“Bulgaria”, Johanna Deimel (IEP, Germany)

in Yearbook of European Integration 2017

Bulgaria has, for the first time in its history, taken over the EU Presidency. The country is an important partner for ensuring stability and economic development in Southeastern Europe, is targeting the Eurozone and the Schengen area and intends to apply for membership in the ERM-II this semester. At the same time, however, Bulgaria still faces significant challenges. In addition to foreign policy tasks, this includes a high degree of social inequality, the problem of corruption, as well as a relatively weak jurisdiction, so that the effective implementation of reform projects proves to be particularly urgent.

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