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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.

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12 Oct 15

UK-Based Romanian Tipped for Literary Stardom

Global fame and fortune await Transylvanian-born Eugen Chirovici as top-name publishers compete for his latest novel.

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04 Sep 15

Rattle, Mehta, Star at Romanian Music Festival

This year's George Enescu Festival in Romania is bringing some world famous music stars to Bucharest, including the composers Simon Rattle and Zubin Mehta and the pianists Elisabeth Leonskaja and Yuja Wang.

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17 Jul 15

Romanian Music Festival Trades Tickets For Blood

Music fans are being encouraged to donate blood in exchange for cheaper tickets to a festival in the Transylvanian city of Cluj.

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03 Jul 15

Corvinus Castle Hosts Opera Festival in Romania

The former home of the great warrior king Matthias Corvinus in Hunedoara in southern Transylvania is hosting one of the largest open-air opera festivals in Europe.

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19 Jun 15

Theatre Festival Turns Romanian City Into Stage

The Sibiu Theatre Festival, which ends on Monday, has been luring tens of thousands daily to performances from 70 countries all over the world.

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11 Jun 15

Dinosaur Park Opens in Transylvania, Romania

The largest dinosaur park in southeastern Europe is to open in the former medieval citadel of Rasnov in Romania.

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21 May 15

Czech Theme at This Year's Bucharest Book Fair

Bookfest, Romania’s largest book fair, has opened in Bucharest with a Czech flavour this year - but the fair takes place in a country where interest in reading seems to be fading.

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19 May 15

Five Balkan Countries Competing in Eurovision

Performers from only five Balkan countries are competing in this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna - whose semi-finals get underway this week.

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14 May 15

VAT Cut Helps Romanian Publishers Turn a Page

Buying - and reading - books is on a sharp decline in Romania - where the government now plans to reverse the trend by lowering VAT on the publishing industry.

Politics and Society

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04 Feb 16

Romania Lifts Immunity of Ex-Minister Oprea

Parliament voted on Wednesday to lift the immunity of former deputy prime minister Gabriel Oprea, accused by prosecutors of abuse of power.

Business

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05 Jan 16

New Year Tax Cuts Take Force in Romania

Romania has started new year 2016 with some important - but potentially risky - tax cuts, including a significant drop in VAT.