Bulgaria’s media environment has deteriorated significantly in recent years, with an increase in hate speech and violence against journalists. Transparency of media ownership continues to be a serious problem, as are media monopolies, the fusion of media and politics, and the lack of transparency of funding sources.

In 2017 and 2018, the Bulgarian economy performed very well in terms of GDP growth, especially considering the poor results in the eurozone. It closed most of the gap with the average EU employment rate. However, Bulgaria remains the poorest EU member state with the highest inequality by a wide margin.

Various aspects of governance have not improved much due to the very difficult challenge of managing a diverse coalition with often incompatible values and goals. Coordination has been weak as political scandals and policy failures have abounded.

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