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​Top Bundestag official Krichbaum says Romanian officials' derailments inflict serious damage on German-Romanian relations / Romania's Presidency of the EU Council seems to fail before it even starts / German investors deterred The recent derailments of two top officials of Romania's governing Social Democratic Party (PSD) inflict serious damage on German-Romanian relations and the lack of action by the Romanian government in this regard means it accepts them, says the chairman of the EU Affairs Committee in the German Bundestag, Gunther Krichbaum, in answers to HotNews.ro questions. He says he Romanian presidency of the EU Council next year seems to fail before it even starts and warns that German investors are deterred by developments in Romania.
Up to 50,000 in peaceful second night of anti-govt protests in Bucharest as Romania reels in wake of violent riot police intervention during massive Friday demonstration ​Some 50,000 people joined a new evening of anti-government protests in Bucharest on Saturday, a day after riot police forces violently ended a similar demonstration organised by Romanians working abroad. This time around, the protest was peaceful with no major incident, despite authorities failing to provide proper explanations for the way they used violence against harmless protesters a night before.
VIDEO HotNews.ro journalist beaten by riot police during Bucharest anti-govt protests. "I yelled I am a journalist and lifted my hands above my head. One punched me, another kicked me in the back" HotNews.ro journalist Robert Mihailescu was kicked and punched by gendarmes during violent incidents on the margins on a major anti-government protest in Bucharest on Friday. He was attacked after the riot police launched an intervention against protesters, when people on social media said - with video proof - that peaceful demonstrators were hit by police forces without justification.
Romania riot police use tear gas indiscriminately against peaceful protesters in huge anti-government demonstrations in Bucharest Riot police used tear gas and a water cannon against peaceful protesters including women, children and elderly people on Friday night as some 100,000 people joined a protest in Bucharest against the current government led by the Social Democratic Party (PSD). Gendarmes showed up with water cannons and mounted police and, while appearing not to have used them by late in the evening, it  resorted to an unprecedented level of force against the people, while a limited number of protesters threw various objects at them.
Romania braces for major protest as Diaspora plans demonstrations against PSD-led government's policies Major protests are expected to take place in Bucharest and other major cities across Romania on Friday evening as the Diaspora has been organising a massive "return home" for demonstrations against the policies promoted by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) -led government. Facebook pages put up for the occasion suggest the protests will be massive, with tens of thousands of people announcing their participation.
Controversies hit economy and social plans of PSD-led government of Romania as parliamentary session ends ​The governing coalition in Romania concludes an extended parliamentary session this week with a wave of controversies related to legislation passed by their MPs and government. After marathon efforts to change the laws of justice, the coalition now has to cope with question marks about its competence and predictibility, with feelings of incredulity among observers about economy- and social-related plans and decisions of the Social Democratic Party (PSD)-led government.
Interim head Jurma takes over at helm of Romania's anti-graft body, top prosecutor promises continuation of fight against corruption 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.
Romania President Iohannis says Romania had "good results" at NATO summit, President Trump "called things by their name" 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.
Top anti-graft prosecutor Kovesi's dismissal sparks harsh reactions in Romania / Interim head appointed at National Anti-corruption Department 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.
Under pressure, Romanian President Iohannis dismisses top anti-graft prosecutor Kovesi ​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.
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" 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.
​Romanian politicians, people react to prison sentence applied to political leader Dragnea. PM Dancila attacks judges, defends boss 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.
Romania governing party leader Dragnea receives prison sentence in corruption case / Verdict not final ​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.updating
​Thousands of Romanians renew protests against governing party over fight against corruption / German journalist apparently retained by gendarmes 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.
Tensions rise as Romania's government coalition deals legal blow to fight against corruption 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.
​Renewed tensions between govt party PSD, President Iohannis over fate of Romania's top anti-graft prosecutor Kovesi 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.
Russia Ambassador to Romania pickpocketed in Sibiu - news report 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.
​Throngs brought to Bucharest for governing coalition protests against "parallel state", seen as show of force for strongman Liviu Dragnea against anti-graft prosecutors 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".
Romania Constitutional Court president speaks on recent visit to Russia 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.
GDPR: Law on authority to supervise processing of personal data adopted 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.

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