Bulgaria Should Stand Up for Its Roma People
Europe's nationalist parties leaders Marine Le Pen of the French National Front party and Nigel Farage of the UK Independence party have attacked once again Bulgaria over its Roma citizens.
Le Pen called for blocking Bulgaria's entry in the Schengen Area - a funny move, given that Bulgarians will be free to accommodate anywhere on EU territory when all restrictions are abolished in 2014.
Nigel Farage attacked the East European Roma and without any hesitation insulted our country, branding the expected immigrants “criminal bands”. Truth is, Roma are not responsible for the heavy crimes in the UK.
When will Bulgarian authorities respond to the western attacks the way Romanians did? Bulgaria is a fully-fledged member of the EU and it should defend the interests of its citizens just as France and Britain do.
European nationalists’ demagogy amounts to a crime.
Bulgarian authorities should cite the joint agreements with the EU, which guarantee citizens rights of free movement and employment in the Union, no matter if those are Roma or ethnic Bulgarians.
The only thing we can hope for now is that the developed and democratic European societies can see through the pitiful attempts of nationalist parties to attract more voters in the upcoming elections.