European elections 2014: Unlike elsewhere in EU, far-right in reverse in Bulgaria

What the French prime minister reportedly described as the “political earthquake” of the rise of far-right parties in European Parliament elections in his country and elsewhere in the EU hardly registered on political seismographs in Bulgaria.

In contrast to other countries, the two best-known far-right, ultra-nationalist and euroskeptic parties, Volen Siderov’s Ataka and Valeri Simeonov’s National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria, both got too few votes to win MEP seats.

Not only that, but going by results from the Central Election Commission with almost all votes counted, Simeonov’s NFSB outdid the more established Ataka.

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