Radan Kanev

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Radan Kanev
Радан Кънев
Member of the European Parliament
for Bulgaria
Assumed office
2 July 2019
Preceded bySvetoslav Malinov
Member of the National Assembly
In office
27 October 2014 – 26 January 2017
Constituency3rd MMC - Varna
Leader of the Democrats for Strong Bulgaria
In office
23 June 2013 – 27 March 2017
Preceded byIvan Kostov
Succeeded byAtanas Atanasov
Personal details
Born (1975-09-30) 30 September 1975 (age 48)
Sofia, PR Bulgaria
Political partyDSB (Bulgaria)
EPP (European Parliament)
Alma materSofia University
Professionpolitician, lawyer

Radan Milenov Kanev (Bulgarian: Радан Миленов Кънев) (born 30 September 1975) is a Bulgarian politician who was elected as a Member of the European Parliament from Bulgaria in the 2019 European Parliament election. He used to be one of the leading members of the Reformist Bloc.[1]


Kanev was born in Sofia, but his family's roots are from Varna.[2] He graduated from the Lycée Français de Sofia, subsequently completing his legal studies at Sofia University.[3]

In the 1990s, Kanev was chairman of the youth organization of the Bulgarian Red Cross.[2] Kanev is known as a prominent political blogger and his active involvement in politics began in 2004.[2]

He joined DSB in 2007 and became the party's leader on 23 June 2013. Kanev has been labeled as Ivan Kostov's successor.[4] After DSB could not make the 4% bar for entry into Parliament during the 2017 elections, Kanev resigned as a leader of the party.[5]

Radan Kanev supported Boyko Borisov's second government: DSB was an official coalition partner.[6] Subsequently, Kanev built a reputation as a strong critic of Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. He has underlined that in Bulgaria there are major problems with the justice system and the respect for private property.[7] He blames the issues on the Borisov-Peevski model of governance, which has "dominated Bulgarian politics in the past ten years."[7]

In 2019, Kanev was elected as Member of the European Parliament from the Democratic Bulgaria coalition.[8] He intends to join the European People's Party.[9] Kanev argues that "governing the European Union without the European People's Party is impossible" and advocates that the European Greens should be part of the governing majority in the current European Parliament.[9]

In 2022, after the fall of Kiril Petkov's government, Kanev called for unity regarding Bulgaria's foreign policy despite political differences.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Kanev is married and has one child.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Регистрирани листи в РИК Варна" (in Bulgarian). omda.bg. 2014. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "Радан Кънев: битката за законност в България ще е дълга и трудна" (in Bulgarian). dsbvarna.com. 2014. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "ДСБ кандидатите в София" (in Bulgarian). mydsb.wordpress.com. September 10, 2007. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
  4. ^ "Кой е Радан Кънев, наследникът на Костов" (in Bulgarian). dnevnik.bg (blogosfera). May 22, 2013. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
  5. ^ "Радан Кънев подаде оставка като лидер на "Нова република" и ДСБ" (in Bulgarian). capital.bg. March 27, 2017. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  6. ^ https://www.mediapool.bg/kabinetat-borisov-2-poe-vlastta-bez-spasitelen-poyas-ot-mnozinstvoto-news226904.html, Mediapool.bg, 7 November 2004
  7. ^ a b "Радан Кънев: Борисов живее в розови облаци, спря да бъде човек от народа" (in Bulgarian). offnews.bg. November 2, 2017. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  8. ^ https://www.novinite.bg/articles/176399/Radan-Kanev-V-tozi-EP-ne-moje-da-ima-dyasno-mnozinstvo, Novinite.com, 3 June 2019
  9. ^ a b "Радан Кънев: Имаме пробив в поколението, което не помни само сини и червени". Dnevnik (in Bulgarian). 2019-06-01. Retrieved 2024-01-10.
  10. ^ "Трябва широк външнополитически консенсус на ПП и ДБ с ГЕРБ и ДПС". clubz.bg (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 2024-01-10.

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