In Romania and Bulgaria the impact of Europeanization was truncated by corruption, traffic of influence and the survival of organized crime networks.
The ability of previous networks of influence (be it party, secret police but also informal practices of traffic of influence diffused throughout social structures) to recycle themselves and adapt to the new political and economic environments have contributed to the politicization of public institutions, privatization of public interests and functions, and subordination of the judiciary to leading political and economic interests.
In the few cases where prosecution of high level officials (ministers, former ministers or former prime ministers) for corruption, bribery, abuse of public office or traffic of influence got under way, they were repeatedly rebuffed by parliament who refused to strip them of parliamentary immunity.
national political elite has learnt to settle scores while accounting for EU reforms: the political colours of the high officials placed under investigation for corruption, traffic of influence or bribery is indirectly related to the political colour of the government in office).
In the Baltic States, until now, this process occurred mainly through bogus privatizations, self-privatizations, pay-offs, and traffic of influence
. In other words, State capture assumed the form of appropriation of state activities, like a large real estate business, to give jobs to family members, friends, and allies who usually are extremely incompetent to perform the activities they are expected to, and to make bidding to be directed to their own or their friends' and allies' companies.
They exercise an international traffic of influence
by manipulations and falsifications of information (such as biographies, history of events, etc.), discourage people for working on topics different from theirs, and use subversive techniques in their interest of hegemony in science, arts, and letters.
The native varieties of graft and traffic of influence
are as diverse as the republic's flora and as ingrained as praying to the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Once the present tour concludes, Adan will be collaborating with veteran Congolese guitarist Papa Noel (seen at last year's Womad), higlighting the constant traffic of influence
and inspiration between West Africa and Cuba.
Charles Burdett ("Montale and Cardarelli: A Two-Way Traffic of Influence
") identifies thematic and lexical similarities in a selection of lyrics concerning mortality by Cardarelli and Montale.