Poverty in Bulgaria drives more to make ultimate sacrifice
10 May 2013 Last updated at 07:11 BST
In Bulgaria, six people have set fire to themselves in protest at worsening poverty levels since the start of the year, with four losing their lives.
When Bulgarians go to the polls on Sunday, poverty will be a big issue. The last government was toppled in February after a wave of public anger at falling wages in the EU's poorest member state.
Tom Esslemont reports.