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27 May 16

Romanian Film Festival Honours Sophia Loren

Italian film legend Sophia Loren will be the special guest at the largest international feature film festival in Cluj, Romania, to pick up the festival's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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23 May 16

Romanians Query Drive to Buy Brancusi Sculpture

The sculpture at the heart of Romanian identity faces an uncertain fate, as some people question whether spending so much public money on one artwork is a good idea.

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11 May 16

Two Romanian Movies Bid for Top Cannes Prize

Romanian film-making is represented at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 by five movies, two of which have been selected for the main competition.

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19 Apr 16

Romania Faces Eurovision Exit over €10m Debt

Romania could be excluded from this year’s Eurovision song contest because its cash-strapped public TV channel owes the European Broadcasting Union over 10 million euros.

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15 Apr 16

Feud Over Foreigners Splits Romanian Opera

Squabbles over artistic direction - and over the high-profile role of foreigners in the company - have left the Romanian National Opera in disarray.

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18 Mar 16

Romania Battles to Buy Back Brancusi Sculpture

Romania say it is willing to pay 11 million euro to buy a sculpture by the famous Romanian-born artist Constantin Brancusi, which has been the subject of a long legal battle.

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11 Mar 16

Romanians Get to See Ceausescu’s Luxury Pad

The vast private residence of Romania's late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu is opening up to the public for the first time.

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24 Feb 16

Collapsing Churches Cause Dismay in Romania

The collapse of two Medieval church towers in Transylvania has put the spotlight on the parlous state of the country's ancient heritage.

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08 Feb 16

Romanian City Makes Most of Tarzan Link

The Romanian city of Timisoara is boosting its profile by popularising the connection to local boy Johnny Weissmuller - who starred in the famous Tarzan movies of the 1930s.

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05 Feb 16

Ceausescu’s Palace Opens up to Virtual Tours

Visitors can now enjoy inside tours of Romania's Palace of the Parliament, the second largest building in the world, without having to leave home

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31 Dec 15

Ring in the New Year Balkan Style

New Year’s Eve in the Balkans means music, fireworks, food, and more music in city squares under the stars.

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30 Dec 15

Romania's Ice Hotel Opens Despite Winter Warmth

December’s mild weather in Romania has not stopped the country’s only hotel made of ice from opening - and from starting to chill its guests.

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08 Dec 15

Romanian Government Urged to Save Cinemas

Renowned Romanian film-maker Cristian Mungiu asked the government to renovate existing movie houses or open new ones to reverse a trend which has seen increasing numbers of cinemas shut.

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20 Nov 15

Romania Fair Booms in Tough World For Books

This year's Gaudeamus international book fair in Bucharest looks set to attract huge numbers - in spite of the fact that almost 40 per of Romanians no longer read any books at all.

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30 Oct 15

Transylvania's Rise Holds Risks for its Heritage

As Lonely Planet includes Transylvania among its best destinations for next year, local experts say the rushed restoration of its churches is doing more harm than good.

Politics and Society

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15 Jul 16

Romanian Prisoners Protest About Poor Conditions

Prison protests spread across Romania this week as inmates expressed their dissatisfaction with poor conditions, despite efforts to reduce overcrowding over the past decade.

Business

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23 Jun 16

Gulf Group to Build Oil Recycling Plant in Romania

The Emirates Chemie-Tech DMCC group will set up an oil recycling plant in southeastern Romania, the first of its kind in the region.

16 Jun 16

Romania’s Economic Recovery Comes at a Cost

12 May 16

Refinery Seizure Threatens Romania-China Deal