EU voices concern as Romania moves to block prosecutor

Europe 02/14/19, 10:03

Prosecutors applying for the post of European chief prosecutor must be treated fairly, the European Commission said Thursday, after Romania moved to block one of its own nationals.Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said Brussels is following the case closely adding it is crucial that candidates put forward by an independent selection ...

Romania recognizes Guaido as Venezuela interim president

Europe 02/08/19, 06:52

Romania's president has officially recognized Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president almost a week after other European Union countries recognized him.President Klaus Iohannis said Friday that Romania had decided to join other EU countries and allies in recognizing Guaido partly because Bucharest currently holds the EU's rotating presidency. Iohannis, in ...

Romania detains Italian man who posed as plastic surgeon

Europe 02/06/19, 15:05

Romanian police on Wednesday detained an Italian man who allegedly posed as a plastic surgeon in clinics around Bucharest, doing dozens of operations including breast implants.Border police detained Matteo Politi on a train on the Romanian-Hungarian border early Wednesday after an alert went out and he was brought to Bucharest. ...

EU: Future member states must hold democratic elections

Europe 02/01/19, 08:36

The European Union's foreign policy chief says would-be member states from the former Soviet Union must hold free and fair elections to be eligible for future membership.Federica Mogherini was referring to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia who signed association agreements with the EU in 2014, amid sharp criticism from Russia.She said ...

Belgium urges US to continue nuclear talks with Russia

Europe 02/01/19, 04:48

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders says he hopes the United States will work closely with Russia to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons after it pulls out of a key Cold War-era missile treaty. The Trump administration is poised to announce that it is withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty ...

Iran says US-sanctions workaround by EU soon to be announced

Europe 01/31/19, 07:38

Iran's deputy foreign minister says he believes European Union nations soon will announce they've created a program for Iran to continue trade there and avoid re-imposed U.S. sanctions.Abbas Araghchi told Iranian state television by telephone on Thursday that he expected the program, known as the "special purpose vehicle," to be ...

NATO chief: China must treat arrested Canadians fairly

Europe 01/31/19, 04:55

NATO’s chief has called on China to treat detained two Canadian citizens “fairly and with due process.” Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday he was following the situation of the Canadians detained in China in December “with concern,” in his first public comments about the case. He called on Beijing to address the ...

NATO chief urges Russia to comply with missile pact

Politics 01/30/19, 13:32

NATO's secretary-general has urged Russia to respect a Cold War-era missile treaty saying its missiles are nuclear capable and could reach European cities. Jens Stoltenberg said in Bucharest on Wednesday that Russia was violating the treaty and had "developed and deployed new intermediate range missiles," which were "hard to detect, mobile." The ...

Pliskova to lead Czechs in Fed Cup after Kvitova pulls out

Tennis 01/30/19, 11:30

Karolina Pliskova will be the top player for defending Fed Cup champion Czech Republic in its first-round meeting with Romania, after Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova pulled out.Pliskova lost in the Australian Open semifinals this month to Naomi Osaka, who then defeated Kvitova in the final.Katerina Siniakova, who won both ...

European Union presidency to back Macedonia accession talks

Europe 01/28/19, 09:37

The European Union presidency says it will back Macedonia to open accession talks after it reached a deal to change its name.Romanian European Affairs Minister George Ciamba said Monday he wanted negotiations to start for Macedonia in June at a meeting of EU ministers.Romania, which currently holds the bloc's rotating ...

Juncker says political feuding may mar Romania EU presidency

Europe 01/11/19, 08:00

A top European Union official has warned Romania that rancorous political feuding could overshadow its presidency of the EU. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday that domestically Romania needs "an atmosphere and spirit of consensus," because "pointless polemics could cause multiple problems internally and externally." Later, Juncker said he was reassured ...

PHOTOS: Romanian village holds Epiphany horse race

Europe 01/11/19, 05:15

Epiphany celebrations bring together hundreds of people in the Romanian village of Pietrosani for a day out in freezing temperatures that culminates in a bareback horse race across muddy, frozen or snowy fields.The horse race tradition started in the area more than a century ago, according to residents, and it ...

Juncker calls for extra push ahead of UK Brexit vote

Europe 01/11/19, 04:44

The European Union and Britain's prime minister are seeking new ways to avoid a no-deal departure of the U.K. from the bloc but the EU Commission president insists there cannot be a renegotiation of the draft Brexit deal.Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday that despite the difficulties of British Prime Minister Theresa ...

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 ...

Romanian engineer who saved churches from destruction dies

World 01/06/19, 10:40

Eugeniu Iordachescu, a Romanian civil engineer who devised an ingenious way to save 12 churches and many other historic buildings from being destroyed by the country's former Communist strongman, has died. He was 89.He died Friday from a heart attack and his funeral was being held Sunday, his daughter-in-law, Ligia ...

Despite pressure, Romanian president won’t fire prosecutor

Europe 01/04/19, 09:09

Romania's president on Friday refused a request from the justice minister to dismiss the county's top prosecutor, who has clashed with the government over its commitment to fight corruption.President Klaus Iohannis said he wouldn't fire Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar, a critic of a judicial overhaul that he and others say ...

Romania slams EU for treating it as ‘second-rate’ country

Europe 12/31/18, 04:10

Romanian officials have slammed European Union officials for treating it as "a second-rate" country as it prepares to take over the EU's rotating presidency on Tuesday.Signaling the fractious mood, a senior official of Romania's governing Social Democratic Party, blasted top EU officials including European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker."Romania is under ...

EU leader concerned about Romania holding bloc presidency

Europe 12/29/18, 10:37

The head of the European Union's executive branch has questioned whether Romania is ready for the political give-and-take of holding the EU presidency, though he says the country is "technically well-prepared" for the role.EU countries take turns occupying the presidency for six-month terms. The position involves setting the bloc's agenda ...

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 ...

Modric wins Balkan award ahead of Djokovic and Halep

Soccer 12/27/18, 08:04

Croatia soccer star Luka Modric has been chosen Balkan athlete of the year. Modric won the Champions League with Real Madrid and then guided Croatia to the World Cup final in July, where the midfielder was voted player of the tournament. He also won the prestigious Ballon d'Or for the first ...

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