Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.
Two of Bulgaria's Government Officals Fear the Istanbul Convention
Heidelberg, Germany -
The current Bulgarian government consists of two parties - the United Patriots and GERB. The United Patriots are, in fact, a union of three separate nationalist/patriotic parties - Ataka, National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria and the VMRO. Naturally, there are some differences within this three-party union.
Two of the United Patriots' leaders - Volen Siderov (currently the chairman of the Patriots' parliamentary group) and Krasimir Karakachanov (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense) have expressed their concerns that the Istanbul Convention might lead to the fall of the current government and a snap election.
Siderov is concerned that there is a lot of pressure on the Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. Especially now, when Bulgaria is in charge of the Presidency of the Council of the EU. He insisted that any United Patriots' MP that doesn't show up to vote against the ratification will face the risk of being expelled from the union's parliamentary group. Siderov explained that the great divide in the society will lead to great tension, should the ratification of the "controversial" document pass. Minister Karakachanov admitted that his colleague is right and that the ratification will most certainly lead to the fall of the cabinet because of the disagreement with the convention that is to be seen in the society.