Business executive Sasha Bezuhanova chats with her colleagues in her office in Sofia

Source: Reuters - Thu, 1 Aug 2013 05:59 AM
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Business executive Sasha Bezuhanova (C), 50, chats with her colleagues in her office in Sofia July 31, 2013. Bulgaria, has been transformed in the past 23 years from a financially bankrupt one-party state into an open, stable market economy anchored in the European Union and NATO. But six years after joining the EU, it remains the poorest and one of the most graft-prone countries in the 28-member club, with average monthly salaries stuck at around 400 euros.The protesters, mostly young, well-educated and well-travelled, are deeply disillusioned with a political class they view as inept, opaque, corrupt and incapable of satisfying their core demand to live in a "normal European country". Picture taken July 31, 2013. To match Insight BULGARIA-PROTESTS/ REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST BUSINESS)