How voters shook up Europe’s most corrupt state

Source: Christian Science Monitor
by staff

“A poll of 40,000 people in the European Union last month found a third say corruption has gotten worse over the previous year. That does not speak well for EU attempts over decades to instill honest governance in its 27 member states. Oddly enough, the bloc can now take heart from its poorest and most corrupt member, Bulgaria. Over the past year, starting with mass protests last July, Bulgarians have voted in two elections to not only oust a longtime prime minister perceived as corrupt but also to choose an anti-corruption party as the largest vote-getter and the expected leader of a new government. ‘This is a sign that corruption … can no longer be tolerated,’ Vessela Tcherneva of the European Council on Foreign Relations think tank told a Bulgarian television station.” (07/14/21)