Fortune favours the bold in new EU

At the beginning of this year the EU welcomed two new member states, Bulgaria and Romania.

3rd February, 2007

At the beginning of this year the EU welcomed two new member states, Bulgaria and Romania.

There were those who felt that neither would ever make it into the union, as both had more than once been criticised for dragging their heels on necessary reforms.

Areas which came in for particular criticism included security policy and endemic corruption - these are both issues on which Bulgaria and Romania are still working.

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