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Romania to hold presidential elections in November

Bucharest - Romania will hold presidential elections in November, the prime minister announced Tuesday, with the ruling Social Democrats still reeling from poor EU election results and its leader being jailed for corruption.

Romania, Hungary trade barbs after scuffles at war cemetery

Bucharest - Romania and Hungary traded barbs Friday after scuffles broke out at a cemetery in Transylvania, amid tensions between Romanian nationalists and the region's minority ethnic-Hungarians.

Romanian president urges govt climbdown on justice reforms

Bucharest - Romanian president Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday called on the ruling left-wing government to back down over controversial judicial reforms that had triggered strong criticism and threats of sanctions from Brussels.

Romanians welcome pope who praises 'sacrifices' of emigrants

Bucharest - Romanians lined Bucharest streets and packed two cathedrals on Friday to welcome Pope Francis, who began a three-day trip to the country with a message of integration for a post-election European Union following nationalist gains.

Romania's ruling party reels from double blow

Bucharest - Romania's ruling Social Democrats, or PSD, held crisis meetings Tuesday after a disastrous 48 hours that saw them thrashed at the polls and their leader sent to jail.

Romania's ruling party strongman begins jail sentence

Bucharest - Romania's ruling party strongman Liviu Dragnea began a three-and-a-half-year jail sentence on Monday for corruption as his party grappled with a crushing defeat in the European elections.

Top jobs on the line in Europe's 'Game of Thrones'

Sibiu - EU leaders embarked the delicate task of filling key European posts Thursday, launching a diplomatic "Game of Thrones" sure to be filled with feuds, betrayals and last minute plot twists.

Europe rejects Iran 'ultimatum' but stands by nuke deal

Sibiu - European powers denounced Iran's threat to resume nuclear work on Thursday but vowed to save a landmark deal with Tehran despite US pressure.

EU leaders sideline euro divisions at summit on future

Sibiu - EU leaders meeting in a mountainous city in Romania on Thursday will discuss the future of Europe, but the fate of the euro will be mostly ignored.

EU meets for job tussle under shadow of Iran

Sibiu - European leaders are meeting in Romania on Thursday to start the race for the top jobs in Brussels and sketch a future without Britain, as the fate of the Iran nuclear deal teeters in the balance.

Romania court lifts travel ban on ex-anti-graft chief

Bucharest - Romania's High Court on Wednesday revoked special measures introduced against magistrate Laura Codruta Kovesi, a hot favourite to become EU's first-ever top prosecutor, who last week was indicted on corruption charges."My appeal was admitted.

Residents split on future of Romania's trash heap 'time-bomb'

Cluj-napoca - The towering heap of rubbish at the Pata-Rat landfill in western Romania has been condemned as an "environmental time bomb" but for many of its neighbours, this putrid mountain of refuse is a livelihood -- one they want to protect from closure.

Favourite for top EU fraud job charged in Romania over graft

Bucharest - Romanian magistrate Laura Codruta Kovesi, a hot favourite to become the EU's first-ever top prosecutor, has been indicted on corruption charges, a judicial source told AFP.

Romanian president calls for referendum over justice reforms

Bucharest - Centre-right Romanian President Klaus Iohannis called Thursday for a referendum to be held on the left-wing government's controversial proposed justice reforms, which he himself opposes.

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.
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