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Tuca, Victor Iulian

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Revista 22 - Romania | 11/04/2007

The Balkanisation of Brussels

At the end of March it was revealed that functionaries of EU authorities in Brussels were allegedly involved in a corruption case of an international scale. Victor Iulian Tuca asserts that this is the result of the Balkanisation of Europe, and that meanwhile new EU member Romania is trying to become more European. "In the states of 'old' Europe there is virtually zero tolerance for corruption. This was one of the reasons why many states had their reservations about Romania and Bulgaria being allowed to join the EU on January 1, 2007. Many European capitals wanted their accession to be postponed until 2008 in case their judicial reforms came to a standstill or the constitutional state started floundering. The repercussions of the scandal in Brussels will also be felt in Romania. In Bucharest, people will say things like,... 'there's corruption in Europe, too' or 'they have just as much corruption as we do'. And it won't make any difference that in other European countries - in contrast to Romania - such crimes do not go unpunished."

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