IMRO – Bulgarian National Movement
|IMRO – Bulgarian National Movement|
|Headquarters||5th Pirotska Str, Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Youth wing||National Youth Committee of IMRO|
|European Parliament group||European Conservatives and Reformists|
|Politics of Bulgaria
The IMRO – Bulgarian National Movement or IMRO - BNM (Bulgarian: ВМРО – Българско Национално Движение, VMRO – Bulgarsko Natsionalno Dvizhenie) is the oldest nationalist political party in Bulgaria.
The abbreviation IMRO references the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization, a historic Bulgarian-established revolutionary political organization in the Macedonia and Thrace regions founded in the late 19th century. By its establishment in 1991 the name of the organization was IMRO-Union of Macedonian Assotiations. At the Fourth Congress in 1997, IMRO-UMA dropped the addition UMA. Initially it was not involved in Bulgarian politics but after 1994, it became politically active and entered the Bulgarian parliament. Renamed IMRO-Bulgarian National Movement in 1998, the organization was gradually transformed into a right-wing populist political party in the 2000s. It is known also as a nationalist party which opposes to minority rights, as a pro-Greater Bulgaria oriented and anti-Macedonist. The IMRO describes itself as a conservative and patriotic party based on modern nationalism. Its defines it as a "pan-Bulgarian national movement" aiming at "spiritual unity of the Bulgarian nation". In 2010 from the party is separated National Ideal for Unity.In the 2014 European Parliament election, the party was part of the coalition "Bulgaria without censorship,IMRO-BNM,People's Agricultural Union, Movement St.George's Day and won 10,66% of the votes. The coalition will have two MEPs - one from the BBT - its leader Nikolay Barekov and the other one is IMRO vice-leader Angel Djambazki.
- Official website (Bulgarian)
- "ATAKA and IMRO Stage a Rally in Pazardjik". StandartNews.com. 2012-10-26. Retrieved 27 Feb 2013.
- "Two New Coalitions May Enter Bulgarian Parliament". StandartNews.com. 2013-01-25. Retrieved 27 Feb 2013.
- "Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (IMRO)". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 27 Feb 2013.
- The A to Z of Bulgaria, Raymond Detrez, Scarecrow Press INC, 2010, ISBN 0810872021, p. 227.
- Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Macedonia, Dimitar Bechev, Scarecrow Press, 2009, ISBN 0810862956, p. 104.
- Territorial Revisionism and the Allies of Germany in the Second World War, Berghahn Books, ISBN 085745739X, Stefan Troebst, p. 170.
- Racist Extremism in Central and Eastern Europe, Cas Mudde, Routledge, 2005, ISBN 0415355931.
- Ръководни и контролни органи на ВМРО - Българско национално движение, избрани на V редовен конгрес (28 октомври 2012).
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