​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
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".
Venice Commission: There is by no means a financial threshold for abuse of office Romanian newspaper "Adevarul" has obtained the official position of the Venice Commission on the most problematic legal issue in Romanian politics of the past year: the so-called prejudice threshold that should be imposed in defining the crime of abuse of office, the threshold below which the deed would be decriminalized.
Sources: Governing PSD party communicators to hold accountable President, other top officials for "liquidation campaign" against party leader Liviu Dragnea Main leaders and communicators of the governing Social Democratic Party (PSD) will counteract Belina file, which focuses on irregularities in which PSD leader Liviu Dragnea appears to be involved, with a joint message in the media in the next few days. According to several sources within the PSD, the message will portray Liviu Dragnea as a victim of a plan of his political opponents.
​OPINION Russia's methods: The way Romania gets ready for a media conquest As the world gets increasingly worried about the aggressive informational war tactics developed by Russia, Romania gets ready by itself to be conquered by means of media. While large countries such as the US, Germany or even organisations like NATO try to counter the new weapons perfected by Russia, in Romania the local media itself does the harm Russian trolls are struggling to do elsewhere.
​OPINION Romanian minister Tudorel Toader's counter-reform of the judiciary: Why proposals announced by Justice minister are poisonous Romanian Justice minister Tudorel Toader announced a set of proposals on Wednesday to reform the judiciary. The package of proposed legislation shows Toader fell in line with Social Democratic leader Liviu Dragnea's requests and complied to put forward a counter-reform of the Justice system in a country that has struggled to properly reform it for more than a decade. It is now essential that magistrates react firmly as their very independence is at stake.
VIDEO Haferland Week: the event which attracts more tourists towards the Saxon villages than any other time of the year The Saxon villages have caught the attention of the public opinion with the arrival of Prince Charles in the region, and even today, the most of the foreign tourists who visit this area are the Germans who, either wish to learn about their origins, or come to visit a region where people speak their language. However, every year, for one week, the crowd gets bigger, due to the thousands of Romanian tourists who come to enjoy the the Saxon traditions and natural landscape. Of course, they are joined by hundreds of Transylvanian Saxons, who return to their homeland, but also by travellers from other countries, as Haferland Week has already became an iconic celebration for this region.
OPINION ​The cartel against Romanian graft prosecutors: a major change of tactics in battle with anti-corruption chief Kovesi A small cartel formed of influential business people, media owners and corrupt politicians is investing energy and resources in an attempt to persuade Western governments that the fight against corruption in Romania, the anti-graft body DNA and its chief Laura Codruta Kovesi no longer deserve their support. We are witnessing a major change of tactics in the fight against prosecutors investigating high level graft. DNA's "clients" have understood that in order to have peace in the country a lot of noise has to be made abroad. Changing laws and killing institutions would be in vain if Brussels or Washington intervene in their support and put them back under pressure.
When will the public Radio Romania Actualitati join the EU and NATO? Have you heard about the Russian propaganda in its pure status, subsidized by ourselves, by our taxes? Yeah, it’s possible, and it’s scandalous. Radio Romania Actualitati, the station funded by your money, is a box of resonance for Kremlin’s official positions, broadly broadcasted, with no editorial filter, without any discernment, for tens of minutes of radio show. Last night, for dozens of minutes I had the feeling that I was listening to the  communist radio journals, when Romania was allied with Russia (then USSR), in the Warsaw Pact, when it was a comrade in ideology with China and North Korea, and the US, Japan and South Korea were the bad imperialists.
​Has Kovesi escaped from being changed? President Klaus Iohannis’ statements issued on Tuesday seem to have aimed to save the DNA and extinguish the fire started inside the DNA. On the other hand, Liviu Dragnea pushed the Justice Minister on Wednesday to say something about scandal, suggesting that the situation is bad. Justice Minister Toader will have to choose between two options.  Will he save Kovesi again or will he call for her removal?


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