Turkish journalist Ali H. Aslan: Erdogan has become more powerful than ever / He used the coup attempt to finalize his Islamist revolutionTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "has become more powerful than
ever"following the attempted coup last week, says in an interview with
HotNews.ro Ali H. Aslan, a Turkish journalist who has worked for Zaman
newspaper. Aslan said Turkey might have faced the risk of civil war if
the coup plotters had succeeded, but now there is a lot of fear among
the opposition. Despite mutual threats, neither NATO nor Turkey would
threaten their relationship, Aslan believes. On Fethullah Gulen, he
believes the US would not extradite him unless the Erdogan regime
provides clear evidence against him.
Exit Polls: Social Democrats lead in Romania local elections, with key win in Bucharest. Surprises across the country despite strong apathySocial Democratic (PSD) candidate Gabriela Firea would become the first woman to serve as mayor of Romanian capital city Bucharest, according to exit polls for local elections announced on Sunday evening. Romanians voted their local administration across the country today, despite massive apathy, and their ballot offered several surprises. Bucharest fared worst among major cities in terms of voter turnout, with only a third of its voting population showing up at polling stations. And a newly formed party claiming to represent those who lost trust in traditional parties and corrupt politicians faired way better than the the second biggest political party in Bucharest.
The balance of navy power at the Black Sea: How do the fleets of Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey compare to that of RussiaThe Black Sea has become a hotspot in the still tenser relations between NATO and Russia and questions have been rising what countries like Romania can do against a possible Russian aggression. Romanian PM this week called for an active NATO presence in the Black Sea, while the Romanian Defense Ministry has launched a debate on the prospects of creating a joint NATO fleet in the region. But how do the fleets of countries such as Romania, Bulgaria or Turkey compare to Russia's?
Romanian Justice minister gives first sign that anti-graft head Kovesi's term in office may not be extendedRomania's new Justice minister Raluca Pruna has said in an interview
published by Romanian newspaper Romania libera that while there is a
legal possibility that a person be re-invested as chief prosecutor "the
Romanian society is rather antagonistic currently" and a re-investment
may lead to criticism. Minister Pruna's allusion to Laura Codruta
Kovesi, the head of the National Anti-corruption Department which has
led a major crusade against high level graft for years, is quite
transparent and may be seen as a first signal that Kovesi's term in
office may not be extended.
Romanian Parliament approves new technocratic government led by Dacian CiolosRomania's technocratic government proposed by designated prime minister
Dacian Ciolos received the vote of approval in the Parliament on
Tuesday, after days of political negotiations. A large majority of MPs
voted in favor of the new government, as both major political groups -
the Social Democrats and the Liberals - announced their support, with
only the Liberal Democrats and other, smaller political groups opposed
Romanian designated PM Dacian Ciolos announces full government teamDiplomats, business people, NGO representatives, people who have worked
with European bodies and just a handful of political appointees form
the new, technocratic government that Romania's prime minister designate
Dacian Ciolos announced on Sunday. Earlier this week, Ciolos, a former
European Commissioner for Agriculture, was chosen by President Klaus
Iohannis earlier this week to form a new government to replace the
Social Democratic government led by Victor Ponta, who resigned a week
before in the wake of a deadly nightclub fire in Bucharest and
subsequent massive protests against corruption.
Two Romanian dead in Paris terrorist disaster. Romanian authorities condemn attacksTwo Romanian citizens died in the bloody terrorist attacks that hit
Paris killing nearly 130 on Friday night, Romanian Foreign ministry
announced on Saturday, as Romanian authorities stated their solidarity
with France and condemned the attacks. Security measures were strengthened around all French institutions in
Romania, according to a press release of the French Embassy to
Bucharest. All cultural events scheduled by te French Institute between
November 16-20 have been cancelled or postponed.
Romanian PM Victor Ponta resigns: I'm "giving up my mandate" in wake of deadly nightclub fire and major street protests.Romanian PM Victor Ponta announced on Wednesday he was giving up his mandate and the mandate of his government. He made the statement following a major march in Bucharest on Tuesday night, which saw 25,000 people protest his government and other authorities in the wake of a nightclub fire on Friday that killed 32 people and injured dozens of others.UPDATE Following Ponta's announcement, both the Social Democrats and deputy PM Gabriel Oprea's UNPR party announced they would want to remain in government, but Oprea dismissed the possibility of him retaining a government job. The opposition Liberals said they wanted early elections. New protests are planned for Wednesday evening.UPDATE 2 President Iohannis said in a statement on
Wednesday afternoon that the resignation of the government came "way too
late" and that people had to die for it to happen. And he said he would
start consultations with political parties tomorrow or the day after
The Bucharest Colectiv Club fire disaster: Public outrage as #corruptionkills"Coruptia ucide" is the Romanian wording for "corruption kills". The
hashtag #coruptiaucide is becoming ubiquitous in Romanian social media
as outrage engulfs the public in the wake of the bloodiest event the
country has seen in 20 years: the fire that killed 30 and injured at
least 180 in a Bucharest nightclub on Friday. As sadness turned to fury,
the causes of the Colectiv Club incident are channeling people's anger
towards authorities in a country where corruption is leaving people
hopeless despite the ongoing, unprecedented fight against it.
Two Spaniards, one Italian wounded in Bucharest tragedy that saw 27 killed, up to 200 injured in music club fireAt least 27 people, mostly teenagers and young adults, died in a fire that engulfed a music venue in Bucharest on Friday night, while other up to 200 people were injured, according to official figures available by noon on Saturday. Two Spanish citizens and an Italian were identified among the injured, according to Romania's Intelligence Service. The fire took place during a concert as fireworks were let off to mark the launch of a rock band's album.
Romania's governing party elects leader with crushing 97% of votesThe man who has led Romania's governing Social Democratic Party (PSD)
for the past several months, Liviu Dragnea, was elected party president
officially with a crushing 97% of votes from party members on Sunday,
according to official figures announced today. Dragnea was the sole
runner for the top seat within the party, in a mock election which,
according to PSD figures, saw more than 400,000 party members go out and
vote on a bleak, rainy Sunday.
UPDATE Censure motion against Ponta government fails in Romanian Parliament. Thousands protest against prime minister in BucharestThe Romanian Parliament debates on Tuesday a Liberal-supported censure motion against the Social Democratic-led government of PM Victor Ponta, who the opposition says is a "compromised prime minister". Should the Parliament pass the motion, the government is dismissed, but the Liberals have very little chance of success as it failed to secure a majority on the vote. Meanwhile, thousands of people defied heavy rain in Bucharest in the morning to join a protest against Victor Ponta.UPDATE The censure motion has failed, with only 207 votes in favor of the total 275 needed for it to pass
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