The first and foremost obvious consequence of the Union is that we are realizing part of our national ideal. This was stated by the President Petar Stoyanov (1997-2002).
“Unification is also very important for the self-esteem of the Bulgarian people, because it is the first big test before the new Bulgarian state, before the Principality and then – before a united Bulgaria. Then our national elite copes brilliantly – both diplomatically and militarily With Bulgaria’s victory at Slivnitsa, the Act of Unification is sealed,” Stoyanov said on BNT.
The national elite includes the political elite, but it also includes intellectuals, journalists, writers, prominent people, he emphasized.
“For me, the national elite lives with the feeling that they have responsibilities – above all to the nation. This cannot be demanded of the rest of the people, who feel that they live only with rights,” commented the president.
The unification, apart from everything else, completely confuses the Bulgarian’s previous idea of politics, since the political elite in our country is divided on the subject, said Petar Stoyanov. According to him, from then until today, Bulgarian society is divided into Russophiles and Russophobes.
“I would not say that history is repeating itself – my bewilderment comes from the fact that almost 140 years after the Unification we are still asking ourselves the same question – about the attitude towards Russia.”
Today’s national cause is not as romantic as the cause of the Unification was, believes Petar Stoyanov.
“Today’s national ideal is a higher standard, a good and secure life for Bulgarian citizens, with the awareness that they live in a state of justice and the rule of law. It may sound cliché, but if we achieve this seemingly boring national ideal, we we are becoming those countries to which our young people are emigrating today,” the president said.