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Romanian government leader announced "decision was made" to move Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. New political conflict looms as President Iohannis blasts govt plans

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Alleged plans to move the Romanian Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem have sparked a new conflict between Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD) and President Klaus Iohannis. Tensions rose after PSD leader Liviu Dragnea said in a TV show on Thursday night that a "decision has been made" to move the Embassy to Jerusalem and that the government adopted a memorandum in this regard, although no such document has been made public or announced at government level so far.  The President reacted harshly on Friday morning, blasting the idea of moving the embassy.
Liviu Dragnea
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​Romania's governing PSD tables massive changes to criminal laws in Parliament, seen as undermining anti-graft legislation and in support of corrupt politicians

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
The governing PSD submitted a series of changes to the Romanian criminal law and criminal procedure law for debate in Parliament this week, changes that, if adopted, may provide strong help to corrupt politicians facing criminal inquiries. The bill, submitted by a PSD deputy known for his legislative initiatives aimed at undermining the fight against graft, are expected to be debated in a special parliamentary commission starting May 2.

Romanian President on proposed changes to criminal law: Some are totally unacceptable

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Some of the proposals tabled by Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD) in Parliament to change the criminal law of the country are totally unacceptable, President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday. He said it was inadmissible that some changes are aimed specifically at helping people at the helm of the Parliament and who face criminal inquiries, as news agency news.ro reports.

Romanian President Iohannis: The threat is the "hostile behaviour" coming from Russia / We encourage US military presence on Romanian territory

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
​One of the main existing security threat is Russia's "hostile behaviour", Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday, who avoided, though, to mention the Russian Federation directly so that he not be "too direct".
Tudorel Toader
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Romania President Iohannis rejects call to dismiss top anti-graft prosecutor Kovesi

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 16 Apr 2018 English | Top News
​Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Monday rejected a call by Justice minister Tudorel Toader to dimiss the head of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate, Laura Codruta Kovesi. He said the arguments presented by the Justice minister were not able to convince him of the necessity to dismiss Kovesi. Minister Toader replied by saying he would notify the Constitutional Court about the refusal.

Romania govt party leader Dragnea announces massive demonstration in support of traditional family, dismisses rumors of a prime minister's departure

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 16 Apr 2018 English | Top News
Romania's governing party, the Social Democrats (PSD), will organise a massive demonstration in support of the traditional family, PSD leader Liviu Dragnea announced on Monday. He made the announcement as info about a planned PSD demonstration "of 1 million people" had circulated earlier today, in connection with speculation about an alleged intention of prime minister Viorica Dancila to resign.

Romania President Iohannis gives green light to criminal inquiry into ex-leaders in 1989 Revolution case

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Vineri, 13 Apr 2018 English | Top News
​Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Friday sent a request to the Justice minister for the launch of a criminal inquiry against former president Ion Iliescu, ex-PM Petre Roman and another former official, in the case of the 1989 Revolution. The Prosecutor General charges the three with crimes against humanity.
Liviu Plesoianu
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Romanian MP targets management of intelligence services with several bills

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 12 Apr 2018 English | Top News
An MP for the governing Social Democrats (PSD) has submitted four bills eyeing the management of the intelligence services, as the PSD leadership has become more vocal about the intelligence community, prompting debates about apparent moves to subdue them politically.

Annual inflation rate up to 5% in March, highest since June 2013

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 12 Apr 2018 English | Top News
Romania's annual inflation rate rose to 5% in March 2018, up 0.3 percentage points from the previous months, reaching the highest level since June 2013.

GRECO Report: Council of Europe anti-graft body says its deeply worried about changes to Romanian justice laws, calls on Romania to abstain from other changes that may affect fight against corruption

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Miercuri, 11 Apr 2018 English | Top News
The Council of Europe group of states against corruption (GRECO) says in a report published Wednesday that it is deeply worried about the laws that the Romanian Parliament adopted recently, to change the legislation on the statute of magistrates, on the judiciary system and the Superior Council of Magistrates, as well as about bills to change penal law in the country.

A representative of a US-based company involved in a deal linking Romanian politics to Cambridge Analytica says he supported visit of current Romanian ForMin to Washington / Minister denies

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 5 Apr 2018 English | Top News
Charles Andreae from the Andreae&Associates company, contracted by SCL, the umbrella company of Cambridge Analytica, for a Romania-related project recently, says he was employed by SCL to contribute to the organisation of a visit by Romanian Foreign minister Teodor Melescanu to Washington, according to RiseProject.ro.
Wang Yan
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​How a Chinese man considered "threat to national security" in Romania accessed strategic company Cupru Min

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 5 Apr 2018 English | Top News
Wang Yan, a Chinese businessman who had his Romanian citizenship withdrawn for national security reasons several years ago, managed to reach the headquarters of Romanian copper company Cupru Min, a strategic state-owned company, in November 2016, according to information obtained by HotNews.ro. A year later, he obtained Cupru Min's whole production for a Hong Kong-based company, as journalists at Tolo.ro revealed earlier this week.
Wang Yan i Emil Boc, la inaugurarea China Town
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Romania key copper company Cupru Min has sold all production to Hong Kong co. represented by man eyed by intelligence service over ”national security threat”

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 2 Apr 2018 English | Top News
Romanian copper company Cupru Min, owner of 60% of the country's copper reserves, sold all its production to Hong Kong-based company Merlion Resources, which is represented by Wang Yan, a controversial businessman whose Romanian citizenship has been withdrawn several years ago, Tolo.ro reports. The citizenship withdrawal had been requested by the Romanian Intelligence Service over ”threats to national security”.
Dacian Ciolos
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Former Romanian PM Dacian Ciolos claims substantial support for new party

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 2 Apr 2018 English | Politics
Former Romanian PM Dacian Ciolos, who led a technocratic government in 2016, and a team including many ministers of that government announced the launch of a new party late last week. On Sunday evening, he claimed during a TV show that his Romania Together Movement has already drawn 30,000 supporters on its website, 17,000 of which want to become members.
Mascati DIICOT
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Romanian anti-terror prosecutors investigate Romanian of Palestinian nationality for promoting terrorism and accessing documentation on how to launch terror attacks

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 29 Mar 2018 English | Top News
Romanian prosecutors dealing with terrorism and organised crime (DIICOT), notified by the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), are investigating a Romanian citizen of Palestinian nationality under suspicion of promoting propaganda specific to terror groups in the Middle East and training in using explosive materials, the DIICOT has announced.
Alexander Adamescu
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​Businessman Alexander Adamescu, attempting to dodge extradition from Britain to Romania, arrested in London

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 29 Mar 2018 English | Top News
Romanian businessman, Alexander Adamescu, son of late businessman Dan Adamescu, was arrested in London on Monday night, almost a year after the Bucharest Tribunal issued a preventive arrest warrant on his name, Police sources have told Romanian news agency Mediafax. Newspaper Libertatea, quoting judiciary sources, says he was arrested after a London court found he used fake documents while facing a case in which he has been trying to dodge extradition to Romania.

Russian diplomat to Bucharest declared persona non grata in Romania

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 26 Mar 2018 English | Top News
The Romanian Foreign Ministry declared a diplomat of the Russian Embassy to Bucharest persona non grata in Romania, so he is forced to leave the Romanian territory. The announcement came as a wave of European countries, along with the US and Canada announced the expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats in the wake of the Skripal case in Britain.

Romania's governing party brings up two controversial topics: referendum on definition of family, talks on introduction of civil partnerships

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 26 Mar 2018 English | Top News
Representatives of the government and the governing parties brought up a hotly debated topic on public agenda on Monday: a planned referendum to redefine marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Also on Monday, the leader of the governing Social Democrats, Liviu Dragnea, announced interest in discussion of another polarising topic - the introduction of civil partnerships.

Bloomberg: Schweighofer sells forests owned in Romania to Swedish group GreenGold

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 26 Mar 2018 English | Top News
Austrian group Schweighofer is to sell the forests it controls in Romania to Swedish investor Greengold Asset Management AB/KB, according to Bloomberg. More precisely, it sells the Cascade Empire company and the "Ocolul Silvic Cascade Empire", which together hold 14,283 hectares of forests in northern Romania, according to a Schweighhofer statement on Monday.
Klaus Iohannis
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Romanian President Iohannis says expulsion of Russian diplomats is not decided at European Council as it is a matter of national security for each member state

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Vineri, 23 Mar 2018 English | Top News
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said in Brussels on Friday that an expulsion of Russian diplomats is not something to be decided at the European Council, as it is a matter of national security each member state should decide on, according to news agency news.ro.

Romania anti-graft prosecutors take railway companies to court in case where prejudice is estimated at RON 1Bln

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Vineri, 23 Mar 2018 English | Top News
Romanian National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors took to court a former service manager of the Romanian Railways Company (CFR), along with companies Regiotrans, Rail Force and RC CF Trans, in a case where the Romanian state claims a prejudice of RON 1.1 billion.
Viorica Dancila
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PM Dancila says Romania fares very well in preparation for take over of EU Council Presidency

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Vineri, 23 Mar 2018 English | Top News
Romanian PM Viorica Dancila believes Romania fares very well with preparations for the take over of its first term at the Presidency of the EU Council, a government press release says. The statement was made at a reunion regarding the EU Council presidency preparations on Friday.
HotNews.ro
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​HotNews.ro from now on. What changes. What stays the same

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 22 Mar 2018 English | Top News
HotNews.ro is one of the most read news websites in Romania due to a closely knit group of passionate journalists who have been working together for years, but also due to its readers:  an informed public informed in quickly delivered, relevant news, people who stood by us and oftentimes was critical of us, forcing us to always keep high standards.
Scrisoarea Vioricai Dancila catre Jean-Claude Juncker
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PM Dancila uses different wording in Romanian and English versions of letter to EC President Juncker: harsh approach in version for local media, mild one for official recipient

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 22 Mar 2018 English | Top News
Romanian prime minister Viorica Dancila sent a letter to EC President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday, requiring "urgent clarifications" about alleged meddling by the Commission on high profile corruption cases in Romania. But in doing so, she also sent a Romanian-language copy to Romanian media, which bears significantly different, stronger wording than the English-language version, as noted by journalist Liviu Avram of newspaper Adevarul and by HotNews.ro readers.
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​British consultant Rupert Wolfe Murray speaks out on contacts with Cambridge Analytica over Romania involvement

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 22 Mar 2018 English | Top News
A British consultant, Rupert Wolfe Murray said on Wednesday as quoted by AP that prior to the 2016 general elections in Romania he had been contacted by a top official from Cambridge Analytica, the company at the center of the ongoing scandal on abusive use of Facebook data.
Dacian Ciolos
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Ex-Romanian PM Ciolos to submit file to establish new political party

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 22 Mar 2018 English | Politics
Former Romanian PM Dacian Ciolos, who has been pressed to enter politics after a year as head of a technocratic government, announced on Wednesday that documents for the establishment of a new political party, due to run in European elections, would be submitted within two weeks, according to Agerpres news agency.

House of Deputies adopts hastily corrected Justice laws

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Marţi, 20 Mar 2018 English | Top News
A special parliamentary commission tackling changes to Romania's laws of the judiciary, which have sparked massive protests, concluded on Tuesday the last round of modificiations to articles of their work which the Constitutional Court has found to be unconstitutional. The reports on the corrections were finished in less than an Hour and went to a final vote in the House of Deputies. They were all adopted with the support of the governing PSD and ALDE parties and the Hungarian Democrats.
Adrian Nastase si Dumitru Prunariu la o conferinta despre relatiile romano-ruse
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Romanian Foreign Ministry opts for non-involvement in controversy over visit of former PM to Moscow

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 19 Mar 2018 English | Top News
Romania's Foreign Ministry stated on Monday that a recent conference that took place in Moscow, with the participation of ministry officials and former PM Adrian Nastase, was not supported financially or organisationally by the governmental institution. The conference sparked controversy in Bucharest, as pictures appeared depicting ex-PM Nastase in the company of prominent Russians close to Kremlin policy making, prior to the presidential poll that saw the re-election of Vladimir Putin.

Romanian parliamentary commission brings changes to provisions of Justice laws that were found unconstitutional

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 19 Mar 2018 English | Top News
A special parliamentary commission tasked with changing the Laws of Justice adopted on Monday a series of additional changes to the provisions of the amended laws which the Constitutional Court has found to be unconstitutional.

Initiative to allow territorial autonomy for Szeklers' Counties enters parliamentary debate in Romania

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Luni, 19 Mar 2018 English | Top News
A Romanian House of Deputies commission will on Tuesday launch the debate on a bill initiated by a Democratic Hungarian (UDMR) MP on the territorial autonomy of the Szeklers' Counties - the Romanian counties with a large Szekler (ethnic Hungarian) community. The bill proposes a return to an administrative organisation that includes a local president, parliament and government, with Hungarian language admitted as official language along the Romanian language.
Cristian Pantazi (L.) si Dan Tapalaga (R.)
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HotNews.ro editor-in-chief Cristian Pantazi, coordinating editor Dan Tapalaga leaving newsroom. Their messages to readers

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Marţi, 13 Mar 2018 English | Top News
Cristian Pantazi, editor-in-chief of HotNews.ro, and Dan Tapalaga, coordinating editor at the website, on Tuesday announced their leaving the newsroom to launch their own editorial project. Here are their messages to readers.
Klaus Iohannis
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EXCLUSIVE Romanian President's name considered in Brussels for president of European Council

de Dan Tapalaga HotNews.ro
Vineri, 2 Mar 2018 English | Top News
The name of Romanian President Klaus Iohannis is taken into consideration in Brussels for the seat of European Council president, currently held by former Polish PM Donald Tusk, several political sources have told HotNews.ro for the past several days. They said it was not clear whether President Iohannis was interested in the job, but he was certaintly supported among European officials who have started preparations for accepting Iohannis as Council head.
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[P] More Romanians interested in luxury tourism

de Smile Media
Vineri, 2 Mar 2018 English | Top News
According to www.rentluxurycarindubai.com, an online portal dealing with high-end car rentals in Dubai, there is an increasing number of requests from Eastern European clients, Romanians included.

HOTNEWS.RO OPINIONS on Justice minister's decision to call for dismissal of top anti-graft prosecutors: a minister of thieves in a country run by criminals

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Vineri, 23 Feb 2018 English | Top News
Romania's Justice minister Tudorel Toader earned himself the title of minister of thieves on Thursday, considering the way he chose for calling the dismissal of top anti-graft prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi, comments HotNews.ro journalist Dan Tapalaga. For his part, the editor-in-chief of the news website, Cristian Pantazi, called minister Toader's monologue against Kovesi a "plea for thievery, for breaching the law and against Justice".
Protest impotriva revocarii sefei DNA
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Reactions to Romanian Justice minister's decision to call for dismissal of chief anti-graft prosecutor: ad hoc street protests, presidential, political and professional criticism

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Vineri, 23 Feb 2018 English | Top News
When Romanian Justice minister Tudorel Toader announced Thursday evening that he launches the procedure for the dismissal of the country's chief anti-graft prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kovesi, he sparked a wave of criticism and even ad hoc protests in Bucharest and other cities.
Tudorel Toader cere revocarea Laurei Codruta Kovesi
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BREAKING ​​Romanian Justice minister launches procedure for dismissal of top anti-graft prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 22 Feb 2018 English | Top News
Romanian Justice minister Tudorel Toader on Thursday evening announced he was launching the procedure for the dismissal of Laura Codruta Kovesi, chief prosecutor of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), the main body fighting corruption in Romania.
Interconectarile Ungariei
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How Viktor Orban sells to Hungarians the illusion he has resolved the import of gas from Romania

de Claudia Pirvoiu, Cristian Pantazi HotNews.ro
Joi, 15 Feb 2018 English | Top News
Hungary will soon sign an agreement that will allow it to import 4 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Romania annually for the next 15 years, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced last week. It is, in fact, an agreement on the use of the future gas pipeline BRUA, which does not guarantee that the entire quantity of 4 billion cubic meters of gas will be exported to Hungary. Once Romania is linked to the West European market via Hungary - Austria, the Romanian gas will be bought by the consumer who will provide the best conditions.
Darius Valcov
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Darius Valcov, seen as maker of Romanian governing party's economic program, receives 8-year sentence for corruption

de Editorial Staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 8 Feb 2018 English | Top News
The man seen as the brain behind the economic governance program of Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD), Darius Valcov, was sentenced to 8 years in a traffic of influence case on Thursday. The sentence given by the High Court of Justice can be appealled. Valcov is currently serving as an aide for PM Viorica Dancila.
Dan Tapalaga
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OPINION Governing Social Democrats' plan of total power seizure in Romania has been set in motion

de Dan Tapalaga, transl. Ed. staff HotNews.ro
Joi, 1 Feb 2018 English | Top News
The leader of the governing Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea has realized that he is fighting the justice system in vain unless he first controls the institutions of force. For that reason, with his crony Viorica Dancila being appointed Prime Minister, he quickly moved to the plan of total power capture. I wrote on Friday that the PSD leader will capture the last unconquered institutions of the state, the intelligence and security-related bodies and services DOS, DGPI, SPP, SRI, SIE and obviously the anti-corruption prosecutors office, the DNA. Only three days after the new government took office, the balance looks bad. Three key institutions are already being taken in sight and pressed to surrender to the new master.

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