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The Russian Economic Influence in the Western Balkans

The Western Balkans have become one of the regions, in which Russia has increasingly sought to (re)assert its presence in the past decade. In attempt to improve the understanding of the impact of the interplay between existing governance gaps and the inflow of authoritarian capital in the region, the Center for the Study of Democracy developed an assessment of the Russian economic footprint in Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. more »

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Foreign Meddling in the Western Balkans: Guarding against Economic Vulnerabilities
The Center for the Study of Democracy participated at a briefing at the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, held in Washington D.C. The participants in the briefing noted that malign outside influence in the Western Balkans, in particular by Russia, is of increasing concern. The lack of a strong legal framework makes countries in the region especially vulnerable to foreign capital that can be used to sow instability, undermine integration, and delay democratic development. more »

 
Love Moves: The Rights of Recognized Same-Sex Partners Moving Across the EU
Homophobia and unequal treatment for LGBTI people remain widespread across the EU. While indicators vary in the different Member States and the situation seems more favorable in some, compared to others, data shows that no country has achieved full LGBTI equality. Bulgaria is among the countries where the situation remains quite unfavorable. more »

 
Counter Terrorism: Bush, Obama, and Trump Policies
Whilst the US counter-terrorism policy is still being debated within the Trump Administration, there are already indications that it will remain consistent with the underlying trend observed under the Bush and Obama Administrations, whereby terrorism is framed as a foreign rather than a domestic threat against which America must protect itself with stronger borders, travel restrictions, and reductions in refugee flows and immigration as part of an open-ended conflict. more »

 
Victims of Crime – New Trends in Identifying, Needs Assessment and Referral in Bulgaria and the EU
Despite the transposition of the EU acquis on the protection of victims of crime, Bulgaria is still lagging behind in providing victims adequate support and participation in criminal proceedings. more »

 
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Bulgaria’s International Competitiveness 2017

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     CSD IN THE MEDIA
 

En 2016, un autre rapport, signé du Center for the Study of Democracy à Sofia, indiquait qu'un adulte sur cinq était mêlé à une activité de corruption, en payant ou en acceptant un pot-de-vin.
 

En Bulgarie, une corruption endémique,  Le Journal du Dimanche, 1 janvier 2018

 

 
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“No one [in Bulgaria] is prosecuting political corruption, there are no ex-government officials in jail,” says Ognian Shentov, chairman of the Centre for the Study of Democracy in Sofia. “We have reached a stage of state corruption which we describe as state capture.

report by his organisation paints a devastating picture of corruption from the top to bottom of society. More than one in five adults, 1.3 million, are thought to have taken part in a corrupt transaction, such as paying or receiving a bribe, but only 72 court cases were completed in 2015.”

Cloud of Corruption Hangs over Bulgaria as it Takes Up EU Presidency, The Guardian, 28 December 2017

 

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