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Romania former anti-graft chief summoned over corruption allegation

Bucharest - Romanian magistrate Laura Codruta Kovesi, a hot favourite to become the EU's first-ever top prosecutor, faces a fresh hearing next week over allegations of graft, media reports said Thursday.

Romanian judges protest against 'threat' to justice

Bucharest - Hundreds of Romanian judges demonstrated in major cities on Friday, and prosecutor's offices decided to suspend work to protest against a government decree they say threatens judicial independence.

Feud escalates between Romania govt and former anti-graft chief

Bucharest - A stand-off between Romania's government and judiciary escalated as the former chief anti-graft prosecutor said she had been summoned by investigators over allegations of corruption, abuse of office and giving false testimony.

Germany says missile treaty dead as Europe frets about arms race

Bucharest - Germany said Friday that Russia had "de facto invalidated" a landmark Cold War missile reduction treaty which the US is poised to abandon, with Europe anxious at the prospect of a new arms race.

Europe launches sanctions-busting Iran payment vehicle

Bucharest - Britain, France and Germany on Thursday launched a trade mechanism to bypass US sanctions on Iran, drawing praise from Tehran -- and a warning from Washington.

EU creates contact group for Venezuela crisis: Mogherini

Bucharest - The EU on Thursday announced the creation of an international contact group of European and Latin American countries to help chart a peaceful end to Venezuela's political crisis within 90 days.

End in sight for Romania miners' strike: ministry

Bucharest - The majority of miners who have been on strike in Romania since 11 January have agreed to go to back to work after winning wage rises, the country's energy ministry said on Thursday.

Romanian anti-corruption chief steps down

Bucharest - The interim head of Romania's anti-corruption agency said Tuesday she was stepping down, citing a "hostile environment", just as the country takes on the EU's presidency.

Romanian engineer who saved churches during communist era dies

Bucharest - Engineer Eugeniu Iordachescu, who devised an ingenious method to save Romanian churches threatened with destruction during the communist era, has died aged 89, the Romanian Patriarchy announced Sunday.

Five things to know about Romania

Bucharest - Romania, which took over the EU's rotating presidency on Tuesday for the first time since it joined the bloc in 2007, is a former communist country with a population of 20 million.

Romania politics: a tug-of-war between two powerful men

Bucharest - For the past two years, politics in Romania -- which takes over the EU's rotating presidency on January 1 -- has effectively been a tug-of-war between the country's two most powerful men.

Romania takes EU helm amid tensions with Brussels

Bucharest - Romania takes over the EU's rotating presidency on Tuesday at a tumultuous time for the bloc and just days after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker voiced doubts about the country's ability to do the job.

Romania adopts 'greed tax' despite investor concerns

Bucharest - Romania's left-wing government on Friday issued a controversial emergency ordinance imposing new taxes on banks and energy companies, despite an outcry from investors.

Romania slams EU ahead of taking rotating presidency

Bucharest - Leaders of Romania's left-wing ruling majority on Sunday accused the European Union of "discriminatory" treatment, two weeks before the eastern European country takes over the bloc's rotating presidency.

Incoming EU president Romania aims to join euro 'by 2024'

Bucharest - Romania hopes to adopt the euro "by 2024" and wants to use its forthcoming EU presidency to reduce tensions between the bloc's eastern and western members, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said Wednesday.

Romania consecrates giant Orthodox cathedral

Bucharest - Tens of thousands of worshippers attended the consecration Sunday of a massive new Orthodox cathedral in Bucharest, amid criticism that public funding for the project could be better used to pay for hospitals and schools in one of the EU's poorest memb...

'Picasso' stolen in Rotterdam possibly found in Romania

Bucharest - One of seven paintings stolen six years ago from a museum in The Netherlands as part of a spectacular art heist may have been found in Romania, the public prosector in Bucharest said Sunday.

Romania could challenge Russian grip on Europe's energy

Bucharest - Romania, one of the EU's poorest members, could emerge as an unlikely challenger to Russia's iron grip on eastern Europe's energy supply thanks to vast oil and gas reserves waiting to be tapped, experts say.

Romanian prosecutors say at risk from new work requirements

Bucharest - Romanian prosecutors said they feared for their jobs and the rule of law after a new government ordinance increasing the years of professional experience required of them was published Tuesday.

Romania court says penal code changes unconstitutional

Bucharest - A number of changes to Romania's penal code recently pushed through by the ruling Social Democratic Party are unconstitutional, the country's highest court ruled Friday in a severe blow to the government.
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