The Bulgarian government appears to favour Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump to win the November 8 2016 US presidential elections, not least because Clinton is known as a foreign secretary and familiar to policymakers, the European Council on Foreign Relations said in a flash scorecard on the US elections.
There is some overlap between the viewpoints of the main opposition parties and Trump, mostly because he is considered friendlier to Russia, critical of Nato, anti-immigration, and protectionist in trade relations, but there is no particular support for either candidate.
The population generally seems to favour Clinton, but Trump’s views – especially on immigration – have generated interest too, the ECFR scorecard said.
Whichever candidate wins, Bulgaria’s to concerns about the world remain the same: Syria, ISIS and instability in the Balkans and the Black Sea region, followed by the Russia threat and the possibility of a different US–Russia relationship under Trump, the scorecard, entitled Fear and Loathing on the Road to the US elections and which measured opinions among all 28 EU member states, said.
It said that among the 28 member states of the EU, only Hungary’s government appeared to favour Trump over Clinton.
“The biggest current concern is the issue of refugees which dominates the Hungarian government’s rhetoric and actions. In this regard, the position of the Democratic Party troubles Prime Minister Orbán, who believes that Trump’s tough approach to migration would be much more beneficial both for the EU and Hungary.”