Romanian ex-PM Adrian Nastase's surgery successful after suicide attempt A surgical intervention Romanian ex-PM Adrian Nastase underwent on Thursday morning after he attempted suicide on Wednesday evening concluded successfully, medics announced today. They said the patient was "lucky" to survive as the bullet he shot in the attempt to kill himself came close to vital organs. Also on Thursday, Nastase's legal representative said a request would be submitted shortly so that a prison sentence the former prime minister received yesterday be suspended on medical grounds.
UPDATE Former Romanian PM Adrian Nastase rushed to hospital amid claims he attempted suicide following 2-year sentence in corruption case. Attempted suicide report confirmed by High Court Prosecutor's Office Former Romanian PM Adrian Nastase was rushed to a Bucharest hospital from his home late on Wednesday, amid claims on TV news channels that he attempted to kill himself. The incident comes hours after Romania's High Court gave Nastase a final 2-year prison sentence in a corruption case. Nastase is the highest official in the country to receive such a sentence under corruption charges.UPDATE 0.30 The High Court prosecutor's office announced it received a report regarding Nastase's suicide attempt and has opened an investigation into the situation. Reports say Nastase shot himself in the neck in the attempt to kill himself. Current PM Victor Ponta visited the emergency hospital later in the night before Nastase was to undergo an emergency surgical intervention,UPDATE 8.00 a.m. Emergency hospital doctors told TV stations later in the night that Nastase's condition was stable and he would undergo surgery most probably in the morning.
Former Romanian PM Adrian Nastase receives 2 year prison sentence in major corruption case Romania's High Court maintained on Wednesday a 2 year prison sentence applied by the same court for former prime minister Adrian Nastase earlier this year. The final verdict in the so-called "Quality Trophy" case is unprecedented in Romania, as Nastase is the highest ranking former official in the country to be sentenced for corruption in the country. The case relates to Nastase's 2004 election campaign, when according to the charges he covered fund raising for the campaign by organizing a fee-based symposium. The verdict was announced three years and four months since the case was sent to court.updating
612 Romanian researchers protest "serious isolation of Romanian community about international scientific information" A group of 612 top Romanian researchers have published a letter of protest about a recent decision by Romanian authorities to suspend the access of Romanian universities and researchers to important electronic collections of scientific journals and data bases, according to a report. The move, they say, leads to the isolation of the Romanian research community to internationals scientific information.
Romanian PM Victor Ponta dismisses accusations of plagiarism, says President Basescu is behind them Romanian prime minister Victor Ponta dismissed accusations of plagiarism in the case of his his PhD thesis in statements he made on Monday evening and Tuesday morning. He said he was ready to stand before any commission to show the allegations were baseless and that he believed President Traian Basescu was behind the appearance of the accusations in Nature magazine.
Nature magazine: Romanian PM Victor Ponta accused of plagiarism. FAZ compares Ponta to Hungarian ex-president Pall Schmitt and former German Defense minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttemberg ​Nature magazine reports that Romanian prime minister Victor Ponta is accused of plagiarism for his PhD thesis in law, which was published in 2003. "Nature has seen documents compiled by an anonymous whistle-blower indicating that more than half of Ponta’s 432-page, Romanian-language thesis on the functioning of the International Criminal Court consists of duplicated text", Nature writes. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung also published an article on the alleged act of plagiarism by the head of the Romanian Government.
Populist party candidate wins town hall in Romania town due to host US missile shield components A candidate for Romanian populist party Dan Diaconescu Popular Party (PPDD) was elected mayor in Deveselu, a town which is due to host elements of the US missile shield. Ion Aliman, a ship captain, won 54% of the votes, defeating the incumbent mayor, a Social Democrat.
Mayor under arrest comes first in race for a new term in Romania penitentiary town The mayor of a town on the outskirts of Bucharest, Jilava, best known for hosting a major penitentiary, comes first in the race for a new term in office, despite being under arrest. Mayor Adrian Mladin, charged with corruption, is the candidate with the most votes after vote counting in 185 of a total of 215 sections in the town.
The unexpected changes and expected wins of Romania's local elections Romanians voted strongly in favor of the new governing coalition of Social Democrats and Liberals (USL) in local elections on Sunday, after years of Democratic Liberal (PDL) government which applied a long series of austerity measures but which, according to rivals, had lost its legitimacy. USL claimed a strong lead across the country with major wins in Bucharest and other cities, while here and there a close vote remains to be settled.
First official partial results in Romania local elections: Social Liberals lead with three times more mayors than Democratic Liberals Romania's central electoral office announced the first official partial results of the Sunday local elections on Monday morning. According to the preliminary results, the governing Social Liberal Union (USL) won 52% of votes for County Councils and County Council presidents, as compared to Democratic Liberal's (PDL) 13%, while the populist Dan Diaconescu Popular Party (PPDD) won 7% of the vote. For local councils, USL leads with 42.7% of the votes, PDL - 15.78%. USL also leads in the race for mayor terms with 52.27% against PDL's 15.8%.
Exit polls: Governing Social Liberal Union crushes opposition in Romania local elections​ Romania's governing Social Liberal Union (USL) crushed opposition Democratic Liberals (PDL) in local elections on Sunday. According to a nation-wide poll presented by Romanian news channel Romania TV as polling stations closed at 9 p.m., USL won 60% of the votes at national level, as compared to 11% for Democratic Liberals and 10% for the fringe, populist Dan Diaconescu Popular Party. In Bucharest, 66% of the votes went for incumbent, USL-supported mayor Sorin Oprescu and only 16% for his main PDL challenger Silviu Prigoana.updating
Romanians show up in larger numbers than expected to vote in local elections on Sunday Close to 30 percent of Romanian voters showed up at polling stations across Romania to cast their ballots in local elections by 2 p.m. on Sunday. The figures for the first hours of voting seem significantly higher than during the 2008 local elections.UPDATE Voter turnout at 5 p.m. stood at 39.01% at national level, about 5 percentage points higher than in the 2008 local elections.
Romania votes in local elections amid voter apathy on Sunday ​Romanians vote in local elections on Sunday which comes with a first for the country's democratic process - mayors are now elected in a single, uninominal, winner-takes-all round. The poll comes at the end of a dull electoral campaign and is expected to be influenced by huge voter apathy. The campaign has been felt in a limited number of cities, where candidates of the governing parties and of the opposition are close in the top of the polls. The battle is closest in the cities of Cluj, Braila and Craiova, as well as in Bucharest Districts 3 and 6.
Romanian Senator Catalin Voicu sentenced to five years in traffic of influence case Romania's top court applied a a five-year sentence to Senator Catalin Voicu on Friday, but the verdict can be appealed. Other prominent businessmen and a judge involved in the case received suspended sentences as well. Voicu's legal representative said shortly after the verdict today that the High Court decision would be appealed.
The Theft of Titan In the early 1920's, Max Ausnit, who became one of Romania's principal industrialists, took over a wire and nail manufacturing factory in Galati founded by his father, and built it into a steel mill complex called Uzinele Metalurgice Titan Nadrag Calan. (...) While the families of virtually every major Romanian industrialist have received acceptable compensation for the wholesale theft of their properties, the heirs of Romania's only major Jewish industrialist have received only a small part of what was stolen from them, and their major claim has been deferred and hindered by the apparent misfeasance of Romanian bureaucrats intent on depriving this family of what has long ago been adjudicated as rightfully belonging to them.
Chevron takes hit as Romania's designated Ponta Government plans immediate moratorium on shale gas exploitation The governing program of the government formed by Romania's designated prime minister Victor Ponta, which was submitted in the Parliament on Thursday evening, mentions the immediate introduction of a moratorium on shale gas exploitation until developing European-level studies on the impact of hydraulic fractioning procedures on the environment are concluded. The Ponta Government, formed after incumbent PM Ungureanu's government was voted out of office a week ago, is due to be approved by the Parliament next week.
Romania's prime minister designate Victor Ponta announces list of proposed ministers Romanian Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader Victor Ponta, who was designated to form a new government following the fall of the Ungureanu government in a parliamentary vote on Friday, announced the list of his ministers on Tuesday evening. He said he would present his government and governing priorities in the Parliament on Monday and pointed out that the political union of Social Democrats and Liberals (USL) now numbers 229 MPs of a total of 231 needed to vote for the new government.See the list of ministers in Ponta's proposed government
Romania President designates Social Democratic leader Victor Ponta as prime minister designate Romanian President Traian Basescu announced on Friday evening that Victor Ponta, leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and one of the leaders of the opposition USL union of Social Democrats and Liberals, is the designated to form a new government. Ponta's designation comes following Traian Razvan Ungureanu government's fall in a censure motion in the Parliament today.
Romania Contemplates Seizure of 85% of Restitution Property Rights Just as the Romanian government cannot take back a farm that was restituted to the family from whom it was stolen without paying its fair value, so it cannot confiscate another family’s right to receive a different farm in restitution by payment of a mere pittance of its true value.  But that is precisely what the Romanian Government contemplates doing through a draft law that would confiscate 85% of the property rights of thousands of victims of Romanian communism and fascism - inviolable rights that were granted to them twelve years ago by law. The Draft Law proposes to take 85% of the value of all pending claims by owners of properties that were seized by Romania's Communist government between 1945 and 1989 without compensation. It is proffered in total disregard of Romania’s constitutional provisions prohibiting such acts and in violation of Protocol One of the European Convention of Human Rights to which Romania is a signatory and which recognizes property rights as human rights.Author Mark A. Meyer is Chairman, Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce
Romania's Ungureanu Government falls in censure motion Romania's Parliament voted in favor of a censure motion against the current government led by Traian Razvan Ungureanu on Friday. The vote of 231 MPs was needed for the government to pass. 235 voted in favor of the government of a total of 248 votes. The Ungureanu Government thus loses the confidence of the Parliament in a motion submitted by the opposition union of Social Democrats and Liberals (USL). Shortly after the vote, USL leader Victor Ponta declared that the formation was ready to form a new government.UPDATE The leader of the Democratic Liberals, Emil Boc, who led the government until Ungureanu took over as PM, said his party would not support another candidate for prime minister. He said those who voted for the motion in the Parliament today had to govern the country. President Traian Basescu meets political leaders on Friday evening over the formation of a new government.


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