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Romania: thousands attend pro-government rally.

BUCHAREST, Romania " Thousands of people turned out for a pro-government rally in southern Romania, hoping to boost the popularity of the center-left government following massive anti-corruption protests.Braving pouring rain,...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Romania: thousands attend pro-government rally.

BUCHAREST, Romania — Thousands of people turned out for a pro-government rally in southern Romania, hoping to boost the popularity of the...

- - US

Thousands attend pro-government rally in Romania.

Thousands of people turned out for a pro-government rally in southern Romania, hoping to boost the popularity of the center-left government following massive anti-corruption protests

- The Daily Star - LB

East Europeans leaving U.K. since Brexit vote.

Migrants from eight Eastern European countries are increasingly leaving Britain after the Brexit vote but the number arriving from Bulgaria and Romania has jumped, official data released Thursday showed.

- The Daily Star - LB

CALENDRIER du 27 février au 05 mars 2017.

European Commission - Commissioners' weekly activities Brussels, 24 February 2017 Déplacements et visites   Lundi 27 février 2017 Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council Mr Frans Timmermans receives a delegation of members of the Senate of Romania.

- EU - EU

European MPs To Call On EC To Reinstate Visa Regime for US Citizens.

European deputies might call on the European Commission to reinstate the visa regime for US citizens, reported The purpose is to encourage Washington to abolish visas required for the citizens of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania. Recently, the group of Socialists and Democrats in the European ...

- Novinite - BG

Academy's Anti-Emigration Plan Shocks Romanian Students.

A proposal in Romania to compel students to work in the country after they graduate has angered the student community, reminding some of the notorious provisions of the communist era.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Omg, that is, like, sooo 2007... Retromania set to grip this year's MWC.

Can Nokia and BlackBerry save us from this 'turgid sea of sameness'? Analysis Hold the front page! Nokia's launching a bunch of new phones this weekend, and everyone is very excited.…

- TheRegister - UK

Bulgarian, Romanian Migration to UK Hits Record High.

While immigration overall to the UK dropped to its lowest for the past two years in 2016, the number of Romanians and Bulgarian migrants to Britain reached an all-time high of 74,000 people. 

- Balkan Insight - UK

Warimpex selling five hotel assets in Poland.

Vienna and Warsaw Stock Exchange-listed developer and investor Warimpex has sold its stakes in a total of eight hotels in the Czech Republic, Poland and Romania to the Thai developer and investor U City for a combined €180 million. Five Polish assets – andel's by Vienna House Łódź, andel’...

- Warsaw Business Journal - PL

Transnistria's economic woes present Moldova with opportunity.

Moldovan media reports that the country could take advantage of Transnistria's uncertain future and bring the disputed territory back under its control. But Chișinău insists that it would rather remain neutral. EURACTIV Romania reports.

- EurActive - UK

Rise in Eastern Europeans leaving UK since Brexit vote

Migrants from eight Eastern European countries are increasingly leaving Britain after the Brexit vote but the number arriving from Bulgaria and Romania has jumped, official data released today showed.

- EurActive - UK

EUR 285 million from IPA funds for cross-border cooperation

A total of EUR 284 million from EU's IPA funds cross-border cooperation will become available to Serbia by 2020. This concerns cooperation with Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Macedonia, Croatia and two transnational program of cooperation – the Danube program and the Adriatic-Ionian program.

- B92 - SK

More east European migrants leaving UK after Brexit vote

MIGRANTS from eight eastern European countries are increasingly leaving Britain after the Brexit vote but the number arriving from Bulgaria and Romania has jumped, official data released yesterday showed. Data from the Office for National Statistics also showed that in the year ending in September 2016, net migration ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

Romania: 1,300 officials prosecuted for graft last year

BUCHAREST, Romania " Nearly 1,300 officials were sent to trial last year in Romania in corruption cases with damages amounting to 260 million euros , the country's chief anti-corruption prosecutor said ThursdayLaura...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Romania's huge protests cause rifts among families, friends

BUCHAREST, Romania — Video editor Mihnea Lupan lives just around the corner from his mother, but their views on the massive anti-corruption...

- - US

Romania: 1,300 officials prosecuted for graft last year

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania's chief anti-corruption prosecutor says nearly 1,300 officials were sent to trial last year in corruption cases...

- - US

Adopted Romanian orphans 'still suffering in adulthood'

Despite being adopted by caring UK families in the early 90s, the mental scars are often visible.

- BBC - UK

Gboard for iPhone gets an upgrade

In May  2016, you first met Gboard, our app that let you search and send information, GIFs, emoji and more, right from your keyboard. In July, Gboard went global. And today we're upgrading your Gboard experience on iPhone by adding access to 15 additional languages, Google Doodles, new emoji, and—by popular ...

- The Official Google Blog - US

Adopted kids see long-lasting effects of Romanian orphanages

LONDON " Romanian children adopted from overcrowded orphanages in the 1990s were more likely to suffer psychological problems as adults compared to other children taken in by British families, according to a decades-long study.Doctors...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Globalworth to be Renault's new landlord in Romania

An Aim-quoted real estate firm is set to be the new landlord of one of carmaker Renault's largest distribution centres. Globalworth Real Estate Investments has agreed to pay €42.5m  for a Romanian warehouse that Renault currently leases to subsidiary Dacia.

- City AM - UK

Romania, the endless anti-corruption race

Romanians take to the streets in anti-government protests due to a proposed amendment to the country's anti-corruption legislation. But will this have any effect?

- EU Observer - EU

Visit to NATO by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania

NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Rose Gottemoeller will meet with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, Mr. George Ciamba, at NATO Headquarters on Wednesday, 22 February 2017.


First Express Train from Istanbul Arrives in Sofia

The first express train from the Turkish city of Istanbul arrived in Sofia on Tuesday after a nine-and-a-half-hour trip, reported Anadolu Agency. The head of passenger service in Istanbul with Turkish State Railways commented that the state-of-the-art express train with four cars will run every day. "There will be a lot of ...

- Novinite - BG

Romanian parliament buries controversial corruption decree

The Romanian parliament voted on Tuesday to abandon a controversial ordinance that decriminalised official misconduct if the financial damage amounted to less than €44,100. The decree, seen as a way for politicians from the ruling Social-Democratic Party to avoid convictions, had triggered mass protests in January and ...

- EU Observer - EU

Vodafone's M-Pesa transactions reach record 614 mln in Dec

Vodafone Group said a record 614 million M-Pesa transactions were processed during December 2016 as the global operator marked its 10th anniversary. During 2016, the service processed around 6 billion transactions, peaking in December 2016 at 529 transactions every second. Vodafone now offers M-Pesa services in ten ...

- Telecompaper - NL

Romania's Relentless Turmoil Puts its Stability at Risk

The wave of protests and counter-protests in Romania could have damagong long-term consequences both for people's trust in politics and for the economy, experts warn.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Romania's have-a-go heroes fight corruption

Romanian architect Serban Marinescu never thought he'd come up against such brazen corruption. And when a city mayor demanded a backhander, he plucked up his courage and reported him.

- EurActive - UK

New 130 meters long krill fishing vessel to operate in Antarctica

Aker Bio Marine has signed a contract with Vard shipyard to design and construct a modern krill fishing vessel that will operate in the Antarctic. The ship, which is 130m-long, 23m-wide, will be also equipped with environmentally friendly technologies. The hull of the vessel will be built by Vard's Tulcea, Romania, ...

- MercoPress - FK

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. 

- Balkan Insight - UK

It is time to remove the stamp of corruption from Romania

The fight against corruption, so highly supported by Brussels, has become a witch-hunt with prosecutors, judges, the secret services and the president all protecting their business interests, writes Norica Nicolai.

- EurActive - UK

ZYX Target launches operations in Romania

IT company ZYX Target has launched its office in Romania and started working with three biggest local database wholesalers in the country, the company said, adding that it expects PLN 6 million income per annum from the local activity.

- Warsaw Business Journal - PL

Manslaughter victim's family criticises sentence

The family of a Romanian man stabbed to death in Dublin two years ago has strongly criticised the sentence imposed on his killer at the Central Criminal Court today.

- RTE - IE

Edward Maya concert in Karachi 'posptponed' after Sehwan attack

Singer left for Romania right after the Sehwan attack The post Edward Maya concert in Karachi 'posptponed' after Sehwan attack appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Why Romania erupted in protest

Current anger over corruption laws can be traced back to a night-club fire in 2015, when many died because of lax safety standards. Romanians then realised that corruption can kill.

- EU Observer - EU

Romanian Crisis Tests European Values

Bucharest rejects any suggestion that its recent efforts to reform the penal code were a breach of European values. However, few inside or outside Romania are buying that, writes Simon Nixon.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Why Romania erupted in protest

A night-club fire in 2015, when many died because of lax safety standards, made Romanians realise that corruption can kill.

- EU Observer - EU

Afghan training goes back to basics as Trump faces U.S. troop decision

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - At a recent, at times chaotic live-fire exercise near NATO's military base in Kandahar, Romanian army Master Sergeant Liviv Sandulache's advice to the assembled Afghan officers was simple: "I don't want anybody to do any job without your command."

- Reuters - US

French voters protest corruption amid troubled campaign

PARIS " French activists are demonstrating against corruption amid a presidential campaign marked by a fake jobs investigation and other legal scandals.Inspired in part by the weeks of anti-corruption that have rocked Romania,...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Romania's lesson in public integrity

Since early February, tens of thousands of people in Romania have held almost daily protests against corruption in many cities. This persistent and peaceful outcry on Romania's streets for honest governance began after the ruling party tried to roll back anti-corruption efforts that have already led to thousands of ...

- Yahoo! News - US

We don't BeLiviu': how Romania is rising against corruption

Night after night, activists gather in Victory Square to demand the resignation of the government. For much of the year, the large tarmac square in front of the main government building in Bucharest is little more than a glorified roundabout, busy with traffic and surrounded by towering, communist-era blocks on one side and ...

- New Statesman - UK

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.

- Balkan Insight - UK

The week's best photojournalism

Members of a carnival group dance during the Llamadas parade in Montevideo, Uruguay. | Valentine's Day in Bucharest, Romania. | Rumor, a German shepherd and winner of Best in Show at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, is fed steak at Sardi's in New York. | Ethnic Miao people perform a dance during a local festival ...

- The Week - US

EU welcomes Romania's repeal of graft decree, offers help for jails

The European Commission yesterday welcomed as a "very good step" the decision of the Romanian government to repeal a decree that would have decriminalised graft, and offered Bucharest assistance and funds to improve the country's prisons.

- EurActive - UK

Romania: The second fall of Ceausescu

The 2017 protests in Romania mirror the 1989 ones. They both brought down a corrupt kleptocratic order.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Four Foreigners Die In Hungary Mass Accident

Two Turkish males, a Romanian man and a Bulgarian woman died in a pile-up on Hungary's M43 motorway near Nagylak border station, in the south-east, on Wednesday morning, local police reported. Another 15 people were injured in the crash in which two Romanian trucks, a Romanian bus, two Hungarian and two Bulgarian vans ...

- The Budapest Sun - HU

U.S. Says Russia Buzzed its Warship in Black Sea

Russian planes buzzed a United States warship in the Black Sea as it was conducting NATO exercises, American officials said. Russian officials denied that they had done anything aggressive but still criticized the presence of U.S. ships in the sea, indicating that U.S.-Russia military tension is continuing even under the ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Germany, Romania and the Czech Republic deepen defence ties

Today , Defence Ministers from Germany, Romania and the Czech Republic signed arrangements to deepen defence ties. As part of this, the Czech Republic's 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade and Romania's 81st Mechanized Brigade will work closely with Germany's 10 Armoured Division and Rapid Response Forces Division.


Commission refers Romania to the Court of Justice of the EU over illegal landfills

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 15 February 2017 The European Commission is taking Romania to the Court of Justice of the EU for its failure to close and rehabilitate 68 illegal landfills, which represent a serious risk for human health and the environment.

- EU - EU

Live long and protest: the power of mass action is alive in Romania

At the beginning of this month, the biggest mass protest in Romania since the fall of communism in 1989 unfolded across the country. Hundreds of thousands of people in the capital, Bucharest, and every major city in Romania took to the streets against a decree that would have decriminalised abuses of public office. After a ...

- Greenpeace - INT