Thousands protest in Romania over planned amendments to criminal legislation

Carmen Simion in Bucharest January 19, 2017

Plans for pardons and redefinition of some offences to be a step backwards in Romania’s drive to fight corruption.

Deputy head of Romanian intelligence service resigns amid political scandal

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest January 18, 2017

Pressure now on Romania's anti-corruption chief Kovesi after allegations of links to foreign security service made by fugitive businessman.

Romania’s construction sector under-performs as government cuts public projects

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest January 16, 2017

Construction index dragged down by slump in civil engineering works, despite boom in residential segment.

Deputy head of Romanian intelligence services suspended as political scandal unfolds

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest January 13, 2017

Internal investigation launched into fugitive businessman Sebastian Ghita's claims of foreign influence over DNA.

Moscow sees threat from new US military deployment in Central Europe

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2017

US begins biggest deployment in Europe since the end of the Cold War to reassure Nato states bordering Russia.

Accusations fly over drop in Romanian budget revenues

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest January 10, 2017

Newly elected PSD's promises to hike spending now in doubt after revenues slump in December.

Romanian president slams plans for amnesty bill

Carmen Simion in Bucharest January 8, 2017

Amnesty bill reportedly under consideration by ruling PSD to be catastrophic setback for anti-corruoption fight, President Iohannis warns

COLCHIS: Nato’s return on investment

Michael Cecire of New America January 6, 2017

Trump appears to have little sense of Nato’s history or purpose. It was formed not merely as a military bulwark against an aggressive Soviet Russia, but as part of a positive agenda to secure and expand a liberal, democratic space.

Romania’s president accepts PSD’s second nomination for PM

bne IntelliNews January 1, 2017

President Klaus Iohannis' decision averts further political tensions, after he rejected the first PSD candidate.

Political uncertainty in Romania after president rejects PM nomination

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest December 27, 2016

Ruling PSD has already said it will not propose another candidate and hints at plans to impeach President Iohannis.

Bratislava and Kyiv cheapest cities to enjoy Christmas cheer, survey finds

bne IntelliNews December 23, 2016

A survey has produced a “Christmas Price Index” that shows Bratislava and Kyiv to be the two most affordable capitals in the world to enjoy Christmas shopping, eating, drinking and entertainment.

A decade on, Romania and Bulgaria assess their roles in Europe

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest December 22, 2016

The two countries are still seen as the “poor relations” of the EU, but that is starting to change, at least for Romania, thanks both to its booming economy and the changing dynamics within the bloc.

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