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Enlargement 10-11-2021

A Bulgarian perspective on Serbian politics

The US messages sent to Bulgaria in April and Serbia in November are equally straightforward, the only difference being that in Bulgaria, they already produced a big effect and a change of power took place, writes Antoinette Nikolova.
Central Asia 06-07-2021

Police reform in Kazakhstan: Effective law-enforcement close to the population

The reform of the law enforcement system has started in Kazakhstan recently as part of the overall modernisation of the country and the first evaluation of the results achieved look very optimistic, writes Yerlan Turgumbayev.
Enlargement 21-06-2021

Integrity compliance in Western Balkans infrastructure projects

Civil society has an important role to play to make sure that corruption in infrastructure projects and wrong prioritisation do not derail a €30 billion EU financial plan for the Western Balkans, a group of authors write.
Enlargement 08-06-2021

How is corruption investigated in Serbia: The Krušik case

In Serbia, corruption is investigated only in rare cases when it suits the country’s president, Aleksandar Vučić, as the Krušik arms export scandal shows, writes Svetla Miteva.
Enlargement 11-05-2021

Albania has voted – will it be a new momentum for its EU path?

Pressed by major challenges such as endemic corruption, brain drain and economic hurdles, Albania needs a strong and stable political establishment that will push for an ambitious reform agenda. The latest elections provide hope, but much work lies ahead, write Tobias Rüttershoff and Teona Lavrelashvili.
Enlargement 20-04-2021

Populism and cozy ties with Russia and China: Vucic takes Serbia further away from EU

European tolerance has greatly contributed to Serbian President Alexander Vučić and the ruling Serbian Progressive Party's establishing an authoritarian system that has nothing to do with the rule of law, writes Svetla Miteva.
Elections 09-10-2020

Mr Weber, where did the European values go?

Dear Mr. Weber, an ordinary Bulgarian citizen is writing to you, professing to believe in classic European values, as also upheld by the European People's Party - EPP. My name is Momchil Daskalov. My son translated this text.
Future EU 05-10-2020

Brace for a landmark debate – not only for Bulgaria, but for the EU

On Monday (5 October), the European Parliament will discuss in plenary the Rule of Law in Bulgaria. It may look like an event important mostly for the Bulgarians, but in fact it has a lot of incidence on the EU, writes Radan Kanev

Corruption puts the future of the European Union at risk

Protests against government corruption have been rocking Bulgaria since August. MEP Daniel Freund, who was in Sofia last week to meet with protesters, shares his impressions.
Elections 10-08-2020

It’s high time for the EU to take the side of the Bulgarian citizens

EU leaders have to make up their minds and understand that they only have two options - to act on the side of Bulgarian citizens in their fight for a decent and modern European country, or to passively watch the failure of a member state, writes Radan Kanev.
Elections 17-06-2020

Open letter to Donald Tusk: EPP’s support for Vucic is a disgrace

European People's Party President Donald Tusk has publicly supported Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić ahead of the country's parliamentary election on Sunday (21 June), which the opposition is going to boycott. In response, Serbian opposition leader Dragan Djilas sent an open letter to Tusk. EURACTIV is publishing its shortened version.
05-06-2020

Lack of rule of law threatens Bulgaria’s economic recovery

According to the World Bank, it turns out to be easier to do business in post-Soviet Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russia than in EU member Bulgaria, writes Joël Ruet. Joël Ruet is the chairman of The Bridge Tank As...
Air Quality 02-03-2020

Challenging Bulgarian coal plants’ new waste burning obsession

On Monday (March 2), a European and a Bulgarian non-governmental organisation, ClientEarth and “For Earth – Access to Justice”, are filing a complaint with the European Commission in an attempt to challenge Bulgaria’s new obsession of burning waste in coal...
Enlargement 26-02-2020

Serbian democracy is under attack, indeed

The united front held by Serbia’s mainstream democratic opposition to boycott Vučić’s sham election at all levels is the only honorable and practical course of action, wrtites Vuk Jeremić.
Enlargement 26-02-2020

Serbia’s government simulates democracy

The key obstacle to free and fair elections is widespread voter repression by the regime of President Aleksandar Vučić, writes Nebojša Zelenović.

A brief history of graft in Orbán’s Hungary

Corruption is deeply embedded in Hungary, with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán shielded by a cluster of wealthy bosses with close personal and political ties to the leader, writes Szabolcs Panyi.

Corruption in Romania: a European affair

The situation in Romania is partly hopeful: numerous civic movements have emerged in the country and an outstanding anti-corruption movement is growing in the society, especially among the young generations, write Elena Denisa Petrescu and Yannis Karamitsios.

EPPO nomination – a ticking time bomb?

The focus throughout Laura Codruța Kövesi’s stewardship of Romania's anti-corruption directorate has been on ‘getting scalps’ rather than on serving justice, writes Norica Nicolai.
Economy & Jobs 11-02-2019

Why do foreign investors leave Bulgaria as if it were the Titanic?

Despite being one of the most beautiful countries in the European Union, despite having talented and educated people, despite a favourable tax environment, Bulgaria is likely to stay as the poorest in the EU, and to continue losing its population, writes Blaga Thavard.
EU Elections 2019 30-01-2019

Fallout from the Kaczynski Twin Towers scandal

The public image of Poland’s political mastermind Jarosław Kaczyński and his ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party was shattered by revelations published by the Gazeta Wyborcza daily on Tuesday (29 January). Piotr Kaczyński (unrelated to the PiS leader) looks into the fallout.
Central Europe 07-06-2018

Masks fall as Romanian government withdraws UNESCO application for Rosia Montana

The Romanian government has officially requested UNESCO to withdraw Bucharest's application to make Rosia Montana a protected world heritage site. The move prompted outrage and protests over the ruling PSD's apparent links with the company that wants to turn the site into a commercial gold mine, writes Claudia Ciobanu.

Tackling corruption in football is actually a fight for democracy

Football can be a force for good and democratisation but it can also shelter some of the worst aspects of society, like corruption and money laundering to mask illegal activities, warns MEP Stelios Kouloglou.
Enlargement 03-04-2018

Ending state capture in the Balkans – bridging the gap between EU words and deeds

The EU is still failing to address the issue of state capture in the Balkans and, by choosing stability over democracy in the region, has been undermining its own credibility and values. But now it must take strong actions in view of the 2025 admission perspective, writes Shpend Ahmeti.  

Murky world of Golden Visas puts EU at risk of corruption

Twelve EU member states offer ‘golden visas’ to the super rich. In return for some form of investment, non-Europeans receive residency and often a second passport and access to the whole of the EU. The potential for corruption is huge, writes Rachel Owens.