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10/23/2017 04:24 PM
​​ANALYSIS Who's bylining Russian propaganda in Romanian media
The Russian propaganda in Romania has been carrying bylines for about an year. Until 2016, one could find the authors contributing to the distribution of Moscow's messages in local media by looking into several communities of online commentators, very few radio and TV channels and eventually, at the end of serious press investigations, behind anonymous conspiracy theory websites. These keep doing their thing, but they've been more recently joined by press people - especially since Russia's Romanian-language Sputnik outlet started to grow.

10/20/2017 04:50 PM
Government party's game of electoral seduction ends as hard attack starts in parliament for Great Liberation
The big economic lie of Romania's governing coalition is over. The main governing party, the Social Democrats (PSD) has dropped plans to increase pensions and salaries and switched to the invention of new taxes. PSD leader Liviu Dragnea no longer wants to buy the goodwill of the Romanians through populist measures, as he did at the beginning of the year, to anesthetize their critical sense of the destruction of Justice.  All that interests him now is his personal situation. Right now, as we speak, Dragnea and his men are attacking the Justice system in the Parliament - the only thing that interests him now. They have also set a public deadline: by the end of the year, the laws of justice must be massacred. This is Plan B.

10/18/2017 02:11 AM
Nobody should be above the law, US Embassy says following Romanian Parliament vote preventing corruption inquiry into prominent deputy
Parliamentary immunity should not be used to defend someone from taking responsibility for his actions and nobody should be above the law, US Embassy to Bucharest says in an answer to news agency Agerpres, following a controversial vote in the Romanian Parliament on Tuesday.

10/18/2017 02:03 AM
Romanian Constitutional Court head criticized by Supreme Council of the Magistracy for statements related to court decisions
The members of the Supreme Council of the Magistracy (CSM) on Tuesday criticized the statements made on a TV station by the President of the Constitutional Court (CCR) Valer Dorneanu, who talked about the decisions of the courts in which they would feel the political influence, CSM believing that this affects the independence of the judiciary, according to news.ro news agency.

10/18/2017 01:58 AM
​EXCLUSIVE What royalties will be paid by Exxon, OMV, Lukoil and other companies that will export Black Sea gas. Plus: how many Romanian employees they should have, what kind of approvals are needed and what fines are received by institutions that do not give the authorizations on time
​Companies exploring and exploiting oil and gas fields in the Black Sea will have a normal royalty regime, and will pay the quota currently provided in the law or in the contracts concluded with the Romanian state, according to a draft law adopted by the Government. The project consulted by HotNews.ro also states that these companies (already exploring in the BlackSea are Exxon, OMV, Lukoil) have to have at least a quarter of Romanian employees and have to get approvals from 9 institutions, including the General Staff of the Army and the Foreign Ministry.The draft was adopted by the Government last week and has already been sent to Parliament for debate and adoption.

10/17/2017 05:21 PM
Romanian deputies reject anti-graft body's request to pursue criminal inquiry against fellow MP in sensitive corruption case
Members of Romania's House of Deputies rejected on Tuesday a request by the National Anticorruption Department to approve a criminal inquiry against former minister Rovana Plumb, a deputy for the governing Social Democrats (PSD), in a major corruption case. Defending herself in Parliament, Plumb suggested the case was part of a campaign to "demonize" the PSD, while a fellow PSD deputy, Judicial Commission head Eugen Nicolicea, put up a report claiming that the law was not broken in any way.

10/17/2017 09:38 AM
Romanian opposition leader Orban: Government reshuffle is a joke / Liberals preparing censure motion
Ludovic Orban, the leader of Romania's main opposition party, the National Liberal Party (PNL), said on Monday that the reshuffle decided by the governing alliance last week was "a joke" and criticized the new nominees, announcing that the Liberals were still considering the submission of a censure motion, according to Agerpres news agency.

10/17/2017 09:32 AM
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe asks Romanian authorities to review criminal legislation as soon as possible and to support politically and financially the outstanding work of the National Anticorruption Directorate
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (APCE) has adopted Resolution 2188/2017- "New threats to the rule of law in member countries of the Council of Europe", according to Justiecurata.ro. Drafted by German Christian Democrat Bernd Fabritius as speaker, the resolution criticizes the situation in Romania, the Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria, Poland and Turkey. The resolution was adopted at the meeting of 11 October with 47 votes in favor, 7 against and 2 abstentions.

10/13/2017 02:43 PM
Who are the new ministers named in Romania government reshuffle
Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD) have decided on their proposals for three new ministers, in a government reshuffle sparked by a tensions between PSD leader Liviu Dragnea and PM Mihai Tudose. The new ministers are Paul Stanescu for Development Ministry, Felix Stroe for Transport Ministry and Marius Nica for European Funds Ministry.

10/13/2017 09:40 AM
​Romania governmnent expects reshuffle as govt party leadership passed difficult moment in power struggle between leader Dragnea, PM Tudose
Romania's governing Social Democrats are expected to make decisions on Friday on a a significant government reshuffle after the party accepted the resignation of several controversial ministers during marathon talks on Thursday night. The talks are seen as a blow for de facto party leader Liviu Dragnea, who is battling for power with prime minister Mihai Tudose.

10/12/2017 05:14 PM
Romanian President: An approchement between Romania and the Visegrad Group is not realistic
"We do not share the same views, in my opinion at this moment, an approchement between Romania and the Visegrad group is not realistic, not to mention that within the Visegrad group there are basically two camps that are increasingly divergent with regards to the future of the European Union,and the way things go in the EU in general," Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday.

10/12/2017 05:09 PM
Romanian President Iohannis questions Social Democrat's ability to govern, should current government fall
Romania's President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday that he would question the governing Social Democratic Party (PSD) ability to govern in case the current government would fall due to internal party struggle.

10/12/2017 10:19 AM
Who is, Mihai Busuioc, new head of institution that controls how public money is spent: A close friend of Liviu Dragnea, with hundreds of thousands of euros in his bank accounts
Mihai Busuioc, now secretary general of the Government, was appointed by Parliament on Wednesday as president of the Court of Accounts, the institution that controls how public money is spent in Romania. He replaces Nicolae Vacaroiu, whose 9-year term expires this month.

10/11/2017 09:03 AM
Romanian PM Tudose and governing party leader Dragnea send messages of dialogue and understanding amid deepening rift
The major disputes that ignited between Romanian PM Mihai Tudose and Liviu Dragnea, the leader of the governing Social Democratic Party (PSD), which ignited last weekend, left room for messages of dialogue on Tuesday. The two met during the afternoon and announced that a decision on a future government reshuffle would me made on Thursday. And while Tudose met President Klaus Iohannis for talks on the government party rifts, PSD officials suggested talks to aleviate the problems were under way.

10/11/2017 08:50 AM
Romania's National Audiovisual Council rejects license request for Iasi-based TV station RTR amid suspicions of links to Russian state propaganda
The National Audiovisual Council rejected on Tuesday a request from Iasi-based companyTelecontent Production companin Iasi for the RTR TV channel, after postponing a decision in this matter in August, as representatives of the audiovisual forum said for HotNews.ro

10/11/2017 08:32 AM
Bucharest Mechanical Plant and US General Dynamics Company signs a Memorandum of understanding for the production and delivery of armored vehicles
The Romanian Ministry of Economy and Romarm, through Bucharest Mechanical Plant, and the American company General Dynamics signed a memorandum of understanding and  a cooperation agreement on Tuesday, in the presence of Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Memorandum of Understanding sets out the preliminary guidelines for cooperation as well as future actions aimed at establishing a joint venture between Bucharest Mechanical Plant and US General Dynamics Company, which will produce armored vehicles for the Romanian Armed Forces, according to a government press release.

10/10/2017 10:16 AM
Romanian PM Mihai Tudose makes disputes with party leader Dragnea public. Details of reshuffling plans already appear
Romanian deputy prime minister Marcel Ciolacu would take over as Development minister after PM Mihai Tudose would oust incumbent minister Sevil Shhaideh, sources have told HotNews.ro. Shhaideh is one of the few ministers targeted for a government reshuffle of which Tudose spoke of in a TV interview on Monday night, suggesting major splits between him and the leader of the governing Social Democratic Party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea.

10/10/2017 09:14 AM
OPINION ​Has Social Democratic leader Dragnea's attack on Prime Minister Tudose started?
Four full months have yet to pass since Liviu Dragnea, the leader of Romania's governing Social Democrats, took down his own government, and he appears to have triggered the attack on incumbent PM Mihai Tudose, installed in the summer after the fall of his predecessor Sorin Grindeanu. All the information obtained by HotNews.ro and confirmed by several sources indicates that conflicts have broken out between the Dragnea and Grindeanu, and the last major reason for the dispute would be the PM’s refusal to sign the Constitutional Court intimation on the conflict between the state powers after National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) started the investigation into Belina case.

10/09/2017 05:37 PM
Report: Romanian Health minister Bodog plagiarized two-thirds of his PhD in economic sciences
Romania's Health minister Florian Dorel Bodog appears to have plagiarized 147 of the 232 pages of his PhD thesis in economics, entitled "Management and marketing of sanitary units", which he held at West University of Timisoara (UVT) in 2008, writes Romanian journalist Emilia Sercan for Pressone.ro. Minister Bodog reacted by saying that he complied with all the ethical and professional standards and that the suspect segments of his thesis were originally his, and he allowed them to be used in other educational papers.

10/09/2017 05:29 PM
Hungarian PM Orban: I managed to build a personal relationship with the president of Romania's governing party, and that seems to offer hope for the future
Hungarian PM Viktor Orban has spoken again about his closer relationship with the leader of Romania's governing Social Democrats, Liviu Dragnea. Asked by Radio Kossuth what progress has been made in the case of a high school for ethnic Hungarians in the Romanian city of Targu Mures, Orban said: "We have advanced a little in Romania because we have managed to build a personal relationship with the president of the ruling party, and that seems to offer hope for the future."