Senior Merkel ally urges action over Bulgaria’s corruption crisis

Hans Von Der Burchard

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov's efforts to hang on to power amid a spiraling corruption crisis face an unexpected new challenge after a top ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday urged closer scrutiny of Sofia.

For years, Borissov has enjoyed a close alliance with Merkel, and his importance to her center-right European People's Party grouping on the European stage has triggered numerous accusations that Brussels and Berlin turn a blind eye to the Balkan nation's rule of law problems.

In a sign that the tide could be turning, however, Gunther Krichbaum, a senior lawmaker from Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) urged the EPP and the European Commission to pay closer attention to Bulgaria.

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