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22 Feb 17

Amnesty Report Raps Balkans Countries for Rights Abuses

Amnesty International's new global report takes Balkan countries to task mainly for disrespecting the rights of minorities, migrants and journalists.

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20 Feb 17

Romanian Ministers Probed Over Controversial Decree

Although Romania's government has now scrapped the controversial decree decriminalizing official misconduct, the anti-graft watchdog continues to investigate whether the drafting of the decree involved corruption. 

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18 Feb 17

Romanian Activists Call New ‘Children’s Demonstrations’

After the government threatened to investigate parents who took their children to anti-corruption rallies in Bucharest, activists defied them by announcing they will hold new demonstrations with their youngsters.

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14 Feb 17

Corruption Referendum Unlikely to Stop Romanian Protests

Although Romania’s politicians have agreed to hold a public vote on fighting corruption, the end is not in sight for the huge anti-government protests that followed attempts to weaken graft laws.

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10 Feb 17

Soros Foundation Blames Attacks on 'Illiberal Governments'

As campaigns targeting NGOs linked to US philanthropist George Soros continue in the Balkans, Laura Silber - of Open Society Foundations - said illiberal governments were trying to divert the public from the real issues.

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08 Feb 17

Balkan Video Satirists Poke Fun at Trump

Bosnia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and Macedonia are the latest to join a craze for YouTube videos in which countries ask US President Donald Trump to put them ‘second’ - a satirical swipe at his ‘America first’ slogan.

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07 Feb 17

Romanian Protests Inspire Activists Across Balkans

The echo of the huge anti-graft protests in Romania is being heard all over the Balkans, where opposition politicians and civic activists hope to capture a similar spirit of defiance.

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06 Feb 17

Romania Protesters Keep up Pressure on Govt

Protests in Romania are continuing a day after the cabinet repealed its controversial corruption decree - and after well over half a million people took to the streets on Sunday.

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04 Feb 17

Romanian Govt to Scrap Anti-Graft Decree Amid Protests

Romania’s Prime Minister announced his cabinet would repeal a new decree that relaxed anti-corruption legislation, as massive protests continued to rock the country.

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04 Feb 17

Romania PSD Chief Hints at Scrapping Controversial Decree

As protests entered a fifth day, Romania's Social Democrat leader, Liviu Dragnea, said he would advise the Prime Minister to abandon plans to relax anti-graft laws that have caused turmoil in the country.

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03 Feb 17

Romania Braces for Weekend of Anti-Corruption Protests

After Romania’s biggest demonstrations in decades, more rallies against the government’s decision to relax anti-corruption laws are planned for the weekend after the prime minister refused to back down.

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02 Feb 17

Huge Anti-graft Protests Leave Romania in Turmoil

After over 300,000 people protested across Romania against the decision to relax anti-graft legislation, the European Commission's vice-President has urged the government to reconsider.

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01 Feb 17

Protests Continue After Romania Relaxes Corruption Law

An emergency decree approved by Romania’s Social Democratic government reducing the penalties for corruption sparked protests and prompted angry reactions from the president, opposition and magistrates.

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01 Feb 17

Freedom House Highlights Threats to Balkan Democracies

A new report from watchdog Freedom House warned that deterioration in the rule of law, rising nationalism and continued corruption is worsening the democratic outlook in some Balkan countries.

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01 Feb 17

Roma ‘King’ Offers to Build Trump’s Mexico Wall

In a letter to US President Donald Trump, the self-proclaimed ‘international king of the Roma’, Dorin Cioba, suggested that Roma workers could build the controversial wall on the Mexican border. 

Premium

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08 Feb 17

Protests Expose Deep Rift in Romanian Society

While massive street protests have traumatised the ruling Social Democrats, experts say the discontent reveals something wrong at a structural level with Romanian political parties in general.

08 Feb 17

Russia Never Went Away from the Balkans

20 Jan 17

Birth of Trump Era Divides Balkan Countries

20 Jan 17

Balkan States Eye Their Prospects in Trump Era

13 Jan 17

NATO Ignoring Balkan Tensions, Experts Warn

Business

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24 Oct 16

Bulgaria, Romania Still Hope Canada Lifts Visas

While a Belgian region holds up the EU’s CETA deal with Canada, Romanians and Bulgarians hope to end visa requirements with Canada regardless of the outcome.

16 Jun 16

Romania’s Economic Recovery Comes at a Cost

Culture and Lifestyle

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02 Jan 17

Balkans Celebrates NYE with Spectacular Firework Shows

Cities across the Balkans rang in the New Year with grand firework displays and family friendly music concerts, welcoming 2017 in style.

31 Oct 16

Dracula Legend Lures Halloween Fans to Romania

24 Aug 16

‘Game of Thrones’ Star to Visit Romania

15 Aug 16

Insiders’ Guide: Hidden Gems of the Balkans