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Romania's president blasts government over corruption report

Jul. 10, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's government is ignoring the will of its own citizens by not adopting anti-corruption recommendations made by a European anti-graft body, the country's president said Wednesday. President Klaus Iohannis said that it was "extremely worrying" that Romania was still in the...

Correction: Trump Fundraiser Probe story

Jul. 9, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story July 8 about a federal grand jury investigating top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, The Associated Press erroneously reported when leaked emails showed an attorney for Broidy's security firm Circinus resigned after expressing alarm to company executives about corruption...

Romania lags in preventing public corruption, watchdog says

Jul. 9, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A European anti-graft body says Romania has made "very little progress" in efforts to prevent high-level corruption. The Council of Europe's corruption monitoring division said in a report published Tuesday that Romania has complied fully with four of 13 recommendations for...

Romanian government survives no-confidence vote by lawmakers

Jun. 18, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's government has survived a no-confidence vote by lawmakers, as opposition parties did not gather enough support in parliament for their motion to oust Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. Two hundred lawmakers voted Tuesday against the coalition led by the Social Democrats,...

Moldova crisis sparks calls for EU help in ending tensions

Jun. 12, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — The ongoing political crisis and power struggle in Moldova sparked urgent calls for help Wednesday from the European Union to end the tensions. The president of neighboring Romania, Klaus Iohannis, warned in a letter to the European Council President Donald Tusk and European...

The Latest: Salvini says populists will control 150 EU seats

Jun. 8, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on elections for the European Parliament (all times local): 3 p.m. The leader of Italy's right-wing League Party, Matteo Salvini, calculates that populist and nationalist parties will control at least 150 seats in the new 751-seat European Parliament. Votes were still coming in...

Pope urges Romanians to work together to confront challenges

May. 31, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Pope Francis opened a three-day pilgrimage to Romania on Friday by delivering a new appeal for unity, 20 years after St. John Paul II made the first-ever papal visit to a majority Orthodox country. Francis referred to that historic trip during his opening speech before Romanian...

Romania ruling party boss gets 3½ years in prison for graft

May. 27, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — 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...

No election fever in Romanian village thriving with EU funds

May. 24, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

LUNCAVITA, Romania (AP) — In 2014, the Romanian village of Luncavita had one of the lowest voter turnouts in the country for the European Parliament election — all of 19.3%.  But the southeastern village has increasingly figured out how to draw in exceptional amounts of European Union money for...