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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 apologizes for history of discrimination against Roma

Jun. 2, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

BLAJ, Romania (AP) — Pope Francis apologized Sunday to the Roma ethnic minority for their history of discrimination in Europe and paid homage to Romanian Catholics persecuted during communist rule as he wrapped up his third and final day with a message of forgiveness. Francis reached out to the minorities...

Pope braves rain-soaked mountain roads for Transylvania Mass

Jun. 1, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

MIERCUREA CIUC, Romania (AP) — Pope Francis braved a rain-soaked, twisting drive through the mountains of Transylvania on Saturday to visit Romania's most famous shrine, urging Romanian and ethnic Hungarian faithful to work together for their future. Storms forced Francis to change his travel plans and add...

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...

Bosnian war-crimes suspect detained in Romania

May. 29, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian police say they have detained a man suspected of war crimes committed in 1992, during the wars in the former Yugoslavia. Police from the regional department in the Black Sea port of Constanta said Wednesday that Zoran Stojcic, a 57-year-old with dual Swedish-Bosnian...

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...

Romanians vote overwhelmingly to back anti-corruption effort

May. 27, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanians have voted overwhelmingly in support of anti-corruption initiatives in a referendum called by the country's president. According to data released Monday by the Central Electoral Bureau, 80% of voters cast ballots in favor of two questions in the referendum seeking to...

Romanian ruling party leader Liviu Dragnea sentenced to 3 ½ years in graft case

May. 27, 2019 7:36 AM EDT
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian ruling party leader Liviu Dragnea sentenced to 3 ½ years in graft case.