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12 Oct 16

Romania’s Social Democrats Struggle to Reform

The Social Democratic Party remains the main political force in Romania, but its future hangs on party unity and attracting new members.

19 Sep 16

Klaus Iohannis: The President Who Promised to Clean Up Politics

Romania’s first ethnic-minority president was elected on an anti-corruption platform but critics say Iohannis is yet to deliver on his campaign pledges.


16 Sep 16

NATO Faces New Challenges on Eastern, Southern Flanks

NATO’s Deputy Secretary General tells BIRN that the alliance is facing up to new challenges, as the crackdown on government opponents in Turkey and tensions between the West and Russia continue.

31 Aug 16

Laura Codruta Kovesi: Romania’s ‘Mrs Justice’

As the chief prosecutor tasked with fighting widespread corruption in Romania, Kovesi has made her mark by bringing in the big scalps.

19 Aug 16

Dacian Ciolos: Romania’s Technocratic PM

Designated prime minister for a one-year term only, Ciolos will struggle to meet expectations on tackling corruption and stimulating economic growth.

15 Aug 16

Insiders’ Guide: Hidden Gems of the Balkans

Visiting the Balkans this summer? Get off the beaten track and visit some of the region’s lesser-known beauty spots.

11 Aug 16

Romania Finally Tackles its Plagiarism Plague

After numerous embarrassing cases of high-level plagiarism, Romania is at last getting to grips with the problem.

05 Aug 16

Balkan Athletes Ready to Wave Flags in Rio

Ahead of the 2016 Olympics Parade of Nations set for August 5, Balkan athletes are getting ready for the ceremonial opening march when they will proudly carry their countries’ colours.

27 Jul 16

Making a Killing: The 1.2 Billion Euro Arms Pipeline to Middle East

An unprecedented flow of weapons from Central and Eastern Europe is flooding the battlefields of the Middle East.

27 Jul 16

Arms Exports to Middle East: A Question of Legality

Human rights and arms experts believe some of Central and Eastern Europe’s weapons trade with Saudi Arabia, the region’s principal supplier of weapons to Syria, is likely breaking international law. 

12 Jul 16

Bulgaria Gets its Teeth Into the Vampire Market

Romania may be the homeland of Dracula - but some Bulgarians insist they have a few vampires of their own, and are keen to market the potential.

28 Jun 16

Bulgarians, Romanians Face Uncertainty after Brexit

Bulgarian and Romanian economists and politicians are downplaying concerns over the effects of UK’s decision to quit the EU - while many migrants from the countries say they are determined to stay in Britain.

28 Jun 16

Black Sea Flotilla Fiasco Worsens Region’s Tensions

Bulgaria’s refusal to join Romania, Turkey and Ukraine in a Black Sea naval patrol has created new tensions in the region and has raised sensitive questions about their security priorities.

16 Jun 16

Romania’s Economic Recovery Comes at a Cost

It is forecast to have one of the fastest-growing economies in Europe this year - but underlying weaknesses continue, and the average Romanian has yet to see real benefits.

17 May 16

Romania Licks its Wounds as Daimler Turns Elsewhere

Romania’s failure to attract a sought-after investment by the German car giant is being blamed on poor infrastructure and the lack of a skilled workforce.