses the common will of the Bulgarian institutions and I want to expressly state my gratitude to theCouncil of Ministers and to Minister of Defense Anyu Angelov in particular."
Does Parvanov really want to get closer to GERB? And if yes, how pertinent would such a move be?
Are BSP and GERB ready to take up on the disappointment of their voters from this development? And what would be the consequences for Bulgarian political life of this new blurring of principles and de-authentification of political actors?