Bulgaria president vetoes anti-corruption law Jan 03, 2018 0 35 12345 REUTERSSOFIAPresident Rumen Radev on Tuesday vetoed anti-graft legislation passed by Bulgaria's parliament, saying the bill failed to offer the means to effectively investigate corruption networks.Radev acted only a day after Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country, assumed the six-month, rotating presidency of the bloc for the first time since it joined the EU in 2007.Bulgaria has made scant progress towards stamping out graft and organised crime, and the European Commission, the EU's executive, has repeatedly rebuked the Black Sea country for failing to prosecute and sentence allegedly corrupt officials.According to Transparency International, Bulgaria is the EU's most corrupt country.The legislation, approved by parliament on Dec. 20, entailed the creation of a special anti-graft unit meant to investigate persons occupying high public office as well as assets and conflicts of interest.But analysts said the unit's objectivity could be limited by the fact its management would be appointed by parliament under the legislation, and it therefore might not be truly independent and could by used by those in power to persecute opponents."I believe that the adopted law not only does not create an adequate legal basis for tackling corruption but will even make it difficult to fight it," Radev, who was elected in November 2016, said in a statement. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES German far-right lawmaker faces police complaint over hate tweet Jan 03, 2018 0 402 France vows crackdown after New Year attack on police Jan 03, 2018 0 48 German conservatives call for age tests of minors seeking asylum Jan 03, 2018 0 37 France to instal phones in prison cells in bold shift afp Paris France plans to instal landline phones in prison cells across the country in an ambitious bid to improve rehabilitation rates -- and cut down on rampant cellphone trafficking behind bars. The justice ministry .. Moldovan court suspends president's powers over minister refusal Chisinau The Moldovan constitutional court temporarily suspended the powers of President Igor Dodon on Tuesday following his refusal to approve the appointment of several pro-Europe ministers. Dodon repeatedly .. Police probe Berlin knife attacker for Islamist motive Berlin Police said Tuesday they were unable to rule out an Islamist background after a"deranged" Syrian knifeman was arrested over an attack in one of Berlin's underground stations. Witnesses said the .. French President Macron to visit China next week Beijing French President Emmanuel Macron will visit China for 3 days starting Jan 8, the Chinese foreign ministry said Tuesday, after the young leader declared the need for a stronger Europe to"face China". This will be .. Monkeys killed in UK safari park blaze AFP London A British safari park's entire troop of 13 Patas monkeys was killed in a fire that ripped through their shelter on Tuesday. Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire, southern England, said staff were .. Britain wants financial services included in EU trade deal: Davis REUTERS LONDON Britain wants to include financial services in a trade deal with the European Union which covers a full sweep of economic areas, Brexit minister David Davis said on Tuesday. Davis said that any deal that ..