This article gives an overview of liberalism and radicalism in Bulgaria. It is limited to liberal and radicalparties with substantial support, mainly proved by having had a representation in parliament. The sign ⇒ denotes another party in that scheme. For inclusion in this scheme it is not necessary that parties label themselves as a liberal party.
Liberalism was a dominant political force at the end of the nineteenth century. The current got strongly divided.
After the restoration of democracy in 1990, some parties got a liberal character.
Liberalism is now represented by the mainly Turkish minority party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (Dviženie za prava i svobodi, observer LI, member ELDR) and the National Movement for Simeon II (Nacionalno Dviženie Simeon Vtori, member LI, ELDR), both taking a more or less liberal position.
From Liberal Party to Democratic Party
1879: Liberal forces united in the Liberal Party (Liberalna Partija)
1884: A right-wing faction formed the ⇒ Progressive Liberal Party
1886: Another right-wing faction formed the ⇒ People's Liberal Party
1887: A third faction formed the ⇒ Radoslav Liberal Party
1896: The party is renamed into Democratic Party (Demokratičeska Partija)
1905: A radical faction seceded as the ⇒ Radical Democratic Party
1923: A faction joined the Democratic Alliance (Demokratičeski Sgovor)
1934: The party is banned by the dictatorship
1945: The party is revived
1947: The party is banned by the communist dictatorship
1989: The party is revived as a Christian conservative party