Countryaah-ABCDE, violent demonstrations were held in several
parts of the country in September, triggered by a car
accident in which a 19-year-old was killed by a relative of
a known mafia boss. The protesters incited the country's
Roma, as the family in question was Roman. The extreme right
demanded the reintroduction of the death penalty and the
demolition of Roma "ghettos". The president called for a
halt to hate speech, and the National Security Council met
because of the unrest.
In the October presidential election, the ruling
right-wing party defeated GERB's candidate Rosen Plevneliev.
In the second round, he won over Socialist Ivailo Kalfin
with close to 55% of the vote. GERB was also successful in
the municipal elections held simultaneously.
The electoral authorities were criticized for poor
organization and information on voting was available.
Bulgaria was prevented from joining the Schengen Passport
Union, despite all conditions being met and despite the
European Commission's praise for progress in the fight
against corruption and organized crime. France and Germany
were among the countries that refused, citing a lack of