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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, July 25, 2013

EU must keep an eye on oligarchies

EU member Bulgaria poses a problem for the rest of the community, the conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung comments: "Bulgaria is not what an EU state should be but this doesn't mean it breaches any EU treaties or violates any fundamental rights. The oligarchs' rule is exercised from behind the scenes, in an environment that on the surface complies with the rules. … At times it's almost impossible to distinguish between the normal manifestations of a democratic community and the pathological symptoms of a corruption that permeates all political entities and the state as a whole. … As long as it doesn't make any major blunders, EU law is powerless against it. … So it's all the more important that the European Commission and the other member states make it clear to Bulgaria that they know very well what the real game is - and that they will use chances like the one that has presented itself in Bulgaria now to clamp down on the oligarchic criminal complex."

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