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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.