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Two countries that do now seem to be assured of joining the European Union at the beginning of next year are Bulgaria and Rumania. But as the FT reported this morning, the mood in Brussels is hardly celebratory - grudging and embittered might be a better description.

Many of the concerns centre on the issue of corruption. David Rennie in The Daily Telegraph reports on a bizarre sounding effort to root out corruption in Bulgaria by psychological profiling of policemen. The idea is to establish which coppers might be susceptible to bribery. My assumption is that most Bulgarian policemen – like most people – might be willing to take a backhander, depending on its size and the risk involved.

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