Bulgaria is located in the southeast part of the Balkans. The country borders on the Black Sea, which attracts tourists all year round.
Bulgaria came under the Soviet sphere of influence after WWII, and became a People's Republic in 1946. Communist rule ended in 1990, and the country again held multiparty elections, moving toward a political democracy and market economy. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.
After Bulgaria's European qualifier against England was marred by serious racism, calls for tougher action are getting louder. But what can sanctions achieve when the problem is so deeply entrenched in the fan culture?
The EU's statistics body Eurostat says more than 25-thousand people lost their lives on the bloc's roads in 2016 - the last year for which statistics for all 28 EU member states are available. The situation is bleakest in Bulgaria. The state of the country's roads is a pressing public issue. But as Rob Cameron reports from Sofia, the authorities insist things are improving.
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