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How Viktor Orban sells to Hungarians the illusion he has resolved the import of gas from Romania

de Claudia Pirvoiu, Cristian Pantazi HotNews.ro
Hungary will soon sign an agreement that will allow it to import 4 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Romania annually for the next 15 years, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced last week. It is, in fact, an agreement on the use of the future gas pipeline BRUA, which does not guarantee that the entire quantity of 4 billion cubic meters of gas will be exported to Hungary. Once Romania is linked to the West European market via Hungary - Austria, the Romanian gas will be bought by the consumer who will provide the best conditions.
Parte dintr-un sistem C4I
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​High-stake, secretly signed agreement between Romanian company and the company owned by Elliot Broidy, US lobbyist who took top Romanian politician close to Trump

de Dan Tapalaga, Adrian Vasilache, Victor Cozmei HotNews.ro
Vineri, 9 Feb 2018 English | Top News
An agreement with a major financial stake was signed February 1st this year between representatives of a Romanian state company and a US company owned by Elliot Broidy, an American lobbyist involved in the visit of two top Romanian politicians to Washington for the inauguration of Donald Trump's presidency. Representatives of Romania's Economy ministry have confirmed the information for HotNews.ro. The agreement was signed in secrecy, without media presence or press releases, in an opaque manner, despite it being attended by top ministers and the US Ambassador to Bucharest.
Elliot Broidy
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US publication: Company owned by lobbyist who invited Romanian governing party officials to Trump inauguration has opened offshoot in Romania

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 8 Feb 2018 English | Top News
US publication McClatchydc.com has published an investigation into the businesses of American lobbyist Elliot Broidy, suggesting that his invitation to top Romanian officials to attend the inauguration of President Donald Trump is linked to the expansion of his business to defense contracts.
Darius Valcov
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Darius Valcov, seen as maker of Romanian governing party's economic program, receives 8-year sentence for corruption

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 8 Feb 2018 English | Top News
The man seen as the brain behind the economic governance program of Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD), Darius Valcov, was sentenced to 8 years in a traffic of influence case on Thursday. The sentence given by the High Court of Justice can be appealled. Valcov is currently serving as an aide for PM Viorica Dancila.
Dan Tapalaga
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OPINION Governing Social Democrats' plan of total power seizure in Romania has been set in motion

de Dan Tapalaga, transl. Ed. staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 1 Feb 2018 English | Top News
The leader of the governing Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea has realized that he is fighting the justice system in vain unless he first controls the institutions of force. For that reason, with his crony Viorica Dancila being appointed Prime Minister, he quickly moved to the plan of total power capture. I wrote on Friday that the PSD leader will capture the last unconquered institutions of the state, the intelligence and security-related bodies and services DOS, DGPI, SPP, SRI, SIE and obviously the anti-corruption prosecutors office, the DNA. Only three days after the new government took office, the balance looks bad. Three key institutions are already being taken in sight and pressed to surrender to the new master.

Juncker's warning: If Romanian laws of Justice remain as voted by the Parliament, talks about CVM and Schengen will be put in different terms / Klaus Iohannis: The independence of justice is intangible

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 31 Ian 2018 English | Top News
European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker warned on Wednesday that should the attempts to change Romanian Justice laws remain as voted by the Parliament, talks on the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism - a key Justice monitoring instrument applied on Romania when it joined the EU - and Schengen membership would be put in different terms. Juncker also said in a joint press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in Brussels that the EU will not accept Romania to take steps back on the rule of law.

Juncker, asked if activating Article 7 for Romania is considered, dismisses any talks about it now

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 31 Ian 2018 English | Top News
European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker said in a joint press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday that he did not believe "under any circumstances" that we can speak of the activation of Article 7 of the European Treaties in the case of Romania. Article 7, triggered in the case of Poland for the risk of a serious violation of the rule of law, may end up with the suspension of the country's voting right.

Governing PSD party leader Dragnea announces intention to change laws on Romanian intelligence services

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 31 Ian 2018 English | Top News
​Romanian House of Deputies speaker Liviu Dragnea, the leader of the governing Social Democratic Party (PSD), said on Wednesday that amendments to the national security laws should be initiated in the upcoming parliamentary session. According to Dragnea, Romanian intelligence services SRI and SIE (the foreign intelligence service), "two highly respected structures," need new and more modern legislation.
Viorica Dancila
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Romanian Parliament approves highly criticised third Social Democratic government in less than a year

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 29 Ian 2018 English | Top News
Romania's Parliament on Monday passed the third Social Democratic Party (PSD) -led government in less than a year. The vote comes despite criticism that the new PM, Viorica Dancila, who is the first woman to serve in the job, is just a dummy for PSD leader Liviu Dragnea, who can't stand for PM due to a sentence for electoral fraud. And many of the ministers have also caused stupefaction with their poor use of Romanian grammar and controversial statements during parliamentary hearings.
Viorica Dancila si Liviu Dragnea
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UPDATE It's official: Full list of new Romanian government led by Viorica Dancila. Who are the new ministers?

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Vineri, 26 Ian 2018 English | Top News
Romania's nominated prime minister Viorica Dancila presented on Friday the full list of ministers due to take part in her future government. Her team, decided by the governing Social Democrats (PSD) in marathon leadership talks today, includes both members of the previous government, and new faces who would replace ministers seen as close to deposed PM Mihai Tudose.
  • UPDATE See who the new ministers in the proposed government are

Romania's Constitutional Court makes first decision on controversial laws of justice. Some provisions of the Law on Judicial Organization – unconstitutional. Disputed special office to investigate magistrates - constitutional

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 24 Ian 2018 English | Top News
The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) on Tuesday declared unconstitutional a series of provisions of the controversial Law on Judicial Organization, which passed through Parliament late last year. It also decided to postpone the debate on the other two disputed pieces of justice legislation which sparked public outcry over the past several months, namely the Statute of Magistrates and the Organization of the Superior Council of Magistrates, for January 30, according to News.ro news agency. In the case of the Law decided upon today, the CCR considered that a key provision which caused a lot of criticism, the establishment of a special body to investigate magistrates, was constitutional.

Bucharest Mayor Gabriela Firea proposes new institution in the future Government: the Bucharest State Secretariat

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 24 Ian 2018 English | Bucharest
A new structure for the development of the capital will be set up as part of the future government, governing PSD sources told HotNews.ro. According to them, a department for the development of Bucharest will be set up within the Ministry of Development, at the proposal of the Bucharest mayor Gabriela Firea (PSD). She confirmed for HotNews.ro that she proposed the establishment of a new structure of a Bucharest State Secretariat, based on the model of England, where the London Ministry exists.
Protest 20 ianuarie: Piata Universitatii e plina
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UPDATE ​Massive protests take place in Bucharest on Saturday against governing coalition plans to subdue justice and harsh economic changes

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Sâmbătă, 20 Ian 2018 English | Top News
Massive protests in the making for more than a month are due to take place in Romanian capital city Bucharest on Saturday evening. Demonstrations, gathering local people as well as protesters from around the country, are aimed against government plans to subdue the judiciary politically, to put an end to the fight against corruption, as well as a series of government measures including changes to the fiscal code, which are seen as burdening the economy.
  • UPDATE 9.30 p.m. The latest estimates say some 100,000 people attended the protests across the country, 70,000 in Bucharest.
  • UPDATE 8.00 p.m. Somewhere between 40,000-55,000 are estimated to have taken part in the first two hours of protests in Bucharest starting 6 p.m. on Saturday. Many thousands more attended protests in other cities across the country, including Iasi, Cluj, Sibiu, Timisoara. In Bucharest, incidents between protesters and gendarmes were reported in the first phase of the protest, before gendarmes dropped attempts to contain the march and check participants pouring into University Square.
Raine Seele
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EXCLUSIVE OMV CEO Rainer Seele: It makes no sense and we have no interest in Petrom-Gazprom cooperation / Petrom has to go abroad / Big volumes coming with Neptune project will be exported

de Cristian Pantazi HotNews.ro
Vineri, 19 Ian 2018 English | Top News
Major Romanian energy company Petrom "has to go abroad" in order to secure new reserves and Kazakhstan and Bulgaria are possible targets, OMV CEO and Petrom supervisory council chairman Rainer Seele says in an interview with HotNews.ro. Seele says it makes no sense for Petrom to cooperate with Gazprom when it comes to business or shareholders. Seele lauded the performance of Mariana Gheorghe, who has managed Petrom for the past 12 years. He says new Petrom CEO Christina Verchere Christina Verchere understands especially the development of gas fields and gas projects.

OPINION Anger vs. rational thinking. Two perspectives on President Klaus Iohannis decision to quickly accept the PSD proposal for prime minister

Joi, 18 Ian 2018 English | Top News
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis' decision on Wednesday to quickly announce that he accepted the PSD proposal for prime minister, MEP Viorica Dancila, just one hour after the conclusion of the consultations with the parties, raised an unprecedented wave of public indignation. Rightly, in the absence of more detailed arguments and explanations, the feeling of abandon without fighting has revolted even the most infamous supporters of the president. Once the wave of emotion slowed down, we can go through both perspectives with calm. There are a number of arguments from the president. Few have seen or accepted them. So what are the two perspectives?

Romanian President Iohannis accepts PSD nomination and designates Viorica Dancila as prime minister

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 17 Ian 2018 English | Top News
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis announced on Wednesday that he decided to accept Social Democratic Party's (PSD) nomination for prime minister, MEP Viorica Dancila. He said he made the decision considering the Constitution, the decisions of the Constitutional Court and the fact that the PSD and their allies held a majority in the Parliament.

​​OPINION The hardest moment of Romanian President Iohannis's career: The "Dancila test"

de Cristian Pantazi, transl. Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 17 Ian 2018 English | Top News
Any move made by Romania's President Klaus Iohannis must be judged by two filters: 1) public interest; 2) his political interest in being re-elected in 2019. Faced with the test put up by the governing Social Democrats led by House speaker Liviu Dragnea, after their nomination of MEP Viorica Dancila for the seat of prime minister, Iohannis knows perfectly well that the public interest is for him to refuse the proposal. Electorally speaking, however, the interests of the president are different: he wants the PSD not to give a prime minister that can become a strong counter-candidate in 2019 and, moreover, he wants the PSD to settle the critical situation in public finances.
Viorica Dancila
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Romania's ruling Social Democrats nominate MEP Viorica Dancila for prime minister

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Marţi, 16 Ian 2018 English | Top News
The leadership of Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD) on Tuesday nominated Viorica Dancila, a MEP since 2009, for the seat of prime minister, in the wake of PM Mihai Tudose's withdrawal on Monday. Dancila is a politician who has grown in local politics in an area long ruled by current PSD leader Liviu Dragnea.
Mihai Fifor
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Romanian President names Defense minister Mihai Fifor interim prime minister in wake of PM Mihai Tudose's resignation

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Marţi, 16 Ian 2018 English | Top News
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis named Mihai Fifor, who has served as Defense minister in Mihai Tudose's government until now, as interime prime minister on Tuesday. Iohannis said in a press statement that he would start consultations with parliamentary parties for the nomination of a prime minister starting Wednesday.
Mihai Tudose
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BREAKING Romanian PM Mihai Tudose resigns

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 15 Ian 2018 English | Top News
Romanian PM Mihai Tudose informed the leadership of the governing Social Democratic Party (PSD) on Monday evening that he would resign, according to Agriculture minister Petre Daea. Political sources quoted by TV news channels had previously said a resignation was submitted at a party leadership meeting. Sources have also told HotNews.ro that several of his ministers would also resign.
UPDATE PM Tudose has confirmed his resignation, saying he would not serve as interim head of government until a replacement was found.

OPINION Conflict on repeat at the leadership of Romania's governing PSD party. What are the assets of rivals Dragnea and Tudose and who is the third way

de Cristian Pantazi, transl. Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 15 Ian 2018 English | Top News
The second conflict between Liviu Dragnea, the leader of Romania's governing Social Democratic Party (PSD), and PSD's PM Mihai Tudose comes in less than a year and throws PSD back into the crisis. The confrontation between the two has a new episode today, under the eyes of the so-called barons - influential local PSD leaders across the country - who want more power. The discussion is based on a different reality from the previous conflict with Tudose's deposed predecessor, Sorin Grindeanu: now, Liviu Dragnea no longer has the parliamentary majority to beat the Government, nor is it certain that Iohannis will appoint a new PSD prime minister. TOP PSD figures such as Bucharest mayor Gabriela Firea and minister Lia Olguta Vasilescu, allied so far with Dragnea, also see the opportunity of the moment.

THURSDAY ROUNDUP Romanian justice laws: President, ambassadors, investors speak out against governing coalition attempts to subdue the judiciary

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 21 Dec 2017 English | Top News
European ​Ambassadors, international investors, President Iohannis are among those who have risen their voice for the past two days against attempts by the Romanian governing coalition to bring down the Romanian judiciary and the fight against corruption. Meanwhile, the coalition gives no sign of slowing down or stepping back in face of criticism. Here is the latest roundup.

​ROUNDUP Parliamentary offensive against Romanian criminal law and Justice laws continues amid protest, criticism - latest news

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 20 Dec 2017 English | Top News
Romanian MPs of the governing coalition continue their offensive for changing the laws of the Romanian justice on Wednesday, despite fierce criticism of their amendments and accusations that they destroy Romanian criminal law and the fight against corruption. Here are the latest news on their activity.

Romanian MPs in fast forward actions to change the laws of Justice. The latest events

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Marţi, 19 Dec 2017 English | Top News
Romanian MPs of the governing PSD-ALDE coalition have been moving fast to change the laws of Justice, despite massive criticism, in process started several weeks ago. Here are the lastest events.
Dan Tapalaga
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OPINION. The toughest winter for Romania. What's next in govt coalition efforts to subdue Justice

de Dan Tapalaga, transl. Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Marţi, 19 Dec 2017 English | Top News
The governing PSD and ALDE parties seem determined to pass the laws changing the rules of Romanian justice by Christmas, despite hundreds of magistrates coming out in several cities across the country on Monday in a silent protest on court stairs, in an unprecedented move after the fall of communism. Street manifestations have lost their energy and mobilization, somehow naturally after months and weeks of admirable civic efforts. From now on, we will enter a more tight calendar of actions. What are we heading for?
Protestul magistratilor in Cluj
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​A first for Romanian judiciary: Magistrates in Cluj, Constanta protest changes to laws of justice

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 18 Dec 2017 English | Top News
Dozens of magistrates in the Romanian cities of Cluj and Constanta convened outside courts on Monday in protest to a series of changes to the laws of justice currently taking place in the Parliament, according to local media.
Pancarta la protest: Noi in frig, hotii la racoare!
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Renewed major protests in Bucharest, other cities against Romanian govt coalition plans to destroy justice system

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 18 Dec 2017 English | Top News
Some 10,000 people faced rain, snow and low temperatures in Bucharest on Sunday evening and many thousands more in Cluj, Iasi and other major cities across Romania for a new round of protests against governing coalition plans to change the laws of Justice in the Parliament.

Another blow to Romanian Justice: PSD deputies submit bill to block incrimination of acts of corruption if not self-interested

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 18 Dec 2017 English | Top News
If a person would commit acts of corruption but not for their own benefit, but for the benefit of others, the incrimination of such acts would no longer be possible, according to a new bill submitted by a group of 15 deputies of the Romanian governing PSD party, newspaper Adevarul has reported.

Main Romanian body dealing with organised crime, DIICOT, says planned changes to criminal codes would block  the institution

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 14 Dec 2017 English | Top News
DIICOT, the prosecutor's office dealing with organised creime in Romania, says in a press release issued on Thursday that it is "surprised" and "concerned" about a series of planned changes to the criminal codes of the country, which are due to be discussed in the Parliament. It warned that the activity of DIICOT, which runs some 1,200 anti-drugs cases monthly, would be blocked from the very beginning, should the changes come into effect.

Romanian President says planned changes of criminal codes in Parliament "too big, too speedy"

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 14 Dec 2017 English | Top News
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said in Brussels on Thursday that a series of planned changes to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, currently on agenda of the Romanian Parliament, are "too big and too speedy".

National Anti-corruption Division: Decriminalizing the offense of false testimony, with effect on all the cases in progress / Who would be among the great beneficiaries

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 14 Dec 2017 English | Top News
Romania's National Anti-corruption Division (DNA) says in a press release that one of the amendments to the Criminal Code actually decriminalizes the offense of false testimony and draws attention to the fact that this has the effect of "including all the pending cases".

Another lethal amendment for Romanian criminal law says suspect must first be warned before the prosecutors can begin to collect evidence

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 14 Dec 2017 English | Top News
HotNews.ro has identified another fatal amendment for the investigators, in a long series of amendments aimed at changing the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code. PSD and ALDE, the governing coalition parties, propose to amend the article of the Criminal Procedure Code which refers to „Bringing to  knowledge of the quality of suspect”.

Disaster at Romania's motorway company: 0 km of motorways, 0 km of by-pass variants, 0 km of national road completed in 2017, says association

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 14 Dec 2017 English | Top News
​The end of the year balance sheet of Romania's National Road Infrastructure Administration Company (CNAIR) shows a disaster on all levels, says Pro Infrastructure Association, which asks the CNAIR director to resign. The NGO that tracks  the infrastructure projects is accusing the motorway company management of not finding solutions to launch public "new, perfectly circulating road segments."

Romanian anti-graft body DNA blasts governing coalition proposals to change criminal procedure code / DNA head Kovesi: If applied, the changes would close down anti-corruption directorate

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 14 Dec 2017 English | Top News
Romania's National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) reacted on Thursday to proposals submitted by the governing PSD-ALDE coalition to change the criminal procedure code. The planned changes "would have a devastating effect on criminal inquiries as they eliminate indispensablelegal means by which investigating bodies can pursue criminal inquiries", a DNA press release says. It says a EU directive  aimed at strengthening the rules on presumption of innocence, which is used as an argument to introduce the changes, is "just a pretense to eliminate the ability of criminal inquiry bodies to uncover and prove crimes and the purpose of the changes has nothing to do with the presumption of innocence".
  • DNA head Laura Codruta Kovesi warned in a statement for Digi 24 channel on Thursday that if applied, the planned changes would leade to the closure of the DNA. "They wouldn't allow us to investigate corruption", she said.

Romanian parliamentary parties about to deal destructive blow to justice with amendments imposing censorship, witness intimidation and others

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 14 Dec 2017 English | Top News
A special commission of the Romanian Parliament on Thursday is expected to discuss a series of amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, which if adopted will deliver a massive blow to Romanian justice. They argue changes to the codes are needed because of a EU directive. But the amendments appear to be conceived specifically to save whole categories of culprits, while others impose heavy limits to inquiries or are aimed at intimidating investigators.
  • UPDATE The head of the special commission said on Thursday morning that the talks on the amendments to the criminal codes would take place on Monday
Dan Tapalaga
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OPINION ​Why is the governing PSD in such a rush to destroy Romanian justice?

Joi, 14 Dec 2017 English | Top News
That’s how it started in Hungary eight years ago. It's true, Victor Orban's Fidesz won a majority of two-thirds in Parliament in 2010. With this support he slaughtered not only the laws and institutions but also the Constitution. It would be the only specific difference to what happens in Romania these days. Still, we find a striking resemblance to the actions of Romania's PSD-ALDE-UDMR coalition in recent days. Like Orban, PSD leader Liviu Dragnea has not lost time in parliamentary debates and has changed key laws without consultation, transparency and other minimum conditions of dialogue in a rule of law.

​Romania governing coalition MPs force new rule preventing debate of opposition-submitted amendments

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 13 Dec 2017 English | Top News
MPs of Romania's governing coalition voted on a new parliamentary rule on Wednesday morning, which leaves the opposition without the possibility to argue in support of its amendments. The move, which prompted criticism that it establishes a dictatorship of parliamentary majority, comes as the coalition forces a fast forward vote on a series of changes to the laws of the judiciary, seen as an attempt to subdue it politically.

The state of ongoing changes to Romanian Justice laws that the governing PSD-led coalition wants to adopt by Christmas

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Marţi, 12 Dec 2017 English | Top News
The three drafts for amending the Romanian laws of justice are at different stages in the parliamentary circuit at the moment, with only one adopted by the plenum of the House of Deputies, the first notified room. The Senate is the deciding chamber on all three bills aimed at changes the rules of the Judiciary, in defiance with massive criticism that they are an attempt to subdue it politically.

Controversial Romanian company Tel Drum and two of its representatives prosecuted for fraud with European funds

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Marţi, 12 Dec 2017 English | Top News
Romanian company Tel Drum and two of its representatives, Petre Pitis and Mircea Visan, are being prosecuted by DNA, the anti-graft body, for fraud with European funds leading to a prejudice of over Eur 1 million. Tel Drum, a bearer shares company, has been linked by the media to House speaker, governing Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader Liviu Dragnea, an association he denies.

Changes to ​​Justice laws catch speed in Romanian Parliament

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Marţi, 12 Dec 2017 English | Top News
The PSD-ALDE draft law amending Law 303/2004 on the Statute for Judges and Prosecutors, the amendments to which were voted by the House of Deputies on Wednesday, was adopted by the plenum of the House on Monday afternoon a solemn session in the memory of late King Michael. The bill is one of the key changes pushed by the governing coalition to Romanian laws on the Judiciary, which have sparked huge criticism as an attempt to subdue it politically.

​ANALYSIS Why the proposed changes to the Romanian laws on judiciary are dangerous

de Dan Tapalaga HotNews.ro
Sâmbătă, 9 Dec 2017 English | Top News
The governing coalition in Romania, which holds a majority in the Parliament, has been pushing for massive changes to three key pieces of legislation regarding the functioning of the Judiciary. The attempts to change the current legislation have been fiercely criticised as attempts to subdue the judiciary politically. They should be taken into consideration as a whole, not in separation. See the proposed changes below, step by step, then connect the dots to see the big picture.
Protest 6 decembrie, Parlament
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Romanian Parliament votes late into the night over controversial changes to laws of the Judiciary despite opposition protests, street demonstrations and intl pressure

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 7 Dec 2017 English | Top News
Romanian governing coalition deputies voted on a series of changes to the laws of the judiciary late into the night on Wednesday, despite opposition protests in the House of Deputies, street demonstrations outside of the Parliament HQ and earlier talks on the issue held by key Ambassadors to Romania. The political situation escalated throughout the day, despite a mourning period announced following the death of King Michael, a former, respected ruler of Romania, which was announced a day before.

Romanian Government approved draft budget for 2018

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 7 Dec 2017 English | Top News
The government approved on Wednesday the draft budget for 2018, which is based on 5.5% economic growth, annual average inflation of 3.1%, an average exchange rate of 4.55 lei / euro and net average earning monthly of 2,614 lei. The budget deficit in cash is estimated at 2.97% of GDP, while the ESA deficit is 2.96% of GDP, with a budget deficit target below 3% of GDP.

OPINION Romania's King has died and with him the idea of monarchy is fading

de Cristian Pantazi, adapt. editorial staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 7 Dec 2017 English | Top News
Romania's King Michael I, who ruled Romania before communists took over in mid-20th century, has died, taking with him the answers to some of the questions we all ask ourselves: what would have happened if he had refused to abdicate in 1947 and would he have faced the communists?? Why did he remove his nephew, former prince Nicholas, from the succession order? The passing of the last king of Romania, a heavily tried monarch, basically cancels out the possibility of restoring the monarchy and leaves behind a Royal House that seems unworthy of his memory.
Regele Mihai
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Romania's King Michael dies age 96

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Marţi, 5 Dec 2017 English | Top News
King Michael of Romania, 96, has died at his residence in Switzerland, the national television has announced, quoting a Royal House press release. King Michael was the living monarch who had survived the second world war.
Cristian Pantazi
Photo: Hotnews

OPINION US warns, Romania's governing PSD accelerates

de Cristian Pantazi HotNews.ro
Joi, 30 Nov 2017 English | Top News
The US has sent three signals for the past two days to Romania's PSD-ALDE governing coalition, warning it cannot rule against its own people. Their answer? Their  foot pressed on the throttle to the bottom for the rapid passage of the laws of Justice, plus misinformation and an attempt to stop the protests.

​Romanian Opposition in united front in Parliament against US State Dept-related statement by governing coalition leaders

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 30 Nov 2017 English | Politics
Representatives of Romanian opposition parties PNL, PMP and USR took the floor in the House of Deputies on Wednesday to challenge the statement made Tuesday by House speaker Liviu Dragnea and Senate speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, the leaders of the governing PSD-ALDE coalition, dismissing the US State Department urge that the Romanian Parliament drop planned changes to the laws of the judiciary.
Liviu Dragnea si Tariceanu
Photo: Agerpres

​Romania's governing coalition leaders react harshly to US Department of State stand on planned changes to Justice laws

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Marţi, 28 Nov 2017 English | Top News
The leaders of Romania's governing PSD-ALDE coalition reacted harshly on Tuesday to a US Department of State statement issued on Monday evening, which blasted planned changes to the laws regulating the Romanian justice system and which have been criticized as undermining the independence of Justice. The leaders of the coalition said they were "unpleasantly surprised" by the statement and rejected "any pressure" on the Parliament.

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