|Founded||15 July 2007(Liberal Alliance) |
4 November 2012 (Today)
28 November 2016 (Volya)
|Preceded by||National Movement for Freedom and Democracy|
|National affiliation||Bulgarian Patriots|
|European affiliation||Identity and Democracy Party|
|Colours||Teal and white |
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Volya Movement (Bulgarian: ?, romanized: Dvizhenie Volya, lit. 'Will Movement') is a right-wing populist political party in Bulgaria. Before 2016, it was known variously as Today and Liberal Alliance. The party was established by Bulgarian businessman Veselin Mareshki, ostensibly on principles of anti-corruption and anti-elitism.
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Volya was originally founded by Veselin Mareshki on July 15, 2007, under the name Liberal Alliance. Following a brief stint as the Dnes party, the name was changed on November 28, 2016 to Volya.
In 2018, Volya joined the Movement for a Europe of Nations and Freedom, now referred to as the Identity and Democracy Party. The European political party organizes nationalist parties across Europe and includes the French National Rally, Italian League, and Freedom Party of Austria.
Volya took part in the 2019 European Parliament election in Bulgaria as a member of the Volya-The Bulgarian Patriots coalition. The coalition also included the Agrarian Union "Aleksandar Stamboliyski", the People's Party for Freedom and Dignity, and the United Social Democrats. Mareshki topped the coalition list and stated he would decide whether to keep his seat if elected. The coalition hoped to gain two seats but failed to gain any, finishing in 6th place.
The Volya party advocates populist and reform policies, promoting patriotism, strict immigration controls, friendlier relations with Moscow, and the need to "sweep away the garbage" of a corrupt political establishment. Volya advocates for Bulgarian withdrawal from NATO, which it views as being economically draining on the Bulgarian people whilst providing no benefits to national security. Despite Veselin Mareshki's calls for a "strong united Europe," the party has been described as generally Eurosceptic.
The Volya party supports promoting business in Bulgaria, with Mareshki stating, "Small and medium businesses are also in our focus. We want less bureaucracy, more opportunities for development, more investment, and job creation. There must be strong support from the state, not limitations." The party recognizes Bulgaria's decreasing birth rate, but it opposes increasing immigration into Bulgaria, favoring instead state programs that will promote young families to have more children.
|Election||# of Seats Won||# of Total Votes||% of Popular Vote||Rank||Status|
|2009||-||-||-||Did not contest|
|2014||-||-||-||Did not contest|
|2017||145,637||4.15%||5th||Supply and support|
|Election||# of Seats Won||# of Total Votes||% of Popular Vote||Rank|