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2018 BulgariaBulgaria. In October, investigative TV journalist Viktoria Marinova was found raped and murdered in a park in the city of Ruse. According to, Marinova led an investigative program which included, among other things, corruption with EU funds. In the first program, business peaks and politicians were highlighted. A 20-year-old man was later arrested in Germany and extradited to Bulgaria. According to Bulgarian Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov, it is not possible to say whether the murder is linked to Marinova's work as a journalist.

At least 15 people were killed and 27 were then injured in a tourist bus in April driven by the highway near the capital Sofia. According to new figures from the European Commission, road safety in Bulgaria and Romania is the worst in the EU, with about four times as many deaths per inhabitant compared to Sweden (which has the best safety). On the other hand, the European Commission notes that European roads are the safest in the world. More than 25,000 people died in the European in traffic in 2017, which corresponds to 49 people in 1 million residents.

2018 Bulgaria

According to a report published in September, the Swedish clothing chain H&M failed to allow textile workers in the supply chain to receive so-called living wage. This applies, among other things, to subcontractors in Bulgaria.

At a speech in November on the 29th anniversary of the fall of communism and dictator Todor Zhivkov, President Rumen Radev harshly criticized the sitting right-wing government. He said, among other things, that "the threats to the foundations of democracy are now at a critical level" and aimed partly at neo-Nazi forces in the country and partly at the suspicions of widespread corruption.

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