Bulgaria's Last King Warns against Political Intrigues

Domestic | May 7, 2015, Thursday // 09:35|  views

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"Nobody asked for the King's return to politics, this is where incredible fantasies and myths have been set off," Bulgaria's last monarch and former PM has said.

In an interview with the Bulgarian National Television, Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha has dismissed any likelihood of him returning to the political field, adding his role was to seek other ways of contribution to the Bulgarian society.

Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha had already stated this in his interview with Novinite in March, when he turned down the possibility of a comeback, a week after much speculation was triggered by a petition of Bulgarian politicians and intellectuals calling for a more prominent role of the monarch in the public sphere.

For the BNT he also commented on a range of topics, including a discussion which was prompted by a move of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church to add his name as a "King of Bulgarians" while serving masses.

He said the dispute that followed was exaggerated and unnecessary adding: "It is people that you have to ask whether they accept me ask king. Who has read history is aware, I think."

On the eve of Europe Day/Victory Day celebrations he explained he would not attend the Victory Day parade in Moscow as he had never been invited, amid reports that he had declined an invitation.

He reiterated Bulgaria shouldn't have backed EU sanctions on Russia: "It is not always necessary to do what the Great Powers do. Our foreign policy might be different and we might contribute to world politics."

As in the Novinite interview he called on Bulgarians to overcome Russophile and Russophobe attitudes.

Saxe-Coburg-Gotha served as Prime Minister between 2001 and 2005.

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