Public and national governance
Civil society
The economy
The environment
Education, science, and culture
Social policy, healthcare, youth, and sport
National dignity, bulgarian minorities abroad, ethnic and religious communities in Bulgaria
National security
Foreign policy
The future - our values and youth

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The Democratic party is the successor of the ideas and principles of public and national governance which emerged during the Bulgarian National Revival. Our heritage of ideas includes the twin pillars of Bulgarian nationhood: religious and cultural autonomy, and national sovereignty.

The Democratic party stands for the traditional virtues of personal, family and public morality. A firm proponent of parliamentary democracy, the Party is against all violence in public life. In line with the dignity of the individual we seek popular confidence in national governance, want equity in public life, and back the welfare of all Bulgarians. The Party's leading principle is to strive for Bulgarian economic progress and cultural development.

When prominent Bulgarian statesman Petko Karavelov founded the Democratic party in 1896, it was a direct successor to the Liberal Party founded immediately after the Constituent Assembly of 1979 by Karavelov, Petko Slaveykov, and Dragan Cankov. Thus the Democratic party may rightly be called the oldest Bulgarian political party existing today.

Aleksandar Malinov, Aleko Konstantinov, Trayko Kitanchev, Nikola Mushanov, Andrey Lyapchev, Mihail Takev, Ivan Slaveykov, Aleksandar Girginov, Boris Pavlov, Stoycho Moshanov, Stefan Savov, are some of the prominent Democratic party politicians who have left their mark on Bulgarian history.

Bulgarian history is closely intertwined with the work and views of prominent Democrats. The Tarnovo Constitution is linked with the names of The Democratic party's founders. Exceptionally democratic for its time, it embodies the ideas of Petko Karavelov and Petko Slaveykov. Bulgarian sovereignty in 1908 was proclaimed by a Democratic party Cabinet under Aleksandar Malinov.

In all its long history, the Democratic party's name has never been sullied with plots, coups and violence. The Party was against the personal regime established after the coup d'etat of 19 May 1934. It took no part in the so-called Fatherland Front. The Party was strongly against the course to Bolshevisation and Sovietisation adopted by the BKP after the 9 September 1944 coup d'etat. The Democratic party's leaders were among the victims of harsh communist repression.

The Democratic party considers the government established after 9 September 1944 to be illegitimate: it did not stem from the will of the people as expressed in free elections. Under directives and instructions from a foreign power, and with the decisive help of the Red Army, the communists brought down the legal government of Konstantin Muraviev which had already taken steps to restore the Tarnovo Constitution. The Democratic party does not recognise the so-called 'People's Court' and its verdicts. It considers illegitimate all elections ran by the communists over a 45 year period, as well as the results of the referendum to remove the monarchy.

Staunchly in favour of parliamentary democracy, the Democratic party considers that the people themselves must choose the form of national governance as an expression of complete freedom of will.

The Democratic party defends the interests of a social classes and groups. It is a party of the entire nation. It occupies a right-of-centre position offering a place for all Bulgarian citizens, be they intellectuals, farmers, workers, industrialists, or employees.

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