President Plevneliev Urges Bulgarians to Show Trust in Europe
Europe needs its citizens' trust in the fight against populism and nationalism, Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev warned on Friday.
On the last day of the run-up to the European elections, Plevneliev reminded of the important role that May 25's vote will play for Bulgaria's direction "not only over the next five years, but for a longer period".
"We politicians are still obliged to European voters, because we do not sufficiently inform our fellow citizens, [as we are] sometimes being tempted to more easily justify wrongful national policies with decisions of European institutions," Plevneliev was quoted as saying by the Bulgarian National Radio.
He described euroskepticism and anti-European rhetoric as a threat to both European and national democracies.
"The EU is not [a vector of] foreign policy for Bulgaria, but [is] our family," the Bulgarian President added.
Plevneliev expressed optimism by assuring that benefits of EU membership to Bulgaria are significant, visible and yet to be seen, but underscored it was up to the country itself to decide whether it would use them as a means for development or an excuse for personal failures.
In his first address to Bulgarians in end-April, at the beginning of election campaigning, the President called on parties to carry out real and meaningful debates on the European agenda and to convey messages with clear arguments to offer voters the opportunity of informed choice.
Experts, however, have agreed that the European debate was not a top priority of the campaign that is ending on Friday.
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