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Bulgaria on the Edge

Have corruption, human trafficking and organised crime links at the highest levels of government all become rife since the country joined the EU a decade ago?

Have corruption, human trafficking and organised crime links at the highest levels of government all become rife since the country joined the EU a decade ago?

The BBC's Laurence Knight reports from Sofia, where migrants claim crossing what is the EU's external frontier is not only easy, but is often facilitated by the Bulgarian border police, for a bit of cash. And the problems of corruption don't end there - questions are raised over the probity of the judiciary and of senior politicians.

Today's programme includes interviews with the Bulgarian Red Cross, Iliana Savova of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, economist Krassen Stanchev, and with journalist and former protest leader Manol Glishev.

(Picture: Bulgarian border police patrol next to a barbed wire wall fence erected on the Bulgaria-Turkey border; Credit: Nikolay Doychinov/AFP/Getty Images)

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