December 18, 2009
The Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borissov has embraced the move by extremist leader Volen Siderov, leader of Ataka, a xenophobic party, to hold a referendum for banning a short TV news programme in Turkish language on the Bulgarian national TV [more].
My question is: is Borissov, whose party GERB is EPP-affiliated, entering in coalition with Ataka, a nationalist and xenophobic party?
I also wonder if this largest European family approves Borissov’s latest moves. Last night, the EPP chief spokesperson said “no comment”.
P.S. Writing on 5 January back from holidays, I am happy to say that the government has abandoned the idea for a referendum on the short news in Turkish. It was Rumiana Jeleva, the EU’s new commissioner-designate for humanitarian aid, who said so.Georgi Gotev