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Yearbook 2011

2011 BulgariaBulgaria. According to 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.

2011 Bulgaria

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 legal certainty.

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