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Italian Senate approves EU citizens expelling law The Italian government led by Romano Prodi obtained on Thursday night a confidence vote from the Senate, which approved the law draft allowing authorities to expel EU citizens considered as a risk to the public safety. The amendment was adopted after an extremely tied vote - 160 in favor and 158 against, the opponents of the draft roughly criticizing the racist initiative. 
Criminal investigation against ex-president Iliescu ceased The criminal investigation opened against former Romania president Ion Iliescu for the miners' mayhem in 1990 was closed, Prosecutor General Laura Codruta Kovesi announced in a press conference on Friday. Kovesi mentioned that "Ion Iliescu was never subpoenaed and there was no statement taken from him in 17 years".
Romanian magistrates institute bribery Romanian anti graft prosecutors investigate six magistrates after being accused of offering bribes to occupy important positions. Prosecutors determined that magistrates not only offered thousands of euro but also food products as bribery to get the questions to be asked in the exam.
Romania President calls for resignation of Justice, Labor ministers Romanian President Traian Basescu has urged PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu to dismiss both Justice minister Tudor Chiuariu and Labor minister Paul Pacuraru in an official request on November 29. According to governmental sources quoted by Romanian news agency NewsIn, the request was read at the government headquarters only as a sign the president would approve criminal inquiries against the two.
EU orders Silence of the Pigs! But squeaks will still be heard in ancestral Romania this winter No squeaking pigs should be heard across the muddy glens across Romania come this Christmas, the first since the country joined the European Union in January 2007. At least that is what Brussels bureaucrats have requested from a land where tradition demands pigs be slaughter in every rural backyard on the eve of winter holidays. Still, the heirs of a pig farmer famous for his dramatic appearance in a traditionalist novel of long ago promise to stick to their tradition and slaughter the pigs as they've done it for centuries. For such dare, Hungarian farmers were applied heavy EU fines after their European accession in 2004.
Romania is most corrupt EU country, TI says Romania is perceived as the most corrupt European Union member country, the 2007 Global Corruption Barometer put up by Gallup and published by Transparency International shows. The hierarchy was based upon the answers of 63,199 people in some 60 countries and territories during June – September 2007. According to the data, the institutions perceived as most corrupt in Romania are the political parties and the Parliament, followed by the judicial system, police and the health system.
Heavy blizzards isolate dozens of villages and locks traffic on several national roads in Romania Heavy snow falls and winds of over 100 km/hour that hit most of the country over the past couple of days have seriously affected several counties across Romania. Some 40 villages remained isolated by Thursday morning because of power cuts. Among the most affected counties are Buzau, Galati, Vrancea, Brasov.
Romania film 4 months 3 weeks 2 days in Times top 100 The Times newspaper set up a list of the top 100 best movies launched in 2007. The film of the now famous Romanian director Cristian Mungiu, 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days comes top of the list with a five-star appreciation for its vivid story, combining social reality with political comments.
Romania - Albania football game denounced at FIFA A few days ago, the Albanian prime minister Sali Berisha publicly declared that the football games in his country are controlled by the gambling mafia. The very next day, Culture Minister Ylli Pango directly accused the president of the Football Federation of selling two games in the qualification stage for the Euro 2008 championship: the one against Belarus (2:4 in Tirana) and against Romania (1:6 in Bucharest). 
Deputy Dan Iosif dies aged 57 Deputy Dan Iosif, one of the few participants in the 1989 Revolution who made it through the years as politician, died on Wednesday morning in a clinic in Siberia, because of lung cancer. Born in 1950, father of two, Iosif was one of the first Romanians who broke into the Communist Party headquarters on December 22, 1989. His political godfather, former president Ion Iliescu, said that Iosif has fought his cancer with tenacity and discretion and hoped he would conquer his illness up to the last moment. Iosif recently threatened to unveil important facts about the 1989 Revolution. 
New Foreign Intelligence head named Former Foreign minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu was validated by the Parliament as head of the Foreign Intelligence Service, with 295 votes in favor and only 23 against. Ungureanu has sworn in front of the parliamentarians at noon on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Ungureanu was voted unanimously by the members of the Foreign Intelligence Commissions in the Senate and the House of Deputies. Ungureanu was suggested for the office by president Traian Basescu. The seat has been vacant for a few months after the resignation of the former director, Claudiu Saftoiu. 
Flood warning for seven Romanian counties Representatives of the Environment and Sustainable Development Ministry issued a hydrological warning for seven counties on Tuesday. Most of the counties are located in East Romania and the warning is on starting with Tuesday 10 am up to Wednesday 8 pm.
Romanian PM Tariceanu: first car registration tax, neither eliminated nor reduced  Romanian PM Tariceanu said on Tuesday that the first car registration tax applied by his government and harshly criticized by Brussels will neither be eliminated nor reduced, Romanian news agency NewsIn informs. Tariceanu says that the current talks with the European Commission representatives relate only to technical issues that need to be modified.
Suspect in Italian murder case says he had an accomplice Nicolae Romulus Mailat, the presumed murderer of Giovanna Regianni, the Italian woman whose killing sparked an outrage against Romanian immigrants in Italy last month, has confessed to his lawyer that he had an accomplice, Romanian news station Realitatea TV informs. Mailat, an ethnic Gypsy from Romania, said Gheorghe Neamtu – the son of the woman who called the police – helped him with killing Regianni.
Anti-graft prosecutors deal with former minister Romania former Tourism minister Dan Matei Agathon faced a hearing by the anti-graft prosecutors regarding a privatization process during his term on Monday. But he told Romanian news agency NewsIn that he was heard as a witness and the case was not related to a privatization process coordinated by his ministry, but by another one.
Romanian anti-graft prosecutors investigate Romanian football boss Anti-graft prosecutors started investigating Romanian football boss Dumitru Dragomir for bribery and forgery in a file regarding a land transaction, Romanian news agency NewsIn informs. The prosecutors are also said to be investigating former football boss of FC National, Gino Iorgulescu.
1990 miners crusade leader Miron Cozma set free after ten years The man who led Romanian miners in a violent march to Bucharest in 1990 and then again throughout the nineties, Miron Cozma was set free after ten years of imprisonment. Cozma said that he was convicted because he was the one to lead what is commonly known as the miners crusades and had the courage to confront corrupt politicians.
EURO 2008/ Romania in impossible spin with Italy, France and Holland Romania national football team has ended up in a deadly group – the toughest in this year’s Euro 2008. Romanian players will face Italy (world champion), France (vice-world champion) and Holland. However, Holland does not seem to pose much trouble as the team already defeated it in the preliminaries.Read the scheduled matches for Romania and groups.
President Basescu on November 25 referendum: A major failure In an interview offered to Hotnews.ro and BBC, Romania president Traian Basescu assumes the low turnout at the referendum on November 25, but mentions that the Democrat Party (his main supporter) has also a share of the blame, due to its total lack of involvement in the electoral campaign. Starting in a calm voice, the president turns to a nervous speech when it comes to the Foreign Minister, Adrian Cioroianu or the Social-Democrat (PSD) opposition leader, Mircea Geoana. The Foreign Minister, Basescu says, "has a huge education deficit", as for Geoana - "I will never name him prime-minister as long as I am president". One of the most surprising statements comes when he talks about the referendum on the uninominal vote, Basescu declaring that a possibility exists for the Democrat Party to support the PSD uninominal vote project, submitted in 2005 in the Parliament. 
Romania Government: Laszlo Kovacs was ante-sentencing on the car tax reimbursement  The Romanian Government reached an official point of view regarding the reimbursement of the car tax, invoked by the European Tax Commissioner Laszlo Kovacs, claiming that such a measure can not be anticipated for the moment. The statement was made on Friday by the Governmental spokesperson, Camelia Spataru, one day after the car tax, considered as discriminatory by the European Commission, reached its second infringement stage, being one step away from the European Court of Justice. 

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