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17 Oct 17

Romania Snubs Push to Honour 1848 Uprising

A proposal by Romania's ethnic Hungarians to honour March 15 as the anniversary of the 1848 Hungarian uprising against Austria has drawn a cool response from Romanian parliamentarians.  

16 Oct 17

Moldova MPs Push to Make Romanian Official Tongue

Moldovan MPs are moving to change the constitution to replace the Moldovan language with Romanian, despite opposition from pro-Russian president.

16 Oct 17

Migrant Surge Complicates Romania’s Schengen Plans

Romania’s new place on the migration route to Western Europe is hindering its plans to join the passport-free Schengen zone – despite support from the European Commission. 

13 Oct 17

Romania PM Forces Three Ministers to Quit

At the behest of Prime Minister Mihai Tudose, Romania’s ruling Social Democratic Party has endorsed the resignations of three ministers, allm of whom face allegations of wrongdoing.

13 Oct 17

Moldova Faces Dilemma After EU Cuts Funds

Moldova risks facing political and economic difficulties, experts say, after the European Union stopped aid to the country, citing a lack of reforms to the judicial system. 

13 Oct 17

Romania Denies Blocking Brexit Negotiations

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday dismissed claims that Bucharest was blocking the Brexit negotiations over concerns about the large number of Romanians now living in the UK. 

12 Oct 17

Moves to Change Romanian News Agency Alarm Critics

Media freedom experts in the country say plans to change the operations of Agerpres, giving parliament more control, pose a threat to its independence.

11 Oct 17

Number of Romanians, Bulgarians Working in UK Soars

New figures show the number of workers from the two Balkan countries in the UK has risen by 80 per cent since 2014.

11 Oct 17

Putin Vows to Help Moldova Solve Transnistria

Russia's Vladimir Putin told Moldova’s President on Tuesday that Moldova has to align its stances more with Moscow's, if it seeks closer trading links and help in solving the Transnistria dispute.

11 Oct 17

Romanian PM Mulls Govt Reshuffle

Romania’s Social Democrats are dealing with a fresh round of cabinet tensions after Prime Minister Mihai Tudose revealed that he wants to fire ministers being investigated for graft in what could become a "mini-reshuffle". 

10 Oct 17

Romania's Flirtation With Visegrad States Alarms Experts

Experts warn Romania’s Social Democrat-led government against growing too close to the Visegrad Group states, saying their illiberal image and policies conflict with Romania's key foreign policy objectives.

09 Oct 17

NATO Inaugurates New Black Sea Force in Romania

NATO on Monday inaugurated a new multi-national brigade-sized force, headquartered in Romania and designed primarily to counter Russia's increased threat to Southeast Europe following its intervention in Ukraine. 

03 Oct 17

Handcuffs Protest Targets Romanian Ruling Party Leader

Social Democratic Party leader Liviu Dragnea, who is to stand trial for alleged corruption, was greeted at the Supreme Court in Bucharest by protesters waving handcuffs.

02 Oct 17

Catalan Clashes Expose Usual Splits in Balkans

The heavy-handed attempts of the Spanish police to stop a Catalan referendum on independence on Sunday from taking place exposed predictable divisions in the Balkans.

29 Sep 17

Balkan States Rank Poorly in Governance Index

New index from Germany’s Bertelsmann Stiftung lumps Balkan states near the bottom of 41 countries in terms of good governance.


05 Oct 17

Catalonia’s Independence Push Echoes Across Balkans

The Spanish region’s bid for independence has reverberated across the Balkans, which has a history of separatism and where some regions harbour similar ambitions.


16 Oct 17

Romania ‘No longer Europe’s poor Man’, Guardian Says

Leading UK paper says Romania is fast shrugging off its negative image as the economy and IT sector power ahead, despite continuing problems of corruption.

Culture and Lifestyle

13 Oct 17

Ancient Croat Community Keep Traditions Alive in Romania

The Croat President’s recent visit to Carasova in Romania put the spotlight back on a tiny, ancient community whose exact origins are lost in the mists of time.