January 18, 2011
It’s amazing how much EU enlargement-related stories are in fact about corruption. Have a look at the Enlargement section homepage at EurActiv:
It’s true that there is some enlargement fatigue after Bulgaria and Romania joined in 2007. But the candidate countries themselves are not making their case easier. Croatia maybe is on the right track by having arrested its former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, suspected to be a corruption tsar. Hopefully he will have a fair trial and many others would be exposed and punished as well.
But it’s difficult to imagine this happening elsewhere. The Albanian case looks more as a scoop, rather a government policy to fight corruption. Regarding Bulgaria, I said what I wanted to say yesterday.Georgi Gotev