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Romania sets big fines for drivers of ride-hailing services

May. 16, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Romanian government has issued an emergency decree ramping up steep fines for drivers of ride-hailing services like Uber and Taxify. The decree taking effect Thursday fines drivers transporting people in their car without a valid taxi license up to $1,175 (1,050 euros) already...

EU leaders commit to unity despite major divisions

May. 9, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

SIBIU, Romania (AP) — Despite the impending departure of Britain, the remaining European Union countries committed Thursday to stick together "through thick and thin" to emerge as a stronger world power after years of internal divisions. "The world doesn't sleep," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said as 27...

The Latest: Romanian soccer hero scores again for EU's Tusk

May. 9, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

SIBIU, Romania (AP) — The Latest on the European Union summit in Romania (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Not everybody comes with gloves to a European Union summit, but European Council President Donald Tusk could not resist. At least, they weren't boxing gloves. While in Romania, where EU leaders held a...

EU 'stands united' behind Cyprus over Turkish drilling bid

May. 9, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

SIBIU, Romania (AP) — The European Union "stands united" with Cyprus, a top official from the bloc said Thursday, after the Cypriot president blasted Turkey's bid to drill for gas in waters where the east Mediterranean island nation has exclusive economic rights as a "new invasion." European Council...

Romanian political spat comes to the fore at EU summit

May. 9, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

SIBIU, Romania (AP) — Romania's long-running political turmoil was on stark display once more Thursday, as its president criticized some of his country's politicians for "attacking European institutions" and undermining its standing in the European Union. Romania, which currently holds the EU's rotating...

Romanian justice minister resigns after losing party support

Apr. 18, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — 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...

Former Romanian leader to face crimes against humanity trial

Apr. 8, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Former Romanian President Ion Iliescu is to be tried for crimes against humanity for his role in the country's bloody 1989 anti-communist uprising, Romania's top prosecutor said Monday in announcing the conclusion of a judicial investigation. Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar said...

Romanian leader rejects concerns about legal changes

Apr. 4, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's prime minister on Thursday rejected calls by ambassadors from 12 countries, including the United States and Germany, to refrain from amending laws on fighting crime and corruption by decree. According to local reports, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said ambassadors "do...

Top European official backs high-profile Romania prosecutor

Mar. 29, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The European Parliament chief has offered his support to a former top Romanian prosecutor who has been banned from leaving the country or talking to journalists as part of a probe. The Romanian body that investigates prosecutors and magistrates announced the restrictions Thursday...

Romania premier lauds benefits of new gas pipeline

Mar. 29, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's prime minister says a number of European countries need to diversify energy sources to lessen dependence on Russian gas. Ahead of a meeting of Balkan leaders, Premier Viorica Dancila said a planned gas pipeline pumping Romanian gas from the Black Sea to Bulgaria, Hungary...