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Hungarian PM Orban: I managed to build a personal relationship with the president of Romania's governing party, and that seems to offer hope for the future

Hungarian PM Viktor Orban has spoken again about his closer relationship with the leader of Romania's governing Social Democrats, Liviu Dragnea. Asked by Radio Kossuth what progress has been made in the case of a high school for ethnic Hungarians in the Romanian city of Targu Mures, Orban said: "We have advanced a little in Romania because we have managed to build a personal relationship with the president of the ruling party, and that seems to offer hope for the future."
US Ambassador to Romania in harsh criticism of politicians who embrace economic nationalism and target multinational companies US Ambassador to Bucharest Hans Klemm criticized harshly on Monday the politicians and journalists who promote economic nationalism, "who oppose liberalism and who espouse economic nationalism once again seek to attack and demonize Europe’s Jews and Jews outside of Europe". He made the statements in a speech marking the National Day of Commemorating the Holocaust.
OPINION Has Romania changed its foreign policy? Speeding up towards the Visegrad group Information keeps coming that Romania is flirting with the Visegrad group (Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia- V4), seen in the EU as the club of problem countries, with serious sideslips from the rules of Brussels. In the last several days alone, the following pieces of news crowded up: Foreign Minister Theodor Melescanu said unequivocally at the Cluj meeting with his Hungarian counterpart, Peter Szijjarto, that Romania is interested in collaborating with the Visegrad group of countries; and Romania is said to be about to attend a meeting of the V4 countreis in Budapest next week.
​​VIDEO INTERVIEW. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg: Romania is key ally in intelligence and cyber sectors / We see reports from several NATO allies of Russian attempts to interfere in domestic processes / Corruption undermines trust in democratic institutions NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomes Romania's contribution as a key NATO ally in the sectors of cyber security and intelligence, but also for its decision to invest 2% of the GDP in defence. In an interview for HotNews.ro, he announces that 10 NATO member countries will contribute with troops to the Craiova-based multinational brigade. He also warns "that corruption is undermining the trust in our democratic institutions".
Major Romanian trade union protest against government, opposition, NGOs in Bucharest About four thousand people protested in Bucharest Victory Square, in front of the Romanian Government HQ on Wednesday. The protest organized by Cartel Alfa, a major trade union, brought together employees from health, transport, police, steel and petrochemical sectors. Trade unionists from the mining, energy, insurance and banking sectors were also there. The people gathered in the market are equipped with whistles, drums, banners and flags to protest a series of welfare policies announced by the government.
Romania sentenced by ECHR for failing to protect child from father's beatings Romania was sentenced by the European Court Of Human Rights on Tuesday for violating the right not to be subjected to torture and the right to a fair trial under the European Convention on Human Rights in the case of an underaged person in which the state authorities proved incapable of defending him from his father's aggressions, NGO APADOR-CH has announced.
Former minister Iordache who sparked massive Bucharest protests now named in key justice position in Romanian Parliament Former Romanian Justice minister Florin Iordache, who earlier this year was forced to resign following unprecedentely huge protests against his attempts to push laws to stifle the fight against corruption, has now been named in a key position in the Parliament, to supervise changes to Justice laws.
Romanian Constitutional Court decision: top graft prosecutor is required to appear before parliamentary investigation commission on the 2009 elections The Romanian Constitutional Court admitted on Tuesday a constitutional legal conflict between the Parliament and the Public Ministry, represented by the National Anti-Corruption Department (DNA), "generated by the refusal of the Chief Prosecutor of the DNA to appear before the Special Investigation Commission of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies for the verification of issues related to the organization of the 2009 elections and the result of the presidential election," the Court said in a statement on Tuesday. Observers say the decision is serious as it means MPs, many of whom are politicians who face judicial issues including corruption accusations, can summon prosecutors and other magistrates to answer their questions in the Parliament.
​OPINION How much can Romania count on EU, US to help with its problems ​Everyone out there is seeing serious troubles taking place in Romania in recent months, but is trying not to officially turn Romania into a "case". From that moment on, everything would get complicated. In Brussels, where I spent a few days recently, there are quite a few other priorities now: Poland, Hungary and, more recently, Spain. No one wants  another problem child. Once recognized and verbalized, the issue should be  solved, but the European Union has so far been proven powerless in the cases mentioned above.
Romanian Foreign Ministry confirms Romanian citizen wounded in Las Vegas attack The Romanian Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday evening that a Romanian citizen was wounded in the deadly armed attack that took place in Las Vegas and was treated in a hospital in the region. The person will be visited by Romania's honorary consul there as soon as his condition allows it, it announced.
Romanian judges's body requests PM Tudose and Justice minister Toader to withdraw bills on Judiciary An organisation of Romanian Judges has initiated a collection of signatures among magistrates in support of a memorandum requesting PM Mihai Tudose and Justice minister Tudorel Toader to drop a set of bills aimed at changing the legislation for the functioning of the Romanian judiciary, which have been harshly criticized as an attempt to stifle the independence of the Justice system.
Romanian Justice minister ignores negative notice of the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM) and announces he will not change bills on the judiciary A set of bills aimed at changing he laws for the functioning of the Romanian judiciary will not be adjusted despite a negative non-binding notice it received from the Supreme Council Of Magistrates (CSM), Justice minister Tudorel Toader has said, quoted by news agency Agerpres. Minister Toader said there was no question of rewriting the draft laws of justice.
Ambassador to Bucharest Hans Klemm says US "worried" about Romanian government plans to change laws on the judiciary The US are "worried" about proposals to change the laws regulating the Romanian "judiciary" as they may reverse the path of Romania as a state of law, US Ambassador to Bucharest Hans Klemm was quoted by Romanian news agency Agerpres on Thursday.
Romania's top magistrates body in disagreement with government plans to change Justice laws Romania's Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM) expressed its disagreement with a government project to change the laws governing the judiciary, according to CSM sources quoted by news agency Agerpres. The CSM position is not compulsory, but the Presidency later warned that it cannot be ignored by the Government and the Parliament.
Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch to visit Romania in October, first such visit after 1989 revolution ​Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kyrill will visit Bucharest on October 27, along with Patriarchs of orthodox churches from other ex-communist countries. They will attent events organised to remember the defenders of Orthodoxy under communism as well as to mark 10 years since Romania's Daniel become Patriarch, a spokesman for Romanian Patriarchy has told HotNews.ro.
Defense minister says Romania on path to acquire first Patriot missile system and in advance talks to buy 36 other F16 aircrafts Romanian Defense m​inister Mihai Fifor said on Wednesday that "before the end of the year, the Romanian army will acquire its first Patriot missile system". He later said that "we are in advanced discussions to buy 36 other F16 aircrafts from the US, not from Portugal. We are at the beginning of this negotiation."
Romania's Anti-graft body DNA calls on magistrates council to defend independence of prosecutors in face of minister's political interference The head of Romania's National Anti-corruption Department (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi on Tuesday called on the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM) to see whether a series of statements made by Justice minister Tudorel Toader were affecting the independence of the judiciary.
Romanian President Iohannis breaks silence on graft scandal, PSD attempts to change the laws of the judiciary. What can he do? ​Romanian President Klaus Iohannis stood up on Tuesday against actions by the governing Social Democrats (PSD) in the wake of a new graft investigation linked to the top PSD leadership. As the PSD had said it fully supported two ministers who are eyed in the new anti-corruption investigation, Iohannis said on Tuesday that people who face criminal inquiries or are judged for criminal activities "should not be part in the leadership of the state". He said the two ministers should have resigned or be dismissed by the party. Meanwhile, he is expected to make a stand on attempts by the PSD the change the laws of the judiciary.
Romania's governing party leadership announces "full support" for ministers involved in corruption case The leadership of Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD) announced on Monday they would provide "full support" for ministers Sevil Shhaideh and Rovana Plumb, eyed by prosecutors in a new corruption case.
In "Belina" graft case, governing party leader Dragnea says he and his political partners are targets: We are not giving up / The laws of justice will be adopted The leader of Romania's governing Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea claimed in a TV show on Sunday evening that an investigation into a new corruption case is "a violent attack on another state power, a violent attack on the Government". He said in the Antena 3 TV interview that he saw himself and other political leaders, the government and the parliament as "targets" of the investigation and warned that he was "not giving up, not even taking a step back".

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