PSD leader Liviu Dragnea claims president Iohannis incites violence, warns opposition about "scenarios" to submit criminal complains against PM Dancila 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".
Media threat: Romania governing party leader calls for investigation of journalist after publication of info on embassy to Israel 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 website where the information about the memorandum was first published, should be investigated.
���Thousands of demonstrators, President Iohannis protest Romania government coalition 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.
Romania PM Viorica Dancila announces Pope Francisc visit to Romania next year 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 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.
VIDEO REPORT NATO defence of the Black Sea area. Images from the biggest military exercise of the Alliance in Romania 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 public television claims voting issues after losing Eurovision finals qualification 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 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!" 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".
Romanian President Iohannis fined for discrimination when speaking of "penal" people attacking anti-graft prosecutors 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 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.
Romanian Justice minister suggests critical report on fighting graft was not made by GRECO experts, questions their competence 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 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.
Former Romanian PM Grindeanu in hearing in graft case related to party leader Liviu Dragnea 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 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".
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" 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 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.
BREAKING Political tensions spiral as Romanian President Iohannis demands resignation of PM Viorica Dancila 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 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.
UPDATE Latest hearing in PSD leader Liviu Dragnea's abuse in office case due to take place at supreme court on Wednesday, postponed 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 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 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.


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