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​Romanian magistrates in unprecedented wave of protests against changes to Justice laws

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Romanian magistrates across the country on Friday launched a series of protests against a recent emergency ordinance by which the government introduced a series of unannounced changes to the laws of justice. The protests, which are due to continue next week and include organised suspensions of activity, are warning that the independence of Romanian judiciary is threatened for political purposes.
Frans Timmermans
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Top EU officials including Frans Timmermans become subjects of complaint registered by Romanian body claiming to investigate Justice-related crimes

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Miercuri, 20 Feb 2019 English | Top News
A newly established body aimed at investigating crimes within the Romanian judiciary has registered a complaint against EC vice-president Frans Timmermans and other top officials, who are accused with criminal actions including the creation of an organised crime group. The body was established as part of the moves of the current government to subdue the judiciary politically. The complaint comes from a website known for its serving the interests of Romania's governing coalition in its attempt to put an end to the fight against corruption and bring the judiciary against political control.
Tudorel Toader
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Romania Justice minister Toader sparks outrage with two ordinances to change the laws of Justice

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Miercuri, 20 Feb 2019 English | Top News
Romania's Justice minister Tudorel Toader on Tuesday announced that the government adopted two ordinances changing the laws of justice: one focused on the designation of Romanian candidates to European prosecutor jobs and another on changing the three laws governing the judiciary, which were massively changed by the PSD-ALDE coalition last year. The announcement sparked harsh criticism from the President, the opposition, experts.
Laura Codruta Kovesi
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Former Romanian anti-graft chief Kovesi, a candidate for EU chief prosecutor, hears charges in case opened against her back home

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Vineri, 15 Feb 2019 English | Top News
The former head of Romania's anti-graft prosecutor's office Laura Codruta Kovesi on Friday learned the charges brought against her in a corruption case which she says is aimed at undermining her candidacy for the job of EU chief prosecutor. She learned the charges after meeting a commission charged with investigating suspect magistrates, a body recently established by the governing coalition, criticised for attempting to subdue the judiciary and stifle the fight against corruption.
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Romanian Parliament finally adopts 2019 budget bill with prospective deficit up to 2.76%

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Vineri, 15 Feb 2019 English | Top News
Romania's Parliament on Friday finally voted the long overdue budget law for 2019, with the Government claiming it was a realistic one despite a long period of massive efforts to come up with some form of financial planning. The bill has been harshly criticized by the opposition, President Iohannis and analysts for being non-realistic, as it is based on forecast on an unexplained level of economic growth and revenues way above potential.
Laura Codruța Kovesi

Romania's former anti-graft office head Kovesi accuses domestic attempts to prevent her taking over as EU Chief Prosecutor

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Joi, 14 Feb 2019 English | Top News
The former head of Romania's anti-graft prosecutor's office (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi announced in a radio show on Europa FM on Wednesday evening that she has been summoned as a suspect in a case, just as she prepares to go through European Parliament hearings for the EU Chief Prosecutor job. She accused a domestic attempt to stop her from taking over the job, given the hostility of the governing coalition in Romania against her.

​Romania recognises Juan Guaido as interim president of Venezuela

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Vineri, 8 Feb 2019 English | Top News
Romania recognises Juan Guaido as interim president of Venezuela, the Romanian Presidency announced on Friday. It said President Iohannis made the decision in the wake of thoroughly analyzing the situation and in the context of most EU member states, most of Romania's North-Atlantic allies and partners have recognised the legitimacy of Juan Guaido as interim president.
Nicolae Ciuca, seful Statului Major
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Romania finds itself without head of Army while NATO secretary general visits Bucharest

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Joi, 31 Ian 2019 English | Top News
The Bucharest Court of Appeals has decided to suspend a decree by which President Klaus Iohannis has extended the term in office of the Army chief of staff, General Nicolae Ciuca. The decision is not final, but has to be applied, which means the Romanian Army remains without a head at the very moment NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visits Bucharest.
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Key Romanian leader Dragnea to be absent from ceremonies to launch Romanian EU Council Presidency

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Joi, 10 Ian 2019 English | Top News
The official ceremony for the launch of the Romanian presidency of the EU Council, scheduled in Bucharest with the participation of top EU leaders, will be missed by House of Deputies speaker Liviu Dragnea, the de facto leader of the governing Social Democrats (PSD). Dragnea, a politician who has received a suspended conviction for electoral fraud and faces other corruption cases, has delegated his tasks as speaker to vice-speaker Florin Iordache, also of the PSD.
Liviu Dragnea
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​Romania's judicial issues take international turn with cases involving top politician Dragnea, ex-chief anti-graft prosecutor Kovesi

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Miercuri, 9 Ian 2019 English | Top News
Two major judicial cases involving key public figures in Romania went international these days, shortly after the country took over the EU Council presidency. Both are related to the fight against corruption in the country and involve two major opponents - a former top anti-graft prosecutor and a political leader who had received a conviction.
Teodor Melescanu
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Russia Embassy sparks Romanian diplomatic reaction with comments about alleged smear campaign against Soviet "bandit and rapist" soldiers

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Luni, 31 Dec 2018 English | Top News
​Romania's Foreign Ministry reacted with "regrets" on Sunday to a statement published this weekend by the Russian Embassy to Bucharest, in which it claimed there was a campaign to smear the Red Army by labeling Russian soldiers during WWII as "bandits and rapists" while they liberated ECC countries from fascism. The Embassy statement was received as a provocation by Romanian commenters who point out the memories shared by the elderly, of the deeds Russians committed in their wake to their coming to Romania during and after the war.
Darius Valcov
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Romanian government adopts ordinance expanding taxation despite public outcry

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Sâmbătă, 22 Dec 2018 English | Top News
Romania's Social Democratic government late on Friday adopted a much criticised emergency ordinance which forces new or increased taxes on banks, energy and telecom companies and changes to private insurances. The ordinance is a slightly watered down version of a draft one which on Wednesday sent shocks through the stock exchange and the business sector. The government went with the initiative anyway, despite criticism of its lack of transparency and abusive actions.
Ion Iliescu
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​Romanian first post-communist president Ion Iliescu indicted for crimes against humanity in 1989 Revolution case

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Vineri, 21 Dec 2018 English | Top News
The man who took the reins of power in the wake of the anti-communist Revolution in Romania, Ion Iliescu, and three other high profile leaders of the December 1989 events have been indicted for crimes against humanity, the Prosecutor General's office announced on Friday.
Iohannis si Dancila, la Guvern
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Romania's government party in counter-attacks as motion censure fails

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Joi, 20 Dec 2018 English | Top News
Romania's Social Democratic Party (PSD)-led government survived a motion censure submitted by the opposition on Thursday, going on counter-attack with new threats and blaming others for political failures. The government was forced, however, to postpone until Friday a decision on a draft emergency ordinance on fiscal changes, which has sparked an outcry on the stock exchange and among businesses since Tuesday. The fate of another critical ordinance was still to be cleared by late afternoon.
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​Romania government's draft taxes prompt major losses of over EUR3 billion on Bucharest Stock Exchange

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Miercuri, 19 Dec 2018 English | Top News
Some EUR 3.1 billion were erased on the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB) on Wednesday, a day after the Romanian government announced a draft ordinance bringing major changes to taxation and other corporate regulations, less than two weeks before the new year. Energy and banking institutions were most affected by the BVB blow in the wake of the government announcement, which mainly affects banking, energy, telecom and insurance companies.
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Romanian government throws market into chaos with draft changes to tax and corporate rules

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Miercuri, 19 Dec 2018 English | Top News
​Romanian authorities sparked market outcry on Wednesday by announcing on Tuesday evening a series of massive changes to Romanian tax and other corporate rules, changes due to be applied, theoretically, in less than two weeks. The Bucharest Stock Exchange opened with strong losses today and pension funds, investors and other private sector bodies reacted harshly to measures which include a Greed Tax (yes, that is its name), changes to private pensions and state intervention on electricity and gas prices.
  • UPDATE 1 President Klaus Iohannis urged the government on Wednesday to drop plans for the new taxes, saying they were "throwing Romania into chaos". He said PSD was to blame of "greed"
  • UPDATE 2 Also on Wednesday, the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania (AmCham Romania) called for an urgent withdrawal of the emergency ordinance, calling its provisions as lacking responsibility and causing generalised chaos in the economy.
Liviu Dragnea, la Consiliul Național
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Romania governing party leader Liviu Dragnea draws reactions with radical speech attacking Justice rule, the West, major companies and president Iohannis

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Luni, 17 Dec 2018 English | Top News
Liviu Dragnea, the speaker of Romania's House of Deputies and leader of Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD), used a speech on Sunday evening to strengthen his image of a strongman, with nationalistic attacks against the West, Western companies, the rule of law and president Klaus Iohannis, his political archrival. His statements drew a wave of reactions on Monday, as public bodies and various organisations took a stand against his statements.
Viorica Dancila
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Romanian Govt announces emergency ordinance on penal codes

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Luni, 10 Dec 2018 English | Top News
Romania's PM Viorica Dancila on Monday announced that the leadership of the governing Social Democratic Party (PSD) has decided the adoption of an emergency ordinance on the penal code and penal procedure codes of the country. She said that there was a vote on the opportunity of such an ordinance, but not when it would be adopted.
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VIDEO Throngs attended blessing of Romania's new, grandiose Orthodox cathedral amid controversies

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Luni, 26 Nov 2018 English | Top News
Throngs of Romanians attended the blessing of a gigantic new Orthodox cathedral on Sunday, in the immediate vicinity of the immense Communist-era House of the People. The event and its circumstances painted a vivid tableau of the country which is due to celebrate the anniversary of 100 years of statehood on December 1.
Liviu Dragnea
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​DIGEST ​Romania govt party leader Dragnea strengthens reign with reshuffle and Bucharest blow, as new revelations about him emerge

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Marţi, 20 Nov 2018 English | Top News
The leader of Romania's governing coalition Liviu Dragnea on Monday strengthened his rule over his party by removing influential critics from key positions. He and his prime minister Viorica Dancila announced several major changes to the governmental team, while the Bucharest mayor, a prominent member of Dragnea's Social Democrats (PSD) and an opponent of the party strongman, was left without political functions.


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