BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian leader says country not ready for EU presidency

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania’s president said Monday his country isn’t ready to take over the European Union’s rotating presidency on Jan. 1 and called for the government to step down. President Klaus Iohannis said “things have gone off the rails,” and that there was “a political necessity to replace the government,” which he called “an … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian leader says country not ready for EU presidency

BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian ex-prison chief who tortured inmates dies in jail

BUCHAREST, Romania  — Alexandru Visinescu, a Romanian communist-era prison guard serving a 20-year sentence for crimes against humanity, died Monday in prison at 93, Romanian authorities said. Visinescu was the first prison guard from the early years of communism to go on trial in Romania. He became a national symbol of the Communist era’s brutality … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian ex-prison chief who tortured inmates dies in jail

BUCHAREST, Romania | Romania: Weak voter turnout voids gay marriage referendum

BUCHAREST, Romania — A referendum aimed at putting same-sex marriage further out of reach in Romania was invalidated Sunday after a quick tally showed too few voters cast ballots, election officials said. The weekend vote on a constitutional amendment that would have changed the definition of family to make marriage a union between a man … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romania: Weak voter turnout voids gay marriage referendum

BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanians vote on putting gay marriage ban in constitution

BUCHAREST, Romania  — Two days of voting on a constitutional amendment that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage is underway in Romania. A conservative group initiated the referendum being held on Saturday and Sunday, and the influential Romanian Orthodox Church is backing it. The proposed amendment would revise the definition of family in … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanians vote on putting gay marriage ban in constitution

BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian official: US can help Eastern EU members develop

BUCHAREST, Romania — A Romanian official said Monday that the U.S. needs to have a strong presence in Eastern Europe before a summit on boosting development in the region. Romania’s presidency hosts the 12-member Three Seas Initiative on Sept. 17-18 where officials will discuss about 40 regional government-approved projects that aim to boost interconnectivity in … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian official: US can help Eastern EU members develop

Romanians, royals turn out in big numbers for king’s funeral

BUCHAREST, Romania / December 16, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — Tens of thousands of Romanians joined European royals on Saturday to pay their respects to late King Michael as a state funeral got underway. Michael, who ruled Romania twice before being forced to abdicate by the communists in 1947, died at age 96 in Switzerland this month. … Continue reading Romanians, royals turn out in big numbers for king’s funeral

BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian govt move against prosecutors draws criticism

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania’s government passed an emergency ordinance Monday requiring prosecutors in key agencies to have more years of experience — a move that prosecutors say would hamper current investigations and force some anti-corruption prosecutors from their jobs. The move came on the same day that Justice Minister Tudorel Toader nominated a candidate to … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian govt move against prosecutors draws criticism

BUCHAREST, Romania | US, EU and China vie for influence in Eastern Europe

BUCHAREST, Romania— President Donald Trump on Monday reaffirmed Washington’s support for a business summit that aims to boost connectivity in Eastern Europe and improve ties between the region and the U.S. and European Union. But the West is not the only major player in the region. Shortly before European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and U.S. … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | US, EU and China vie for influence in Eastern Europe