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Anca Jurma
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Interim head Jurma takes over at helm of Romania's anti-graft body, top prosecutor promises continuation of fight against corruption

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Romania's prosecutor general Augustin Lazar said on Thursday that the fight against corruption in the country would continue in a strong manner as an interim head took over at the helm at the main body involved in fighting graft, the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA). New DNA head Anca Jurma took over following the departure of Laura Codruta Kovesi, who was dismissed by the president as a result of political struggles earlier this week. Kovesi would not leave far, however, as she was poised to take another DNA-related job.
Klaus Iohannis
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Romania President Iohannis says Romania had "good results" at NATO summit, President Trump "called things by their name"

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Romania reported results in three major objectives it had at the NATO summit this week, President Iohannis said as the Brussels summit ended on Thursday: a command center, upgrading a multinational brigade and a whole session on Black Sea issues. Iohannis also said President Trump did not initiate a conflict but "called things by their name" at the summit.
Klaus Iohannis
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Top anti-graft prosecutor Kovesi's dismissal sparks harsh reactions in Romania / Interim head appointed at National Anti-corruption Department

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Luni, 9 Iul 2018 English | Top News
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis' decision on Monday to comply with a Constitutional Court decision and dismiss top anti-graft prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi sparked a wave of criticism as moves were made to replace Kovesi. One of her aides was appointed interim head of the National Anti-Corruption Department (DNA) as the Justice minister announced the launch of official procedures to name a new head prosecutor at the Department and Kovesi herself spoke of political interference and urged Romanians to trust the fight against corruption can continue.
Laura Codruta Kovesi
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Under pressure, Romanian President Iohannis dismisses top anti-graft prosecutor Kovesi

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Luni, 9 Iul 2018 English | Top News
​Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Monday signed a decree to dimiss top anti-graft prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi from office, a presidency spokesperson has announced. Iohannis thus complied with a Constitutional Court decision which forced him to dismiss Kovesi, who has been leading the National Anti-Corruption Office, at the height of a fierce political struggle of the governing coalition against anti-graft prosecutors.
Liviu Dragnea
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Romania Parliament manages to pass changes to Criminal Code, giving massive blow to fight against corruption. President, opposition blast "damaging" vote of "a dictatorship of majority"

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Miercuri, 4 Iul 2018 English | Top News
Romania's governing coalition managed to push through a last parliamentary vote on Wednesday a series of massive changes to the Criminal Code, which critics call a heavy blow to the fight against corruption. The parliamentary majority had only a narrow margin of 2 votes to pass the changes. House speaker Liviu Dragnea, leader of the governing Social Democrats (PSD) and, as a politician recently sentenced  for abuse in office, a key beneficiary of the legislative changes, made the rare move to take a seat and cast a vote in order to secure the passage of the law.
Protest impotriva PSD-ALDE in Piata Victoriei
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​Romanian politicians, people react to prison sentence applied to political leader Dragnea. PM Dancila attacks judges, defends boss

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Vineri, 22 Iun 2018 English | Top News
A court decision on Thursday to sentence the leader of the governing Social Democrats (PSD) Liviu Dragnea to 3 years and a half under abuse in office charges has sparked a wave of reactions. While Dragnea himself, who is expected to appeal, remained silent, the head of his government defended him publicly and attacked judges who chose the sentence. In the streets of Bucharest, people protested again, while the opposition called for Dragnea's resignation as House speaker. Upheaval is expected within the PSD as well.
Liviu Dragnea
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Romania governing party leader Dragnea receives prison sentence in corruption case / Verdict not final

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Joi, 21 Iun 2018 English | Top News
​Liviu Dragnea, the leader of Romania's Social Democrats (PSD) and speaker of the House of Deputies, received a 3 years, 6 months sentence in a case involving fictitious employment of people at an institution in the county of Teleorman, where he used to run the regional authority. The verdict is not final as it can be appealed.
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Protest Piata Victoriei (4)
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​Thousands of Romanians renew protests against governing party over fight against corruption / German journalist apparently retained by gendarmes

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Joi, 21 Iun 2018 English | Top News
Some 4,000 people attended a new protest against the Romanian governing coalition's moves to change the legislation in order to weaken the fight against corruption, with thousands others joining similar protests across the country. The protest in Bucharest took place amid rising tensions between participants and gendarmes, with one German journalist apparently retained in a well coordinated raid by law enforcers. Demonstrations flared at the end of a politically heated day, with Opposition submitting a censure motion against the government, protests within the Parliament and journalists roughed up by governing party politicians.
Liviu Dragnea
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Tensions rise as Romania's government coalition deals legal blow to fight against corruption

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Marţi, 19 Iun 2018 English | Top News
The governing coalition in Romania used its majority in the Parliament this week to push through a series of changes to the Criminal Procedure Code, which are seen as a major blow to the fight against corruption. On Tuesday, President Iohannis accused the governing Social Democrats (PSD) of voting laws for the benefit of their own leader, while the opposition have accused the coalition of turning Romania into a "criminals' paradise". All these, while a major representative of the US Government was visiting Romania and showed support for the fight against corruption.
Klaus Iohannis
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​Renewed tensions between govt party PSD, President Iohannis over fate of Romania's top anti-graft prosecutor Kovesi

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Miercuri, 13 Iun 2018 English | Top News
Tensions between Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and the governing Social Democrats (PSD) over the fate of the country's top anti-graft prosecutor spiraled again on Tuesday. Iohannis once again postponed a decision whether to dismiss National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) chief Laura Codruta Kovesi, prompting PSD officials to increase pressure and even talk of actions to suspend the head of state.
Valeri Kuzmin
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Russia Ambassador to Romania pickpocketed in Sibiu - news report

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Luni, 11 Iun 2018 English | Top News
Russia's Ambassador to Bucharest, Valery Kuzmin, was left without a wallet while in a central square of the Central Romania city of Sibiu, according to news.ro news agency. It reports that the ambassador, who was left without money and his diplomatic card, submitted a complaint with the police.
Protest Piata Victoriei
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​Throngs brought to Bucharest for governing coalition protests against "parallel state", seen as show of force for strongman Liviu Dragnea against anti-graft prosecutors

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Duminică, 10 Iun 2018 English | Top News
Hundreds of thousands of people, many brought by buses from across the country, attended a massive protest organised by the Romanian governing coalition - which controls the government, the parliament and most public institutions - against what it calls a "parallel state" and "abuse of power". The coalition, led by Social Democratic (PSD) strongman Liviu Dragnea, used the event to attack the authority of President Iohannis and the prosecutors of the anti-graft body DNA, headed by Laura Codruta Kovesi, whom they accuse of "hurting democracy".
Tudorel Toader, ministrul Justitiei
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European Commission notes independence of Romania judiciary questioned, judicial institutions under pressure

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Miercuri, 23 Mai 2018 English | Top News
The situation of the Romanian justice system is the subject of a large part of an European Commission analysis as part of its specific country recommendations for 2018. It points to recent legislative evolutions, how the independence of justice and the anti-corruption legislative framework have been affected, to corruption within the state-funded sector at all levels and to suspicions of fraud in public tenders, which affect building of highways and hospitals in Romania.

GDPR: Law on authority to supervise processing of personal data adopted

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Miercuri, 23 Mai 2018 English | Top News
The Romanian Senate has adopted changes to the law on the functioning of the national authority for the supervision of personal data processing, ANSPDCP. The body will increase its control personnel, which would be able to fine or ban, in certain cases, the processing of personal data.

Telekom Mobile receives RON 1.1 million fine

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Miercuri, 23 Mai 2018 English | Business
Romania's telecom supervising authority ANCOM has fined operator Telekom Mobile Ron 1.1 million over an incident in March this year, when its network was affected for more than the allowed 35 minutes of unavailability, according to HotNews.ro.
Valer Dorneanu, presedintele CCR
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Romania Constitutional Court president speaks on recent visit to Russia

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Miercuri, 23 Mai 2018 English | Top News
The President of the Romanian Constitutional Court, Valer Dorneanu, has for the first time spoken about a recent visit he paid to Russia despite Foreign Ministry recommendation not to do so.

Romania President Iohannis scolds government again, asks if it has money for pensions, salaries until end of year

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Miercuri, 23 Mai 2018 English | Top News
Romania President Klaus Iohannis criticised the government's troubled economic policies again on Tuesday, urging it to state clearly if it has any more money to cover salaries and pensions until the end of the year. His statement comes as the government has become mired again in a scandal over suspected plans to suspend contributions to a private pensions fund.

Romania, facing serious lack of highways, plans to include political leader Dragnea's marginal county on future highway route

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Miercuri, 23 Mai 2018 English | Top News
Romania's government is expecting that three highway projects would be finished through public-private partnerships within five years, deputy PM Viorel Stefan said on Tuesday. One of the planned highways crosses the county of Teleorman, known to be the stronghold of governing party leader Liviu Dragnea - a county which is off all major transportation routes in a country which faces a lack of highways in key regions.
Locul accidentului (bihon.ro)
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Nine dead in Hungary crash involving Romania-registered vehicle

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Miercuri, 23 Mai 2018 English | Top News
At least nine people died in a crash near Budapest, Hungary on Tuesday, as the Romania-registered small bus they were travelling with collided with a truck, according to the Romanian Foreign Minisry.
Calin Popescu Tariceanu
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Romania Senate speaker Tariceanu acquitted in false testimony case

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Miercuri, 23 Mai 2018 English | Top News
Romania's High Court of Justice acquitted Senate speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu on Tuesday in a case where he was charged with false testimony, news agency Mediafax reported. The decision is not final.
Liviu Dragnea
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Governing party leader Dragnea, targeted by criminal complaint, blames President of "seating at table with head of state" which Romania doesn't recognize

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Vineri, 18 Mai 2018 English | Top News
The leader of Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD) Liviu Dragnea on Friday launched a fierce attack against an opposition leader and the President after the former submitted a criminal complaint against him. Dragnea blamed the complaint on decisions he claims were made by the Presidency and he pointed out that President Iohannis "sat at the same table with a state which Romania doesn't recognize - Kosovo".
Ludovic Orban
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Romania opposition leader submits criminal complaint against prime minister Dancila, governing party leader Dragnea for high treason

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Joi, 17 Mai 2018 English | Top News
The leader of Romania's main opposition group, Ludovic Orban of the National Liberal Party (PNL), has submitted a criminal complaint at the Prosecutor General's office against prime minister Viorica Dancila and Liviu Dragnea, the leader of the governing Social Democrats (PSD). He accuses them of high treason, disclosure of state secrets and usurpation of functions, the office has told HotNews.ro.

Air quality: Romania referred to the EU Court of Justice

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Joi, 17 Mai 2018 English | Top News
The European Commission on Thursday referred Romania and five other EU countries to the Court of Justice of the EU over its failings when it comes to air polution.

Superior Council of Magistrates says Justice minister statement may affect independence of prosecutors

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Joi, 17 Mai 2018 English | Top News
Romania's Superior Council of Magistrates (CSM) says that statements made by Justice minister Tudorel Toader, who spoke of unfair repercussions in cases where preventive arrests were made, may affect the independence of prosecutors when it comes to the adoption of procedural solutions.
Florin Iordache
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Romania governing party drops plans for "big demonstration" in support of traditional family

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Luni, 14 Mai 2018 English | Top News
Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD) for now are dropping plans for a "big demonstration" in support of the traditional family, an event which sparked massive controversy as it was due to fuel a referendum on constitutional changes. The party argued it could not organise it given that President Iohannis refused to approve a law on referendums and challenged the bill to the Constitutional Court.
Liviu Dragnea
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Media threat: Romania governing party leader calls for investigation of journalist after publication of info on embassy to Israel

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Luni, 14 Mai 2018 English | Top News
The leader of Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, has called for prosecutors to intervene against a journalist in the case of a secret memorandum on moving Romania's Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Dragnea, who serves as speaker of the House, claimed in a TV show on Sunday night that journalist Dan Tapalaga, from the G4Media.ro website where the information about the memorandum was first published, should be investigated.

PSD leader Liviu Dragnea claims president Iohannis incites violence, warns opposition about "scenarios" to submit criminal complains against PM Dancila

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Luni, 14 Mai 2018 English | Top News
The leader of Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD) Liviu Dragnea used a harsher than ever tone against the president and the opposition on Sunday evening. He accused President Klaus Iohannis of fueling a "sense of uncertainty" among the population, according to statements made in an interview with Romania TV news channel, as quoted by Agerpres news agency. He said such actions by the President "may amount to an attack to national security".
Protest Piata Victoiri (14)
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​Thousands of demonstrators, President Iohannis protest Romania government coalition

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Duminică, 13 Mai 2018 English | Top News
A new wave of protests against the policies of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) -led governing coalition took place across Romania on Saturday, as President Klaus Iohannis himself spoke against government decisions that risk "taking us out of Europe". The events intensified political tensions which reached new heights these days with a Foreign ministry decision to block a EU-wide foreign policy statement.
Viorica Dancila si Papa Francisc
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Romania PM Viorica Dancila announces Pope Francisc visit to Romania next year

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Vineri, 11 Mai 2018 English | Top News
Romanian PM Viorica Dancila was received by Pope Francisc in Vatican on Friday. The Romanian officials delivered an invitation for him to visit the country. In an interview for news channel Antena 3, she later said that the Pope confirmed he would come to Romania early next year.

New anti-government protests announced in Bucharest, other Romanian cities on Saturday

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Vineri, 11 Mai 2018 English | Top News
A series of protests against current government policies have been announced for Saturday evening in Bucharest and 14 other cities in Romania and abroad. The demonstrations challenge attempts to change the leadership of the main anti-graft prosecutor office, the DNA, but also against moves of the governing Social Democratic Party (PSD) to support changes to the Constitution to limit the rights of minority groups.
The Humans nu s-au calificat in finala Eurovision
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Romanian public television claims voting issues after losing Eurovision finals qualification

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Vineri, 11 Mai 2018 English | Top News
A day after Romania lost qualification in the finals of the Eurovision music contest, the Romanian public television TVR issued a press release accusing issues with the voting systems in countries with large Romanian communities.

VIDEO REPORT NATO defence of the Black Sea area. Images from the biggest military exercise of the Alliance in Romania

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Vineri, 11 Mai 2018 English | Top News
Black Sea was the most animate point on the map of NATO operations during the past seven days. 21 military ships, a submarine and 10 airships joined the Sea Shield 18 exercise - the biggest NATO military maneuvers in its SE flank this year. The excercise was attended by over 2,300 troops from several NATO countries and was organised by Romanian Naval Forces, aiming at combat scenarios against asymmetrical, air, submarine and naval threats.

Romanian President Iohannis fined for discrimination when speaking of "penal" people attacking anti-graft prosecutors

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Miercuri, 9 Mai 2018 English | Top News
Romania's National Council against Discrimination (CNCD) has decided to fine President Klaus Iohannis with RON 2,000, charging him with discrimination when he used the word "penal" in a public speech. The President called the fine a political decision which would be challenged in court.

Romanian President on Europe Day: Lately we keep hearing voices blaming Europe and Brussels for almost everything / It's the easiest discourse

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Miercuri, 9 Mai 2018 English | Top News
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis used an event to mark Europe Day on Wednesday to criticise "voices" in Bucharest who "are very easily blaming Europe and Brussels for almost everything". He said this was the easiest discourse for those who are disturbed by European standards of authentic democracy.
eveniment Vrem Europa, nu dictatura
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VIDEO Massive EU flag put on display in Bucharest on Europe Day: ""We don't want to be led by thieves, we want strong democracy and state of law!"

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Miercuri, 9 Mai 2018 English | Top News
A EU flag measuring more than 10 meters was put on display before the Office of the European Commission to Buchares in the afternoon on Wednesday, the Europe Day. The event was aimed at showing the "support of Romanians for European values, independent justice and democratic values".
Tudorel Toader, in Senat
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Romanian Justice minister suggests critical report on fighting graft was not made by GRECO experts, questions their competence

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Miercuri, 9 Mai 2018 English | Top News
Justice minister Tudorel Toader on Wednesday questioned the competence of GRECO experts he has talked to before the Council of Europe body put forward a critical report on the fight against corruption in Romania and attempted changes to the laws of the judiciary. He claimed Romania was not a subject in European talks on activating Article 7, as it happened in the case of Poland.

Romanian MPs continue talks on changes to criminal law, table proposals protecting criminals

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Marţi, 8 Mai 2018 English | Top News
Romanian MPs in charge with pushing a series of changes to the Penal Code proposed a new wave of criminal-friendly amendments to the legislation on Tuesday. These include a change that would threaten prison sentences for people who reveal information during criminal inquiries and an attempt to lower sentences for bribery.
Sorin Grindeanu
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Former Romanian PM Grindeanu in hearing in graft case related to party leader Liviu Dragnea

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Marţi, 8 Mai 2018 English | Top News
Former Romanian prime minister Sorin Grindeanu, who served in the first half of 2017, faced hearings at the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) on Tuesday. He was summoned to the DNA as a witness in the so-called Belina file, which is related to House speaker Liviu Dragnea, the leader of the governing Social Democrats (PSD).

Judges to seal fate of Romanian Senate speaker Tariceanu, accused of false testimony, in late May

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Marţi, 8 Mai 2018 English | Top News
A decision in the case of Romanian Senate speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu, who has been judged for false testimony in a criminal case, is expected to be announced on May 22. Anti-graft (DNA) prosecutors called for a 3 year prison sentence for Tariceanu, who appeared before the High Court of Justice one last time on Tuesday. Tariceanu calls the accusations a "mystification".
Klaus Iohannis
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President Iohannis slams PM Dancila's performance again, calling for her resignation / Dancila's party boss Dragnea dismisses Iohannis' "lies", claims potential "attack on national security"

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Marţi, 8 Mai 2018 English | Top News
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis renewed his attacks on the Social Democratic (PSD) government on Monday, when he used a report on tax revenues to the state budget to call again for the resignation of prime minister Viorica Dancila. He said she was due to make room "to competent people", considering that the budget balance for the first quarter of 2018 was "completely unsatisfactory".

​Romanian President Iohannis challenges justice laws at Constitutional Court, notifies Venice Commission, says bills not in line with state of law

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Miercuri, 2 Mai 2018 English | Top News
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday deepened tensions with the governing coalition as he announced he would challenge at the Constitutional Court a massive set of laws overwriting the rules of the judiciary and would notify the Venice Commission about them. He said attacks led by the governing Social Democrats (PSD) on the Judiciary resulted in a set of laws that do not comply with the rigors of a state of law or with the expectations Romanians have about the independence of magistrates.
Klaus Iohannis
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BREAKING Political tensions spiral as Romanian President Iohannis demands resignation of PM Viorica Dancila

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Vineri, 27 Apr 2018 English | Top News
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Friday demanded the resignation of PM Viorica Dancila, calling her unable to fulfill her duties as head of government. The statement comes amid excalating tensions between the head of state and the government, where Dancila is seen as a dummy PM in the hands of Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader Liviu Dragnea, the House speaker.

Romanian PM Viorica Dancila to leave for Israel amid embassy furore on Wednesday

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Miercuri, 25 Apr 2018 English | Top News
The Romanian Government admitted on Tuesday evening that prime minister Viorica Dancila would leave for Israel on Wednesday, where she is due to meet counterpart Benkamin Netanyahu for an exchange of opinions of political and security issues.
Liviu Dragnea
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UPDATE Latest hearing in PSD leader Liviu Dragnea's abuse in office case due to take place at supreme court on Wednesday, postponed

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Miercuri, 25 Apr 2018 English | Top News
The last hearing in the case where the leader of Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD) Liviu Dragnea is judged for buse in office takes place at the High Court of Justice on Wednesday, news agency news.ro reports.
  • UPDATE The court has decided to pospone the judgment until mid-May, asking the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), which launched the case, if it worked with the intelligence service SRI in the case.

​Romania President on possible move of Embassy to Jerusalem: Forcing such a decision would kick over half a century of serious diplomacy

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Marţi, 24 Apr 2018 English | Top News
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said on Monday that he talked to PM Viorica Dancila about alleged plans to move the Romanian Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He said he explained her "some issues" and that he believed she understood "a bit better" what are the problems to be taken into consideration in this regard. He made the comments days after the leader of governing Social Democrats (PSD) claimed in a TV show that a decision had been made to move the Embassy to Jerusalem.
Liviu Dragnea la Antena 3
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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

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Vineri, 20 Apr 2018 English | Top News
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

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Joi, 19 Apr 2018 English | Top News
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

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Joi, 19 Apr 2018 English | Top News
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

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Joi, 19 Apr 2018 English | Top News
​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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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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.

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