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25 May 15

Romanians Linked to HSBC Scandal Face Probe

The Romanian financial authorities are to investigate around 50 Romanians who held secret accounts in the Swiss arm of Britain's HSBC bank.

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25 May 15

Former Romanian Mayor Jailed For Land Swindle

A former mayor of a district of Bucharest has been jailed for corruptly handing out land to people who falsely claimed it had been seized from them by the former Communist regime.

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21 May 15

Romania Doubles Child Benefit to Boost Population

Romania's parliament has approved a 100-per-cent rise in the monthly child allowance in the hope of encouraging families to have more children.

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20 May 15

Romania Appoints First Muslim Woman Minister

Romania's new Regional Development minister, Sevil Shhaileh, an ethnic Turk, is the first Muslim woman to sit in the Romanian cabinet and is on charge of a major portfolio.

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20 May 15

Romania Tries to Sell Tax Cuts to IMF Visitors

An IMF and European Commission delegation is in Romania for talks on the government's planned tax cuts - which the international lenders view with some skepticism.

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19 May 15

Airbus to Build Helicopter Plant in Romania

The helicopter manufacturing division of Airbus Group is to produce Super Puma MK1 helicopters at a new plant near Brasov in Romania.

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19 May 15

Romanian President Blocks Changes to Penal Code

President Klaus Iohanis says he will not green light amendments to the criminal code as they are clearly intended to shield corrupt MPs from investigation.

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18 May 15

Romanian Government Drops Tax on Tips

The centre-left government in Romania has cancelled a tax on gratuities just two weeks after endorsing it, after running into opposition from the restaurant and taxi sectors.

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18 May 15

Romanian Minister Resigns After Fraud Conviction

Romania’s Regional Development Minister, Liviu Dragnea, has resigned after being given a one-year suspended prison sentence for electoral fraud.

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15 May 15

Romanian Leaders Trade Blows Over Logging

Romania's government and President are exchanging accusations over the crisis in the country's forests - which have been damaged by illegal logging.

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15 May 15

Moldova Expels Advocate of Union With Romania

Moldova has banned a Romanian citizen who champions the cause of reunification with Romania - of which Moldova was once a part.

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13 May 15

Romanian Penal Code Changes 'Shield Corrupt MPs'

Changes to the penal code - making it harder for prosecutors to temporarily place suspects in custody - have been criticised as an attempt to protect corrupt politicians.

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12 May 15

Romania Urges Common Front Against Cyber Menace

Countries from Central and Eastern Europe need to work with IT leaders in the US on curbing cyber attacks in the region, Prime Minister Poinra tells summit in Bucharest.

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11 May 15

Romanians Keep Faith With European Dream

The European project may be unpopular in some parts of the EU but around 65 per cent of Romanians believe that joining the European Union has brought their country benefits.

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11 May 15

Romanians Protest Over Illegal Logging

Thousands of people took to the streets acress the country, accusing the government of failing to tackle the problem of illegal logging which has damaged some of the country's important forests.

Business

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22 May 15

Romania, Bulgaria Back New Gas Pipeline

Four ex-communist countries have signed a declaration of support for the construction of a gas pipeline across all four states that will ease dependence on energy coming from Russia.

Culture and Lifestyle

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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.