Romania

Soviet-era prison camp chief sentenced to 20 years in Romania

Former prison camp commander Ion Ficior was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Romania's highest court on Wednesday.

Thousands of Romanians march in latest anti-corruption protests

Thousands of people took part in the latest weekly anti-corruption demonstrations in Romania on Sunday.

EU Parliament urges reinstating visa requirements for US citizens

The European Parliament on Thursday called for the reinstatement of visas for US citizens in response to Washington's failure to lift visa requirements for nationals of five EU countries.

Thousands of Romanians revive anti-government protests

Thousands of Romanians turned out on Sunday to renew their demands for the government to step down amid accusations it is trying to protect corrupt politicians.

New Romanian justice minister named after anti-corruption protests

Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has named a former judge to be the country's next justice minister, after the previous office holder resigned under pressure from mass anti-corruption protests.

Romanians to get referendum on corruption after weeks of protest

Romanians will be able to weigh in on the fight against corruption in a referendum announced by the country's parliament Monday, a move that comes after weeks of protests by citizens angry at attempts to sideline corruption laws.

Thousands form illuminated Romanian flag to protest government

Tens of thousands of Romanians lofted red, blue and yellow strips of paper in the capital Bucharest on Sunday to form a giant national flag, part of the 13th day of protests against a government which had tried to decriminalize some forms of corruption.

Thousands take part in Romania anti-government protests

More than 10,000 people were protesting in Romania late Friday, for the 11th straight day, demanding the resignation of the Social Democratic government for trying to curb the fight against corruption.

Romania's justice minister resigns over scrapped corruption decree

Romanian Justice Minister Florin Iordache stepped down Thursday over a decree on corruption which the government passed last week, but had to revoke after five days under pressure from massive protests.

Romanian cabinet survives no-confidence vote, set to weather crisis

Romania's Social Democratic government on Wednesday comfortably survived a no-confidence motion in parliament and appeared set to weather a massive crisis it triggered in its first month by attempting to relax rules against corruption.

Romanian president scolds government, but opposes snap polls

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis criticized the Social Democratic government over a controversial corruption law which triggered massive protests, but said that snap polls were not a good solution.

Dragnea still wants Romanian premiership despite criminal conviction

The controversial leader of Romania's ruling Social Democrats (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, confirmed on Monday that he still aspires to govern the country

Largest rallies since Ceausescu call on Romanian cabinet to resign

Romania's one-month-old government on Sunday scrapped a controversial decree on corruption, buckling under the pressure from demonstrations, only to find itself facing the largest protest so far, this time calling for resignations.

Romanian cabinet scraps controversial corruption decree

Romania's one-month-old government on Sunday scrapped a controversial decree on corruption, buckling under the pressure from massive demonstrations.

Romania's leader hints at U-turn on corruption law relaxation

The leader of Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, indicated Saturday that he may be willing to withdraw a controversial decree that gives more leeway to corrupt officials, as he bids to end massive protests.

Romanians rally for third day against weakened anti-corruption laws

Tens of thousands of Romanians took to the streets across the country for the third day on Thursday to protest a decree, passed by the new government, that weakens anti-corruption laws.

Mass protest against Romania's new government turns violent

Four police and two demonstrators sustained minor injuries after a mass protest turned violent in front of the Romanian parliament in Bucharest on Wednesday night, police said.

EU warns Romania not to backtrack on fighting corruption

Romania should not backtrack on its efforts to fight corruption, the European Commission said Wednesday, warning that the country's newly approved decree decriminalizing certain abuse of power offences was of "great concern."

EU: Romania and Bulgaria must step up efforts to fight corruption

Despite progress, Romania and Bulgaria have yet to fulfill EU benchmarks on judicial reform and fighting corruption and organized crime, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

Romanian president plans referendum to save anti-corruption law

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis wants to hold a referendum on the country's plans to ease corruption laws, he said in a speech on Monday.

Romanian president joins thousands in anti-government rally

Thousands of Romanians were joined by President Klaus Iohannis in a street protest in Bucharest on Sunday against plans by the government to relax anti-corruption laws.

Romania's law banning convicts from serving in government challenged

Romania's ombudsman Victor Ciorbea on Thursday challenged a law banning convicts from serving in top government posts, possibly paving the way for the leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, to become prime minister.

Social Democrat Grindeanu is Romania's new prime minister

Social Democrat Sorin Grindeanu is Romania's new prime minister, following a vote in parliament on Wednesday in which legislators backed his programme and 27-member government by 296 votes to 133.

Romanian president designates ex-telecoms minister for premier

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Friday designated Social Democrat Sorin Grindeanu as the prime minister, the Mediafax news agency reported.

Romanian socialists propose new premier after Muslim woman blocked

Romania's Social Democratic Party (PSD) proposed a new candidate for the position of prime minister on Wednesday, a day after the president rejected the party's first choice, a Muslim woman.

Romanian president rejects Muslim woman proposed as prime minister

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said Tuesday that he will not designate Sevil Shhaideh, proposed by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) for prime minister.

Romania set to have first female and Muslim prime minister

Little-known former regional development minister Sevil Shhaideh has been proposed as Romania's first woman prime minister, the Social Democratic Party (PSD) said on Wednesday.

Croatia falls behind Romania in actual individual consumption per capita

Actual individual consumption (AIC) per capita in Croatia in 2015 was 42% below the European Union average, the EU statistical office, Eurostat, said on Tuesday, confirming its June estimate.

Romanian Social Democrats set to win election

The Social Democrats (PSD) were in the lead in exit polls Sunday after parliamentary elections in Romania, the electoral commission confirmed.

Social Democrats in the lead in Romanian exit polls

The Social Democrats (PSD) were in the lead in exit polls Sunday after parliamentary elections in Romania.

Social democrats favoured as Romanians head to the polls

Romanians are set to head to the polls Sunday, with the latest surveys favouring the Social Democrats (PSD) ahead of the centre-right National Liberals (PNL).

Romania election: more a plebiscite on corruption than a policy race

Romania has tried and convicted scores of politicians on corruption charges in recent months. In parliamentary elections on Sunday, voters are expected to send a signal to the government on whether the crackdown was hard enough.

Ferrero cuts ties with Romanian supplier after child labour report

Italian confectioner Ferrero Rocher has cut ties to a Romanian supplier following accusations of child labour, slave wages and unhygienic conditions in the manufacture of its Kinder chocolate eggs, Ferrero's German subsidiary said in Frankfurt.

Romanian election chief arrested ahead of parliamentary polls

The head of the Romanian election authority, Ana Maria Petru, was arrested just three weeks before parliamentary elections, under corruption suspicions, PRO TV and other media reported Wednesday.

Two Iraqi migrants drown, four missing after boat capsizes in Danube

Two Iraqi migrants drowned and four others were missing after their small boat capsized as they attempted to cross the Danube River from Bulgaria to Romania, the Bulgarian state radio reported Tuesday.

Top Romanian secret service officials charged with corruption

Several top officials of Romania's secret service are to be prosecuted on corruption charges, the country's anti-corruption office (DNA) said Monday.

At least sixteen foreigners among victims of Italy's earthquake

The death toll from the massive earthquake that struck central Italy, which stands at 291 according to the latest count, includes at least 16 foreign nationals from Romania, Britain, Spain, Canada and Albania.

Romanian birdwatchers spot rare flamingos in Danube delta

Romanian bird watchers "sensationally" spotted and photographed wild pink flamingos in the Danube delta for the first time in decades, the national ornithological society (SOR) said Monday.

Romania increases controls at border with Serbia to block migrants

Romania is stepping up the monitoring of its border with Serbia in a bid to stem illegal crossings by migrants, the Interior Ministry in Bucharest said Friday.

UEFA charge Romania, Albania over crowd conduct

UEFA charged the Romanian and Albanian football federations Monday over fan disorder in their Euro 2016 match in Lyon the previous day.

Albania end scoring drought to down Romania and stay alive

Albania's Euro 2016 could continue into the knock-out phase after the debutants ended their scoring drought to eliminate Romania with a 1-0 victory in Lyon on Sunday.

Albania hope to find path progress as Iordanescu ignores century

Albania are without a goal or point at Euro 2016 despite strong performances so far and must end their scoring drought to beat Romania on Sunday to have any chance of progressing from Group A to the knock-out phase.

Swiss held 1-1 by Romania - fail to qualify early for last 16

Switzerland rallied to a 1-1 draw with Romania at Euro 2016 on Wednesday but the point wasn't good enough to see them qualify prematurely for the knock-out rounds for the first time.

Swiss eye historic second Euro win to all but make knock-out stages

Switzerland are aware they need improvement in their second Euro 2016 game against Romania on Wednesday as they aim for victory and domestic football history.

Les Bleus happy to be spared the blues - but need improvement

Hosts France got the start they wanted for Euro 2016, but it took a late strike of genius from Dimitri Payet to hold off Romania 2-1. Having the tricky opener out of the way may now also help Les Bleus improve ahead of their upcoming tasks.

Payet stunner gives France 2-1 win over Romania in Euro 2016 opener

Dimitri Payet capped his man-of-the-match performance with a stunning 89th-minute winner to lift hosts France 2-1 past Romania in the Euro 2016 opener.

Low turnout at Romanian local elections could help social democrats

Turnout was low across the board Sunday at local elections in Romania, where support for the national government was set to be tested.

Bulgaria and Romania may join Croatia in blocking Serbia's EU path - press

After Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria may also slow down Serbia on its European integration path by setting conditions for the opening of Chapter 23, Belgrade media reported on Friday.

EU: Bulgaria, Romania must ramp up anti-corruption, judicial reform

Bulgaria must deliver concrete results in fighting corruption and reforming its judiciary, while Romania must also strive for more progress, the European Commission said Wednesday in its latest assessment of the two countries.