While insurgent parties rocked the boat elsewhere in Europe, in Bulgaria the Euro-elections have merely bolstered the position of the three main parties.
International commentators could be forgiven for not paying much attention to the Bulgarian elections to the European parliament. They also generated limited interest and excitement in the country. In contrast to the notably higher voter turnout in most EU countries, in Bulgaria a below-par campaign resulted in near-historic low turnout on election day.
In addition, the election’s outcome was hardly spectacular, as it essentially confirmed the political status quo.
Compared to the previous European elections in 2014, Sunday’s result barely produced any change in the Bulgarian political landscape within the European parliament.
According to the latest projections – the final results are still pending – the only change in seat allocation seems to be an additional Bulgarian Socialist MEP at the cost of an MEP from the liberal ALDE group.
The number of MEPs in the centrist European People’s Party, EPP, bloc and in the conservative ECR bloc will remain the same. From a European perspective, Bulgaria produced one of the least altered outcomes in an election that otherwise produced some tectonic shifts to both right and left in the European Parliament.