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Romanian Govt announces emergency ordinance on penal codes 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.
VIDEO Throngs attended blessing of Romania's new, grandiose Orthodox cathedral amid controversies 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.
​DIGEST ​Romania govt party leader Dragnea strengthens reign with reshuffle and Bucharest blow, as new revelations about him emerge 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.
​Top governing party politician shows middle fingers to Romania opposition in rebuke to European Commission criticism An influential deputy of Romania's governing Social Democratic Party (PSD), Florin Iordache, used both his middle fingers towards the Opposition in Parliament on Wednesday, shortly after he rebuked European Commission calls for Romanian authorities to step back in their efforts to curb Judicial reform.
Romanian PM Dancila says EP resolution, EC report on Romania are "deeply unjust" and "eminently political" Romanian prime minister Viorica Dancila, seen as a puppet acting on behalf of Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader Liviu Dragnea, called two key positions of the European Parliament and the European Commission on Romania on Tuesday as "deeply unjust" and "eminently political".
​Bucharest reacts to Finnish government offer to take over EU Council presidency. Romanian ministry says country ready for job Romania's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said that the country was ready to take over its term at the presidency of the EU Council starting January 1 and that preparations were under way according to schedule. The statement came after the Finnish Government said it was available to take over the leadership of the Council earlier, if requested by authorities in Bucharest. Helsinki took the stand after Romania's President questioned the readiness of the government to deal with the responsibilities of the EU Council presidency.
European bodies slam Romania government over state of law, Romanian officials react The European Commission on Tuesday issued a blasting report the evolution of Justice reform in Romania - the so-called Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) - while the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the state of law in the country, seriously critical of events in the past year. Meanwhile, in Bucharest, the leader of the governing PSD party tried today to dillute the importance of the EU bodies' interventions.
As key minister steps back, Romania President Iohannis calls incumbent government "an accident of democracy", says country not ready to take over EU Council presidency Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Monday launched one of his harshest attacks on the Social Democratic (PSD)-led government, saying "things have gone insane" and "the political necessity is a replacement of this accident of the Romanian democracy, which is the Dragnea-Dancila government". He made the comments as the minister-delegate for EU issues, Victor Negrescu, appeared to have resigned last weekend, less than two months before Romania takes over the EU Council presidency.
​Romanian investigative media organisation says authority demands it to reveal source in major report, threatening EUR 20m fine Romanian investigative media organisation RISE Project on Thursday said an authority of the state has asked it to reveal a source in a major report published earlier this week. The request of the government-controlled data protection agency used GDPR rules to support its request after an investigation related to a business linked to the head of the PSD governing party, Liviu Dragnea.
Romanian Senate Speaker Tariceanu faces graft accusations in case related to his PM term ​Romanian anti-graft prosecutors are accusing Senate speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu of having received "material benefits" amounting to some USD 800,000 when he served as prime minister a decade ago. According to HotNews.ro sources, the charges are related to Austrian company Fujitsu Siemens Computers GmbH, which was a distributor of Microsoft licenses at the time.
Romania governing party leader Dragnea stands against rising pressure with party expulsions, mockery of investigative report Liviu Dragnea, the embattled but strong armed leader of Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD), on Monday was standing up against increasing pressure in the form of inner party opposition and of an investigative report blasting a major business he had been linked to.
UPDATE Romania Justice minister Tudorel Toader calls for dismissal of prosecutor general Augustin Lazar / PG hits back at attempts to "destabilize the Public Ministry"
Romania's Justice minister Tudorel Toader on Wednesday announced he launches the procedure to dismiss prosecutor general Augustin Lazar. The announcement comes after months of disputes between the two, which gained momentum after the dismissal of the chief prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA), Laura Codruta Kovesi, earlier this year.UPDATE Reacting to the minister's announcement, Prosecutor General Lazar said on Wednesday evening that this was how the government answers to Venice Commission worries that the independence of Romanian prosecutors can be affected by procedures to dismiss them.
Russian Ambassador to Bucharest says Romania has become provider of destabilisation due to Deveselu base, political relations are modest but Russia is not to blame Russia's Ambassador to Bucharest Valery Kuzmin says in an interview that bilateral relations "could be a lot better" and his country was trying to move them forward. But he said in the interview given to Vestidinrusia.ro, an obscure website supporting Russian propaganda, that Romania has become a "provider of instabilitry and destabilisation in the region, because of the rockets in Deveselu" - the American-supported missile defense base in Southern Romania.
​New emergency ordinance raises serious issues in activity of anti-graft prosecutors An emergency ordinance related to changes to the Romanian justice system, which was adopted without prior analysis by the Romanian government on Monday, was published on Tuesday. Its publication revealed a series of serious issues that the prosecutor general and other magistrates say would affect the activity of anti-graft prosecutors. A key corruption case which may be affected by the newest measures would be the so-called Tel Drum case, which has been linked to the leader of the governing Social Democratic Party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea.
Romania government announces emergency ordinance on justice laws despite warnings Romania's Social Democratic (PSD) government on Monday morning adopted an emergency ordinance to "streamline" a series of changes to the justice laws. The move comes despite disquiet within the PSD over how the changes should look and despite warnings from outside the party over the possible effects of such an ordinance.
Romanian referendum on definition of family fails to come close to validation threshold - preliminary data ​​A referendum on changing the definition of family in the Romanian Constitution, seen by opponents as a politicised attack on gay rights, was bound to fail as preliminary data late on Sunday evening showed attendance was far from reaching the necessary threshold for poll validation. After 2 days of voting, by 7 p.m. on Sunday evening, only 18.87% of voters showed up at polling stations across the country, way below the 30% threshold needed for the referendum to pass.
Referendum: Romania votes in poll to change Constitutional definition of family amid increasing anti-gay propaganda, boycott calls and state-church collaboration
Some 19 million Romanians are invited to vote this weekend in a referendum aimed at changing the definition of family in the Constitution, so that same-sex marriages be prevented for good. It is one of the most divisive polls in the history of democratic Romania, with a high abstention rate expected as a good number of opponents of the change say they would boycott the politically charged vote. Warnings of potential electoral fraud intensified over the past week.
Romania governing party PSD faces internal revolt against leader Liviu Dragnea as challengers urge him to resign A group of prominent members of Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD) on Wednesday made available to the public a letter in which they call for the resignation of PSD leader Liviu Dragnea both as party head and as speaker of the House. They speak of a "crisis situation" and a need to avoid "international isolation" and urge the leadership of the party to discuss their request. For his part, Dragnea dismissed the move as a "game" in the benefit of intelligence services and President Klaus Iohannis.
Romanian Justice minister pushes local prosecutor Adina Florea for top job at National Anti-Corruption Directorate Romanian Justice minister Tudorel Toader has nominated Adina Florea, a prosecutor from the city of Constanta, for the chair of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA), a key body in the fight against corruption. If accepted, Florea would take over a position previously held by Laura Codruta Kovesi, who has gained massive international support but also the hate of the governing Social Democrats.
Romania draws European Parliament attention again with riot police violence The plenary of the European Parliament will organise a debate in early October on the violence that flared at the massive anti-government protest in Bucharest on August 10 this year. The initiative of the debate belongs to the Greens, who have also called for a debate in February on the changes the governing coalition in Bucharest applied to the laws of justice.

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