European Parliament debate on Bulgaria: ‘Fed up with corruption’

Perhaps the most telling point in the European Parliament debate on the rule of law in Bulgaria came from German Greens MEP Daniel Freund, as he told the House of how he had visited the anti-government protesters in Sofia.

Speaking to them individually, he had been told how they were fed up with corruption, with a justice system that had been captured, with media freedom that had been eroded.

Freund said that he had been told by protesters how EU funds had been stolen in Bulgaria by a corrupt elite, to buy up what remained of the independent media.

“They were unanimous,” he said. “Stop the EU funds – it means not stopping feeding hungry children, but taking away the caviar from corrupt oligarchs.”

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Clive Leviev-Sawyer

Clive Leviev-Sawyer is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Sofia Globe. He is the author of the book Bulgaria: Politics and Protests in the 21st Century (Riva Publishers, 2015), and co-author of the book Bulgarian Jews: Living History (The Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria 'Shalom', 2018). He is also the author of Power: A Political Novel, available via, and, on the lighter side, Whiskers And Other Short Tales of Cats (2021), also available via Amazon. He has translated books and numerous texts from Bulgarian into English.