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Romania opposition group USR chooses leadership A key party of the Romanian opposition, the Save Romania Union, chose their leadership in a congress this weekend where party leader Dan Barna was validated as president of the group.
New Romanian Senate speaker, other members excluded from ALDE party following clash with governing Social Democrats - sources say The newly named speaker of the Romanian Senate, ex-Foreign minister Teodor Melescanu, as well as three deputies picked by PM Viorica Dancila to be part of her Social Democratic (PSD) government have been ousted from their political group, ALDE, party sources told HotNews.ro on Friday. This comes as clashes intensified this week between the PSD and their former ally, ALDE, which in August chose to leave the governing coalition.
​Pressure up as Romania government tries to overcome split with key partner, disputed election of new Senate speaker Romanian PM Viorica Dancila and her former partners in the government have been clashing hard over moves by the governing Social Democrats (PSD) to strengthen support in the Parliament, including through a controversial election of a new Senate speaker. The future of the government is at stake as the president of the country has also shown opposition to Dancila's attempts to fill in vacancies in her team.
Governing Social Democrats consider government restructuring with Parliament move - PM Dancila Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD) consider turning to parliamentary procedures to restructure the Government, PM Dancila said on Monday. She has been struggling to obtain a presidential approval for a series of changes to the government, but to no avail.
Romanian President rejects interim ministers submitted by PM, sends government to face parliamentary vote Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday said he rejected a series of interim ministers which PM Viorica Dancila has selected and urged the government to go face the vote of the Parliament to find legitimacy. Iohannis, who had delayed this decision, made the announcement a day after the prime minister said she was turning to the Constitutional Court because the head of state was blocking the interim members of government.
​Romanian PM Dancila, President Iohannis in renewed confrontation over government Romania's Social Democratic (PSD) prime minister Viorica Dancila on Wednesday said her government would turn to the Constitutional Court over a conflict with President Klaus Iohannis. For his part, Iohannis made a new public statement calling out the government for doing "much harm" to Romania.
Romanian opposition leader: Early elections option clearly considered after presidential poll The leader of National Liberal Party (PNL), the main opposition party in Romania, Ludovic Orban said in an interview with HotNews.ro on Tuesday that his group has started political negotiations for a censure motion against the current Social Democratic (PSD) government.
Romania's governing Social Democrats try to recover ex ForMin Melescanu with Senate speaker offer Romania's governing party, the Social Democrats (PSD), announced on Monday they supported ex-Foreign minister Teodor Melescanu for the seat of Senate speaker, left vacant by the resignation of Calin Popescu Tariceanu. Melescanu said he'd stay a member of ALDE, Tariceanu's party.
Romanian Senate speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu submits resignation The Speaker of Romania's Senate, Calin Popescu Tariceanu, submitted his resignation on Monday, as the new parliamentary session begins. He had announced this move when his party, the Liberal Democrats (ALDE), announced their departure from the governing coalition with the Social Democrats (PSD) in August.
President Iohannis holds major lead against pack of presidential contenders in latest poll ​Romanian president Klaus Iohannis retains a major lead against other candidates in public support prior to presidential elections due to take place later this year, according to the latest poll produced by pollster IMAS for radio station Europa FM. Way behind him, an opposition leader comes second place, while Viorica Dancila, the Social Democratic PM recently nominated as presidential candidate, comes fifth.
Romanian deputy causes scandal after naming another MP "untermensch" A Romanian deputy of the governing Social Democratic Party (PSD) caused a scandal in the House on Wednesday as he called a fellow deputy "untermensch", a term used by Nazis to describe "non-Aryan" people. The statement caused the fury of another deputy of the national minorities group, who called the PSD MP "a shame for Romania and the Parliament".
UPDATE Romania's governing alliance splits as minority member party leaves The Liberal Democrats (ALDE), a minority member of the governing alliance, are due to split up with the majority party, the Social Democrats (PSD), converging political sources said on Monday as the leadership of the two parties held last minute talks on how to move on. Sources told Mediafax news agency that ALDE's exit from the governing alliance was due to be decided in the afternoon, with ALDE leader Calin Popescu Tariceanu expected to resign as Senate speaker. PM Dancila, leader of the PSD, said her party would stay in government.UPDATE ALDE has made the decision to leave government, sources told HotNews.ro later in the afternoon. ALDE leader Calin Popescu Tariceanu nnounced the decision shortly. He said ALDE would join the opposition.
Romania gets ready for key elections: governing Social Democrats give "unanimous" vote for PM Dancila to run for presidency Romania's Social Democratic Party (PSD), the leading party of the governing coalition, on Saturday voted "unanimously" for group leader, prime minister Viorica Dancila to run in presidential elections later this year.
Former Justice minister claims he was ousted for refusing to issue abusive Justice-related ordinances Former Justice minister Tudorel Toader, who orchestrated much of the wave of actions against the Judiciary launched by Romania's governing coalition for the past two years, is now claiming he was removed from office after refusing to put his signature on four justice-related emergency ordinances.
​Leaders of emerging political group urge Romanian ooposition to agree on responsible government starting 2020 The leaders of a new political alliance which fared well in recent EP elections in Romania have issued an open letter urging opposition parties to join a deal "to prepare a responsible government in 2020". The call by Dacian Ciolos - who has just been chosen leader of the new Renew Europe group in the European Parliament - and Dan Barna comes as Romania prepares for a long run of elections.
Who's running for top job in Romania's governing Social Democratic Party - PSD The Social Democratic Party (PSD), the leading group of the governing coalition in Romania, are choosing their new leadership at a Congress this weekend. PM Viorica Dancila is aiming to stay head of the party, but faces five challengers.
Romanian majority MPs vote new pensions law despite criticism Romanian MPs on Wednesday voted a new pensions law which would increase pensions in a phased manner starting September this year and through 2020 to 2022. The bill was supported by the governing coalition, led by Social Democrats, despite opposition criticism that there was no money to support such pension rises and that it did not comply with Constitutional Court decisions.
Former Romanian PM Dacian Ciolos claims substantial support for new party 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.
Ex-Romanian PM Ciolos to submit file to establish new political party 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.
​Romanian Opposition in united front in Parliament against US State Dept-related statement by governing coalition leaders Representatives of Romanian opposition parties PNL, PMP and USR took the floor in the House of Deputies on Wednesday to challenge the statement made Tuesday by House speaker Liviu Dragnea and Senate speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, the leaders of the governing PSD-ALDE coalition, dismissing the US State Department urge that the Romanian Parliament drop planned changes to the laws of the judiciary.

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