Bulgarian nationalist member of the European Parliament Angel Dzhambazki said that he considers Macedonia to be the second Bulgarian state in the Balkans, and that Macedonia’s entry into the EU will unify the Bulgarian nation.

I will never call it North or South or Upper or Lower, for me it is the second Bulgarian state in the Balkans. Our big task now is to formulate the Bulgarian community in Macedonia, through constitutional amendments. There are many statutory nations named in Macedonia, like the Albanians, the Egyptians (sic) but no Bulgarians, and that will change. There is nothing more valuable for Bulgaria than to have Macedonia as part of the EU. Then there will be no border between Ohrid and the Black Sea. We will complete our national unification project, a task left unfinished since 1944-45, Dzhambazki said.