Southeast Europe / Opinion

COMMENT: Bulgaria’s anti-corruption legislation becomes a political football

Nicholas Kaufmann in Brussels January 9, 2018

Bulgaria is doubling down on organised crime and corruption, but the problem could embarrass the government during its EU Presidency.

Romania's last king dies at 96

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest December 5, 2017

Reinstatement of the monarchy an even more distant prospect after the death of popular King Mihai, who took Romania out of its wartime alliance with Nazi Germany.

OPINION: Moldova’s leu turns 24

Alex M. Tanase in London November 29, 2017

The leu was born and has existed so far in a very challenging environment characterised by high corruption and soaring foreign debt.

CONFERENCE CALL: Romania, Bulgaria push back against multi-speed Europe

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest October 10, 2017

Bucharest and Sofia aim to use EU presidencies to argue against core vs periphery proposals that could sideline eastern member states and to call for a greater focus on unity.

OPINION: Can Romania and Bulgaria tame corruption?

Henry Stanek in Paris October 4, 2017

Facing down allegations of rampant corruption tearing apart at the seams of his country, Bulgarian President Ruman Radev is pressing for radical action from the top down and has drafted a new anti-corruption law he calls a "scalpel" for the gangrene.