Interview with Angel Dzhambazki MEP candidate

OneEurope is presenting a series of interviews with MEPs in order to help Europeans make an informed decision for the elections. You can find the others in our debate on the European Elections 2014.

Bulgaria without Censorship is the recently started party by the ex-journalist Nikolay Barekov. For the European elections it is entering into a coalition with several other small parties, including the Bulgarian National Movement (VMRO). The coalition gained a lot of publicity through the good media connections of its leader and the different events that they were staging. One of the most remarkable ones involved Barekov cooking barbeque for his future voters. Some are saying that the campaign of the coalition is giving promises that cannot be fulfilled on a European level. Others see certain nostalgia towards the communism in it.

The number of seats that the coalition will win will be a good indicator of the actual power of the media.

Angel Dzhamazki is the second candidate in the list of Bulgaria without Censorship’s coalition. He stands a chance to make it to Brussels. He is the Deputy Chair of the right-wing VMRO. The Sofia District Prosecutor started trial proceedings against Dzhambazki because of the hate speech he used in the end of 2013.

He was elected as a City Councilor for GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria) in 2007 and for VMRO in 2011.

OneEurope: What made you stand as a MEP candidate?

Angel Dzhamazki MEP: I think that the European Parliament is a high platform where questions of paramount importance for Bulgaria in economic and social terms could be raised. I am a Bulgarian nationalist and representative of the patriotic organization VMRO. Our Organization was started more than a century ago and protecting Bulgarian rights has always been our priority. And the Bulgarian prosperity in the European Union is extremely important for me.

OE: What would be the first thing that you would do in Brussels, if you were elected?

AD: I will propose for discussion the illegal immigration issue and the issue of protecting Bulgaria's external borders, which are also external for the European Union. The question is of great importance not only for the Bulgarian security but also for the European security. In my opinion, order and security should be the new European values. These issues are in critical situation in my country so I hope to have the chance to discuss them with the other Bulgarian MEPs. 

I believe that our European colleagues will take a position on these subjects.

The problematic situation with the gypsy community living on the territory of the European Union cannot be omitted. Primarily The "Gypsy Question" is a responsibility of all EU Member States. Fact is that France deported gypsies back to Bulgaria and Romania and those people were treated just like forgotten luggage. And here is the question why the other EU member states did not respond.

And I ask: why did the British political establishment strengthen the anti-Bulgarian immigration campaign? The British people were truly scared with the fact that thousands of Bulgarian migrant workers will take their sustenance. That actually never happened.

One of my missions will be to show to my European counterparts that Bulgarians are capable, knowledgeable, educated nation and they are equal members of the European Union. As part of EU, they deserve respect.

OE: Why did you decide to enter into a coalition with Bulgaria withoutCensorship?Do you have the same vision for the future?

AD: The political coalition that we established with Bulgaria without Censorship is the result of many conversations and developing a common platform. Our policies are covered in the most part. We have not participated in the governance of Bulgaria, we have not been compromised and we have never betrayed the confidence of our electorate and that is common for our policies. As an organization VMRO has proven to be a defender of ordinary Bulgarians. We are convinced that the unification behind national interests is relevant, not the positioning of the political spectrum.

OE: A lot of Syrian refugees have arrived in Bulgaria. How do you see the situation?

AD: Over ten thousands illegal immigrants have entered the Bulgarian territories. And they were not attached to Syrian conflict. These immigrants seek way to central Europe for economic reasons. The refugees received status by law; others are violators of the international treaties and EU borders, so they must be sanctioned. As for the issue of refugee wave - its consequences and the welfare of Syrians - Bulgaria relies on the EU cooperation.

OE: Would you support the proposal of the Polish Prime Minister Trusk for a European energy union?

AD: One of my priorities is the stability in the energy sector. When we make decisions independence and profitability will be leading us. For my party it is extremely important that Bulgaria is in the position of an energy leader in the Balkans.

OE: What do you think about the winner of the Eurovision song contest this year?

AD: A very dangerous trend in the destruction of the value system grows in Europe. A beard lady became a symbol of the Old continent a few days ago. This bearded creature, called with the European name Conchita Wurst is like genetically modified organism and won the Eurovision. And I wonder, if the vice of our time is that we tolerate the perversity. I don’t want such a song contest for my children.

OE: If you could change one thing that happened in the EU during the last 12 months, what would it be?

AD: The resolution for the human rights of the third gender is absolutely an unacceptable targeting of humanity against nature. There are men and there are women in the normal world, everything else is a preserve liberty. And this craziness must not be regularized in any manner. Another important problem is the EU Roadmap against homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity resolution. That enables the legalization of same-sex marriages. In my opinion the gays may have only conventional human rights. The rights of the heterosexuals are not mentioned in any document. So isn’t the EU Roadmap a discrimination to them?

OE: Anything you might have liked me to ask?

AD: I wanted to tell you more about the beauty of Bulgarian nature. In my country we have historical and cultural sites to see and they are magnificent. But for this purpose we have to talk particularly in another interview. Thank you!