Romania ruling party boss gets 3½ years in prison for graft

World 05/27/19, 14:17

Romania's most powerful politician was sentenced Monday to 3½ years in prison for official misconduct in a graft case.The jail time for Liviu Dragnea, party leader of the ruling Social Democrats, came after a conviction last year for having two party members paid by a public agency for fake jobs.According ...

Romanian justice minister resigns after losing party support

Europe 04/18/19, 11:35

Romania's justice minister says he is resigning after losing the support of the governing Social Democratic Party.Tudorel Toader says in a statement Thursday he decided to present his resignation to Prime Minister Viorica Dancila despite declaring hours earlier that he would stay in his post.Toader's downfall was seen as linked ...

Romanian court delays appeal decision in graft conviction

Europe 04/15/19, 11:06

A Romanian court has postponed until May 20 its decision on an appeal by the country's most powerful politician against his 3 ½ year prison sentence for official misconduct in a graft case.A few supporters of Social Democratic Party leader Liviu Dragnea scuffled with police Monday outside the courthouse as ...

Romania official at odds with EU, won’t attend key EU event

Europe 01/10/19, 06:41

The chairman of Romania's ruling party, who has clashed with the European Union over the government's approach to fighting high-level corruption, is expected to miss events Thursday marking Romania's six-month presidency of the bloc.Liviu Dragnea, Romania's most powerful politician, won't be attending as European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European ...

5 things to know about Romania’s EU presidency before Jan. 1

Europe 12/28/18, 09:19

Romania will take over the rotating presidency of the European Union on Jan. 1 from Austria. The role is partly symbolic but does involve setting the EU agenda and being a diplomatic go-between to reach consensus among the 28 members on issues ranging from Brexit to fishing rights. Here are five ...

Romania government faces censure vote over judicial overhaul

Europe 12/20/18, 07:13

Romania's Social Democrat government on Thursday, Dec. 20, faced a no-confidence vote over a contentious judicial overhaul that opposition politicians said has harmed the rule of law and democracy in this European Union member nation. Ahead of the vote, Premier Viorica Dancila told lawmakers she would not comment on the overhaul ...

6 Romanian ministers fired as party leader seeks more power

Europe 11/19/18, 09:50

Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party fired six ministers on Monday as the beleaguered party chairman sought to tighten his grip on the government.Social Democrat chairman Liviu Dragnea has come under fire for his management style and corruption convictions, but has vowed to continue as party leader even though he can't ...

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