PHOTO FEATURE Refugees: a journey through SerbiaIt’s Monday. After a six hours' drive, I get to the border. The customs officer has me open the trunk, asks me where I am headed to and bursts out laughing when I tell him about the Belgrade refugees. I am puzzled by his reaction, still he waves at me to keep going. The Serbian customs officer, on the other hand, is in no mood for jokes, he gives me a serious look, straight into my eyes, for half a minute or so. I suddenly feel guilty and try not to blink, he might just allow me to go on. He wins though, I am the first one to blink. I expect he’ll order me to take everything out of the car, but he suddenly turns his back at me without another word. I mumble a very timid "can I go now?" , but no answer comes, so I cautiously drive on.
Disputes flare as Hungary prepares to build anti-refugee barbed wire fence along Romania borderBilateral relations between Romania and Hungary got tense on Tuesday as the government in Budapest announced plans to build a fence along the border with Romania, similar to that along the Serbian border aimed at putting a halt to the flow of migrants. The Foreign Ministry in Bucharest said it was a "politically incorrect gesture", while a top Hungarian officials accused the Romanian PM of extremist and false statements regarding Hungary's treatment of migrants.
Bucharest mayor Sorin Oprescu retained by anti-graft prosecutors on bribe taking chargesThe mayor of Romanian capital city Bucharest Sorin Oprescu was retained by anti-corruption prosecutors at midnight last night. He faces bribe taking charges. Early on Sunday, prosecutors from the National Anti-corruption Department (DNA), which has been pursuing a long series of high level corruption cases including ones related to the current PM and other top officials, accuse Oprescu of receiving 10% of the value of contracts various companies signed with his City Hall or Hall-controlled public authorities.
Romania's governing Social Democrats change indicted leader Victor Ponta with sentenced "interim" president Liviu DragneaThe leadership of Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD) elected
their former executive president as new "interim" president of the
party, a seat held for the past several years by prime minister Victor
Ponta. Ponta stepped down as party president "temporarily" earlier this
month because of his being indicted in a corruption case. So the PSD
leaders convened to name a replacement and found it in Liviu Dragnea, an
influential member who has one big issue: he himself was not only
indicted, by received a one-year suspended sentence in a corruption
case, a sentence which he has appealed.
Romanian President, Government in major clash as new fiscal code is sent back to ParliamentRomanian President Klaus Iohannis decided on Friday not to approve a new
fiscal code that the government has been pushing hard and decided to
sent it back for review in the Parliament. The president warned that the
measures included in the new code, among which a series of tax cuts
which were lauded by the business community, would have major effects on
budget building for the upcoming years. The decision prompted harsh
reactions from the prime minister, his finance minister and the
governing Social Democratic Party (PSD), with promises that the value
added tax would be pushed through an emergency ordinance this year any
UPDATE Romanian PM Victor Ponta says he withdraws from party leadership in wake of corruption caseRomanian prime minister Victor Ponta has announced that he decided to
step down from the leadership of his Social Democratic Party (PSD) until
he proves his innocence against the charges anti-graft prosecutors have
issued against him. He made the statement weeks after the National
Anti-Corruption Department (DNA) launched a graft investigation against
him, prompting insisting calls - including President Klaus Iohannis' -
for him to step down as head of government, which he has rejected so
far.UPDATE PSD interim president Rovana Plumb later today said Ponta did not resign, but stepped down temporarily as head of the party. She said Ponta's resignation as prime minister was out of the question as it would provoke a "major political crisis". And she said she would serve as interim until the next party congress, which is due next year.
President Iohannis nominates former PM Mihai Razvan Ungureanu back as head of Romanian Foreign Intelligence ServiceRomanian President Klaus Iohannis has nominated Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, a
politician who had served as prime minister and as head of the
country's Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE), to head SIE again, the
Presidency announced on Wednesday. The Parliament is due to make a final
decision in this regard. If confirmed in office, Ungureanu would
replace interim SIE head Silviu Predoiu. An influential opposition
senator of the governing Social Democratic Party (PSD) already reacted
by saying that PSD would oppose such an "illegal" nomination.
It's official: Romania to host US heavy military equipment and NATO unitsThe United States will pre-position tanks, artillery and other military
equipment in six CEE states including Romania, US Secretary of Defense
Ash Carter announced, as quoted by Reuters. The news comes as the
Romanian Parliament also approved on Tuesday a request by President
Klaus Iohannis to allow the establishment of a NATO Force Integration
Unit and a Multinational Commandment on Romanian territory. The request
was approved unanimously. The Parliament also approved a new National
Defense Strategy proposed by President Iohannis, which sees Russia as
main threat to Romanian security.
Romania government survives censure motionThe Romanian Government led by Victor Ponta survived on Friday a
censure motion submitted in the Parliament by the opposition, which had
accused Ponta of undermining voting by Romanian abroad in presidential
elections last year.
Romanian minister sparks outrage saying children of people choosing to work abroad become hooligans, wives turn "whores"Romanian Transport minister Ioan Rus sparked outrage both at home and
abroad as he told a TV news channel on Wednesday night that people
leaving for work abroad may get a 1,500 euro salary - but for this money
their children become hooligans and their wives turn "whores".
Following political and public outcry to his statements, he said on
Thursday that he might ask the prime minister to accept his resignation.UPDATE PM Victor Ponta announced on Facebook on Thursday afternoon that he accepted Rus' resignation.
UPDATE Romanian President, Embassies take stand as House of Deputies defend PM Ponta against inquiry on corruption chargesRomanian President Klaus Iohannis and the Netherlands Embassy to Bucharest reacted harshly on Tuesday after the House of Deputies voted earlier today to reject a call by anti-graft prosecutors to allow an inquiry against prime minister Victor Ponta, who faces corruption charges including conflict of interest. The UK Embassy also made a statement defending the importance of the fight against corruption and the need for functional judicial and law enforcement institutions in Romania. Iohannis took the toughest stand on the issue so far, calling again for Ponta to resign.
Romanian deputies build wall around PM Victor Ponta against criminal inquiry on corruption chargesRomania's House of Deputies voted on Tuesday morning to reject a
request by the prosecutor general to approve a criminal inquiry against
prime minister Victor Ponta, who faces corruption charges including
conflict of interest. Ponta thus gets rid of the criminal inquiry for
conflict of interest. The deputies' verdict comes despite a huge scandal
sparked by Ponta when he refused to step down as head of government
following the National Anti-corruption Department decision last week to
launch an investigation against him on multiple corruption accounts.
Victor Ponta's future in the government following corruption inquiry: three scenariosRomania's National Anticorruption Department (DNA) announced on Friday
it had opened a criminal inquiry against PM Victor Ponta over actions he
made when serving as deputy and as prime minister. DNA's announcement
opens three scenarios for the Social Democratic head of government:
resignation, his suspension by the president, or maintaining status quo.
BREAKING Romanian PM Victor Ponta says he is suspect in corruption case - UPDATE. DNA: Ponta placed under criminal inquiry over false documents, complicity to tax evasion and money laundering. President Iohannis demands Ponta's resignation PM Victor Ponta has become the highest ranking Romanian official who has been put under criminal inquiry under corruption-related charges while in office. Ponta was at the National Anti-Corruption Department (DNA) headquarters on Friday morning. He made no statement on his arriving at the DNA offices and there is no public information about the purpose of his going there.UPDATE 1 Victor Ponta said on Friday he was a suspect in a case related to his activity as a lawyer in 2007-2008 and for conflict of interest over his naming fellow lawyer Dan Sova as minister in his government.UPDATE 2 Asked on his leaving the DNA offices if he would resign,
Ponta said: We don't do politics at the DNA, we do politics in
ParliamentUPDATE 3 The DNA issued a press release
announcing that anti-graft prosecutors ordered a criminal inquiry
against PM Ponta for 17 cases of false documents under private
signature, complicity to tax evasion, money laundering.UPDATE 4 President Iohannis said in a statement on Friday that he calls for Victor Ponta's resignationUPDATE 5 For now, PM Ponta said on Facebook on Friday that only
the Parliament - who named him as prime minister - can dismiss him as
head of government.
Airbus Helicopters starts construction works in Ghimbav, Romania plantAirbus Helicopters has started construction works at a Super Puma MK 1
assembling plant in Ghimbav, Romania, according to Buna Ziua Brasov
newspaper which says investment will rise to 40 million euro. The first
civilian helicopter is expected to be produced there in 2007, with
military use ones due to be bult starting a year later.
Romania Development minister and key leader of governing Social Democrats Liviu Dragnea resigns following suspended prison sentence in referendum fraud caseRomania's Development and Administration minister Liviu Dragnea, who on Friday received a suspended prison sentence of 1 year over fraud in the 2012 referendum to dismiss ex-President Traian Basescu, announced at noon today that he submitted his resignation from the Victor Ponta Government despite he considered himself not guilty. Dragnea claimed the sentence set a dangerous precedent that might threaten democracy, while PM Ponta supported him in stating he was not content with the decision. How can one campaign without urging people to vote? asked Ponta, despite Dragnea being sentenced for using his political influence to acquire the necessary referendum turnout threshold by illegal means.
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