According to Deutsche Welle (DW), Bulgaria and Romania are still “on shaky ground”, ten years after becoming members of the European Union. Both countries “remain beset by corruption”, it says in their latest article on the two Balkan countries.
Germany’s public international broadcaster writes accurately, Romania was facing its biggest wave of anti-government protests since 1989. This part of the article deals with demonstrations in Bucharest and 55 other towns and cities, which took place on Wednesday. The participants protested against a recent government decree, according to which offences having to do with abuse of power are not criminal, if the amount of money involved does not exceed 44,000 Euro.
That decree did not only lead to those protests in Romania, but also to harsh criticism from governments abroad and the European Union.
Regarding Bulgaria, the DW article says, the country faced no angry backlash from its citizens at this point, but it prepared for its third parliamentary elections since 2013. Also, Bulgaria was burdened by even greater corruption that its northern neighbour.
Deutsche Welle is also quoting the latest CVM report released by the European Commission.