Bulgaria. In October, investigative TV journalist
Viktoria Marinova was found raped and murdered in a park in
the city of Ruse. According to
Countryaah.com, 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
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.
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.