The Odd EU Story of Oligarchy-Ridden Bulgaria and Its Post-accession ‘Progress Reports’

Bulgaria has made little progress in its problem areas – fighting corruption and organized crime, and guaranteeing the rule of law – since it joined the EU in 2007. Photo: European Commission

Here is why the EU monitoring reports on Bulgaria’s “post-accession progress” in judicial reform and fighting corruption and organized crime are useless but necessary. Continue reading “The Odd EU Story of Oligarchy-Ridden Bulgaria and Its Post-accession ‘Progress Reports’”

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Romania and Its Civil Society: The New Former Communist Success Story

Some 150,000 Romanian protesters are believed to have rallied in Bucharest on February 1, 2017. Photo: Wikipedia

It’s quite simple: Romania has got a civil society, and it works!

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