A group of prominent members of Romania's governing Social Democrats (PSD) on Wednesday made available to the public a letter in which they call for the resignation of PSD leader Liviu Dragnea both as party head and as speaker of the House. They speak of a "crisis situation" and a need to avoid "international isolation" and urge the leadership of the party to discuss their request. For his part, Dragnea dismissed the move as a "game" in the benefit of intelligence services and President Klaus Iohannis.
Romanian Justice minister Tudorel Toader has nominated Adina Florea, a prosecutor from the city of Constanta, for the chair of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA), a key body in the fight against corruption. If accepted, Florea would take over a position previously held by Laura Codruta Kovesi, who has gained massive international support but also the hate of the governing Social Democrats.
The plenary of the European Parliament will organise a debate in early October on the violence that flared at the massive anti-government protest in Bucharest on August 10 this year. The initiative of the debate belongs to the Greens, who have also called for a debate in February on the changes the governing coalition in Bucharest applied to the laws of justice.
A group of Romanian schools associated with Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen announced on Thursday that six teachers of Turkish origin were retained "through violence" in the Republic of Moldova. Moldovan media also quoted the Service of Intelligence and Security (SIS) that seven foreign citizens, suspect of links to an Islamic group, had been expelled from the country. This comes as the Gulen movement has been the target of repeated attacks of the Turkish authoritarian regime of Recep Erdogan especially since the failed coup d'etat in 2016.
Romanian Foreign minister Teodor Melescanu reacted on Thursday to accusations made by EU Commissioner Guenther Oettinger, who has said Romania, Poland, Hungary and Italy were acting to weaken the European Union. Melescanu said that the statement is not covered by facts and thar Romania remains one of the most pro-European EU member states.
The recent derailments of two top officials of Romania's governing Social Democratic Party (PSD) inflict serious damage on German-Romanian relations and the lack of action by the Romanian government in this regard means it accepts them, says the chairman of the EU Affairs Committee in the German Bundestag, Gunther Krichbaum, in answers to HotNews.ro questions. He says he Romanian presidency of the EU Council next year seems to fail before it even starts and warns that German investors are deterred by developments in Romania.
Some 50,000 people joined a new evening of anti-government protests in Bucharest on Saturday, a day after riot police forces violently ended a similar demonstration organised by Romanians working abroad. This time around, the protest was peaceful with no major incident, despite authorities failing to provide proper explanations for the way they used violence against harmless protesters a night before.