Bulgaria. In March, Bulgaria went to parliamentary
elections. According to
Countryaah.com, victory made the center-right party GERB with
about 33% of the vote. The Socialist Party (BSP) got about
28%. GERB's party leader Boiko Borisov was able to form
government again. He was previously prime minister in
2009-13 and 2014-16.
In connection with the elections, Turkey was accused of
interfering in the electoral process by trying to pressure
the Turkish minority to vote for Turkish-friendly parties.
Bulgarian nationalists must therefore have guarded the
border with Turkey to prevent Bulgarian citizens living in
Turkey from entering the country to vote.
In June, a Swedish man was imprisoned who kicked a hotel
maid in the head in the resort of Sunny Beach. The incident
was documented by a surveillance camera. The 53-year-old man
risked three years in prison. In September, the verdict was
announced: a fine of SEK 24,000. According to the court, the
man showed an "absolute lack of humanity".
Bulgaria had a successful tourist season during the year,
an increase of just over 7%.
Suspicion of corruption and fraud in connection with
Bulgaria's procurement of new combat plan led to a
parliamentary commission of inquiry in September
recommending that the purchase be postponed for the future
and that the entire project restart. Among others, President
Rumen Radev was accused of interference. Saab has competed
with Portugal and Italy for an order worth SEK 7.5 billion.
Questions were raised about why Swedish Saab was included in
the procurement at all since Sweden is not a NATO country.