Russia-friendly political novice wins Bulgaria presidential election: exit polls


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Coupled with political instability, Bulgaria’s tilt toward Russia is a blow to the country’s western European allies and underscores Moscow’s growing influence in southeastern Europe.

In Moldova, another ex-communist state near the Black Sea, voters were expected to install a pro-Russian candidate as president and slam the breaks on seven years of closer EU integration in an election also held on Sunday.reuters.com/article/us-bulgaria-election-idUSKBN13801Q


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A newcomer to politics, Rumen Radev’s anti-migrant, pro-Moscow message has struck a chord with Bulgarians disheartened with European Union membership as the bloc battles the rise of nationalist parties and Britain’s decision to leave. smh.com.au/world/russianfriendly-exair-force-commander-rumen-radev-to-win-bulgarian-presidency-20161113-gso6fh.html


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I think the European Union was the best choice for Bulgaria, but there were the things in which the state can blame only their own polititians, also if to compare the economic results of neighbours Turkey and to see how the Turks are working and to compare how the Greeks and Bulgarians are working, i think there is a lot to think about.


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euronews.com/2016/11/13/bulgarian-pm-borisov-to-resign-after-presidential-vote-defeat

**The election of Radev and his Russian sympathies is being seen a blow to Bulgaria’s western European allies
and underscores Moscow’s growing influence in southeastern Europe.

President-elect Radev has said he will keep Bulgaria in NATO but has affirmed that “being pro-European does not mean being anti-Russian”.

Although the position of president is largely ceremonial, he can sway public opinion and send legislation back to parliament.**


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