March 27, 2008
As far as I know we have the first candidate from a new member state: Bulgaria’s last Tsar, Simeon Saxe-Coburg, who also served as the country’s prime minister in 2001-2005, may bid to become the European Union’s President.
Mr Saxe-Coburg has served his country briefly on the throne between 1943-1946. In 2001 seeing the agony of the two major party of post-Communist Bulgaria, he took over a small party, renamed it after himself and became a democratically elected prime minister of Bulgaria until 2005. As the BalkansInsight quotes Milen Velchev, Deputy Chair of the National Movement for Stability and Progress, NMSP, and Bulgaria’s former Finance Minister in Saxe-Coburg’s government”It would be a wonder if his nomination were not discussed”.
I do not think that he is the EU president that the Western Europeans have in mind, but he is certainly not a non-entity. I think Mr Saxe-Coburg, who is also a knight of Golden Fleece, must be serious about the bid. With such a family background and education I think he is fit to endure a long campaign, which really looks as a very-very long shot.Author : Dániel Antal