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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.

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.
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