Bulgarian governing party, opposition in tussle over European Commissioner candidate

In spite of its disastrous performance in Bulgaria’s European Parliament elections, the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) – current holder of the mandate to govern – is insisting that it will decide on the nomination of the country’s next European Commissioner.

The BSP ran 11 per cent behind centre-right GERB in the May 25 vote. GERB, along with minority parties Bulgaria Without Censorship and the Reformist Bloc as well as anti-government protesters, have repeated calls for the government to resign.

BSP leader Sergei Stanishev said that he does not see the outcome of the European Parliament vote as a resign for the government to resign, also claiming that turnout was too low for the result to be persuasive.

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