Romania

Thousands join anti-government protests in Romania over proposed law reforms

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Thousands of Romanians rallied in Bucharest and cities across the country on Sunday to protest against government plans to decriminalize some offences and pardon some convicted prisoners through emergency decrees that critics say threaten to undermine a crackdown on high-level …

Europe

Romania Tops EU Honey Market But It's A Bitter-Sweet Affair

A new report from the European Commission shows that Romania has increased its honey production enough to become the European Union’s largest producer of the sweet stuff.<p>In 2015 Romania produced 35,000 tonnes of honey, compared to 20,000 in 2014. The second and third largest EU producers are Spain …

Europe

Romanian nightclub fire sends dozens to hospitals

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - A fire broke out in a nightclub in the Romanian capital Bucharest early on Saturday morning, resulting in more than 40 people being taken to hospital.<p>No deaths were reported. Doctors said one person was in serious condition, while most of the victims suffered from smoke …

World News

The Coolest and Most Beautiful Cities in Romania

I’ve checked out and lived in several cities in Romania in the three months I’ve been traveling there. They aren’t as well known as their Western …

Travel

Romania moves against fight against corruption, tensions involving intelligence services intensify​

<b>The Romanian government is expected to adopt an emergency ordinance on Wednesday to change criminal law in a serious way, governmental sources have</b> …

Corruption

Roaming Romania in Ramada Hotels

One of the tidbits of info stored in my my mental travel files is a presence of Ramada Hotels in 8 different cities around Romania. Not being too …

Travel

Romania intel officer retires amid corruption case link

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A senior Romanian intelligence official announced his retirement Tuesday after a businessman indicted on wide-ranging corruption charges claimed he had a close relationship with the officer.<p>Florin Coldea, the No. 2 in Romania's main domestic intelligence agency for 12 …

Corruption

Keeping Alive a Haven for Yiddish Culture in Modern Romania

She added with a smile: “This thought has lasted for 36 years now.”<p>BUCHAREST, Romania — Just a few minutes on foot from the bustle of downtown Bucharest, the State Jewish Theater, down a small side street in the Romanian capital, cuts a forlorn figure.<p>Yet the theater is one of the few vestiges of …

The Arts

Don't weep for Trump's press victims, Europe has its own despots to worry about

Donald Trump’s bizarre press conference was a stark reminder of just how belligerent the President-elect is and how toxic his relationship with media has become. Trump is an unstable narcissist, and a duplicitous bigot, but will he adopt at least a modicum of presidential dignity in office? Or is …

Journalism

Romania’s no 2 spy suspended over scandal

The deputy chief of Romania’s intelligence service Florian Coldea was suspended from his job yesterday (12 January) over alleged links with a …

European News

Fitbit Takes A Punt On Romanian Watchmaker

The first smartwatch developed by a Romanian team has been acquired for an undisclosed price by US wearables giant Fitbit, less than two years after it came to market in 2015.<p>Leading up to its exit Vector Watch, the “affordable luxury” smartwatch which boasts a 30-day battery life, carved a niche …

Technology (UK)

Romania's corruption fight is a smokescreen to weaken its democracy

Turning a blind eye to this abuse of power risks encouraging other European nations to follow its example<p>The recent rise of the populist right in Hungary and Poland has raised the alarm about the future of democracy in Europe, as constitutional safeguards, media pluralism and civil society come …

Corruption

Romania turns down emergency energy request from Bulgaria

Bulgaria has made a request for the urgent supply of electricity from neighbouring Romania. But Bucharest refused, as consumption has peaked in both …

Bulgaria

Romanian state 'blamed' for attempted kidnap of businessman's wife on London street

The wife of a British resident fighting plans to extradite him to Romania on “unfounded” corruption charges has accused its government of attempting to kidnap her from a London street.<p>Adriana Constantinescu has spoken for the first time of the moment two masked men tried to drag her into a car …

London

Age-old questions: Why Romanians are caring for Italy's elderly

The largest immigrant population is proving to be a source of cheap home care providers.<p>In Europe, support is dwindling for a swelling elderly …

Italy

Romania seeks World Heritage status for Transylvania village in gold mine row

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Romania has asked the United Nations to make a Transylvanian village boasting 18th century houses and intact Roman mining shafts into a World Heritage site in a surprise 11th hour move that could protect it from a gold mine project.<p>The request to list Rosia …

Romania official seeks to overturn anti-corruption law

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian official has petitioned the Constitutional Court saying a law banning people with convictions from serving as ministers is unconstitutional.<p>Thursday's move came amid concerns that the new left-leaning government may seek to slow down Romania's anti-corruption …

World News

Court issues warrant for the arrest of missing Romanian investor Sebastian Ghita

Romania’s High Court of Cassation and Justice issued yesterday a warrant for the arrest of former MP <b>Sebastian Ghita</b>, who is investigated for …

Investing

Romania's parliament approves tax relief for pensioners

Romania's lower house of parliament on Thursday approved tax breaks for pensioners, making good on a government promise to loosen fiscal policy as the economy picks up pace.<p>Under the measures that will come into force next month, state pensions below 2,000 lei ($470) a month will be free of tax and …

Greece

Romanian ombudsman challenges law banning convicted officials from government

Romania's ombudsman asked the Constitutional Court on Thursday to strike down a law that bars people convicted of a criminal offence from joining the government, a move that could help the leader of the ruling party to become prime minister.<p>The 2001 law prevented Liviu Dragnea, leader of the …

Europe

Photos of Romanians Having Their Homes Blessed by Priests

<i>This article originally appeared on VICE Romania.</i><p>Every year close to the Christmas holidays, my grandmother would call the priest to her home, so he could bless it in time for the celebration of the birth of baby Jesus. She would call him again every time she redecorated for additional blessings. …

Christianity

Romania's parliament approves left-leaning government

The new premier has vowed to create a "normal Romania" by raising the minimum wage, creating infrastructure and discouraging emigration. But the opposition claimed the government was unable to govern in "a European way."<p>Romania's parliament on Wednesday approved a left-leaning government led by the …

Government

Romania’s new coalition wins parliamentary approval

Romania’s parliament has approved a new left-leaning coalition government in a vote of confidence ending weeks of uncertainty over who would lead the country.<p>The vote split was 295 to 133. The coalition has an outright majority following the Dec 11 election.<p>The Social Democrats (PSD) are back in …

Europe

Romania's leftist government of PM Grindeanu wins vote of confidence

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's Social Democrat-led government of leftist Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu won a vote of confidence by a comfortable margin in parliament on Wednesday, marking the grouping's return to power after a one-year break.<p>The new cabinet which has outright majority in the …

World News

Romanian White Bean Dip – Fasole batuta

<i>A creamy, garlicky, vegan white bean dip, topped with delicious tomato-paprika onions, Romanian fasole batuta.</i><p>Happy New Year!!!!<p>And with the new year …

Food & Dining

Muslim woman passed over as Romania's PM named deputy

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian economist who had been poised to become the country's first female and Muslim prime minister was offered a job as deputy premier Tuesday after the country's president declined to nominate her for the top government job.<p>Liviu Dragnea, chairman of the Social …

UK News

Romania's leftist Social Democrats name ministers in new government

Romania's ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD), winner of a Dec. 11 parliamentary election, named government ministers on Tuesday, including veteran lawmaker Viorel Stefan for the finance ministry portfolio.<p>The line-up will be rubber-stamped in a vote on Wednesday in parliament, where the PSD and its …

Europe

Romania – Sweden freight service to launch

EUROPE: Samskip and Rail Cargo Group are to launch a rail freight service during January linking Curtici near Arad in western Romania with major …

Sweden

Romania’s new government begins naming ministers

Romania’s governing Social Democrat Party (PSD) has begun naming its ministers.<p>The line-up will be rubber-stamped in a vote in parliament on Wednesday, where the PSD and its junior coalition party ALDE have a solid majority of 250 deputies out of 465.<p>ALDE has four portfolios in the new …

Europe

Romania: 48 Iraqis discovered in truck carrying chocolate

BUCHAREST, Romania – Romanian border guards have discovered 48 Iraqi citizens hidden away in a truck that officially was transporting boxes of chocolate.<p>Border police at the Danube port of Giurgiu on the Romanian-Bulgarian border said they discovered 22 men, 9 women and 17 minors including a young …

Immigration