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europe-must-respond-to-threats-to-liberal-values-07-25-2017
25 Jul 17

Europe Must Respond to Threats to Liberal Values

As the crisis over the judiciary in Poland has shown, the EU must be more vigilant in defending values that both member states and candidate countries seem determined to test.

romania-s-vanishing-forests-leave-villages-in-peril-07-06-2017
10 Jul 17

Romania’s Vanishing Forests Leave Villages in Peril

Illegal logging continue to devastate Romania, leaving villages exposed to floods and landslides, while environmentalists and activists blaming corruption and weak penalties for the problem.

turmoil-shakes-romania-s-anti-graft-watchdog-07-05-2017
06 Jul 17

Turmoil Shakes Romania’s Anti-Graft Watchdog

The National Anti-Corruption Directorate, DNA, is caught between internal bickering and external attempts to discredit its work - which experts fear could undermine the fight against corruption in general. 

economic-storm-clouds-hover-over-romania-07-03-2017
04 Jul 17

Economic Storm-clouds Hover Over Romania

After weeks of political turmoil, companies and investors in Romania now face growing uncertainty and a fiscal overhaul that risks putting the country’s recent economic gains in jeopardy.

romania-s-reagan-square-builds-on-balkan-tradition-06-29-2017
30 Jun 17

Romania’s Reagan Square Builds on Balkan Tradition

The Romanian capital is continuing the Balkan tradition of naming landmarks after US Presidents as Bucharest City Hall votes to inaugurate Ronald Reagan Square next to the government building.

romania-s-ex-president-eyes-comeback-in-moldova-06-27-2017
27 Jun 17

Romania’s Ex-President Eyes Comeback in Moldova

The election of Romania’s former president Traian Basescu as leader of a pro-Romanian party in Moldova on Sunday has given hope to pro-Romanian unionists – and worries Moldova’s pro-Russian President. 

romanians-top-filmmakers-fight-for-reform-06-23-2017-1
23 Jun 17

Romanian Top Filmmakers Fight for Reform

Hopes of comprehensive change to the film industry – deemed vital for this flourishing field - have suffered another blow after Romania’s parliament withdraw the reform legislation.

romania-s-looming-political-crisis-threatens-its-budding-economy-06-16-2017-2
20 Jun 17

Romania’s Political Turbulence Threatens Economic Growth

By the end of this year, Romania is set to become the largest economy in the Balkans - but experts warn that if political instability continues, it will struggle to maintain the current momentum.

romania-s-ruling-party-pushes-own-govt-to-quit-06-14-2017
14 Jun 17

Romania’s Ruling Party Pushes Own Govt to Quit

In a highly unusual development, Romania’s governing Social Democratic Party is trying to oust its own government - as a feud between the party chief and the PM worsens.

romania-must-confront-hungarian-nationalist-demands--06-08-2017
12 Jun 17

Romania ‘Must Confront Hungarian Nationalist Demands’

Budapest is taking an increasingly aggressive line over the rights of ethnic Hungarians living in Romania, yet Bucharest seems unwilling to tackle the issue head on.

inside-guide-to-the-balkans-secret-wonders-06-06-2017
06 Jun 17

Inside Guide to the Balkans’ Secret Wonders

Scattered across the Balkans are stunning little gems of nature or human history that are well worth making a detour to visit.

moldova-s-troubled-govt-acts-tough-by-expelling-russians-05-31-2017
01 Jun 17

Moldova’s Troubled Govt Acts Tough by Expelling Russians

The dramatic expulsion of five Russian diplomats looks like a bid by the faltering, unpopular pro-EU government to impress Brussels - and humiliate the pro-Russian President, Igor Dodon.

romania-wage-hike-bill-worries-eu-local-experts-05-29-2017
30 May 17

Romania Wage Hike Bill Worries EU, Local Experts

A bill designed to harmonize public-sector pay is on the fast track towards adoption in Romania – but the announced wage hikes have alarmed economists, the EU and local unions alike. 

balkan-states-struggle-to-meet-nato-benchmark-05-26-2017
26 May 17

Balkan States Struggle to Meet NATO Benchmark

While NATO states have all confirmed their commitment to boosting defence spending to 2 per cent of GDP, for most Balkan countries, that represents a challenge.

move-to-publish-intelligence-files-divides-romania-05-22-2017
22 May 17

Move to Publish Intelligence Files Divides Romania

Plans to declassify secret files that belonged to the Justice Ministry have caused a dispute - with some claiming they should be destroyed as they contain forgeries and inaccuracies.