Romania: Protests of laws viewed as lax on graft renewed
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — More than 10,000 people on Sunday participated in another round of protests against Romanian legislation that critics say would make it harder to punish high-level corruption.
Leading Romanian automobile industry official dies
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Constantin Stroe, a leading figure of Romania's automobile manufacturing industry, has died. He was 74.
Automobile Dacia chief executive Yves Caracatzanis said that Stroe "wrote the history of the Romanian automobile for 48 years." Dacia is part of the French Renault group.
Romanian PM tries the tieless look ahead of a national vote
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Romanian prime minister's tieless look has become a talking point before the parliamentary election, applauded by some, but also a reason for disapproval in the conservative Eastern European country.
Dacian Ciolos, is the first prime minister, after Petre Roman, a university professor who played a key role in Romania's 1989 revolution, to provoke public debate for not wearing a tie in formal public appearances.
Romania: TV chief summoned over PM interview that didn’t air
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Romanian Parliament summoned the head of the country's public television company on Monday to explain why an interview with the prime minister was not broadcast as advertised, amid criticism that it wasn't aired for political reasons.
Gigel Stirbu, who chairs parliament's Committee for Culture, Arts and Mass Information Means, said TVR chief executive Irina Radu was invited to clarify why the interview with Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos didn't air Sunday.
Romania: police protest to demand retirement at 60
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — More than 1,000 police officers, some dressed as Santa Claus, have staged a noisy protest in the Romanian capital demanding they be allowed to retire at 60.
Police officers massed in a central square where Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos and other government members have their offices on Tuesday and banged cymbals and drums. A few stuck on white beards pretending they were Father Christmas, to emphasize the age issue.
Romanians celebrate 95th birthday of their last king
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanians on Tuesday celebrated the 95th birthday of their former king, Michael, the nation's last sovereign and one of the last surviving heads of states from the World War II era.
Romania: technocrat PM agrees to be candidate for Liberals
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The leader of Romania's Liberal Party says the prime minister has agreed to be the party's candidate for premier ahead of parliamentary elections.
Securing the agreement of Dacian Ciolos, a technocrat, is a boost for the Liberals. They are projected to come in second in Dec. 11 parliamentary elections after the Social Democratic Party, which is not expected to win a majority.
Romania to hold parliamentary election on Dec 11
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's government says the country will hold a parliamentary election on Dec. 11, and it will facilitate voting for Romanians living abroad.
Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, who heads a government of technocrats, said Wednesday the government would permit voters to vote electronically or by mail. And there will be more, smaller voting stations abroad for voters.
The Latest: Romania to hold day of mourning for quake dead
AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — The Latest on Italy's devastating Aug. 24 earthquake (all times local):
Romania's prime minister has proposed that the country holds a day of mourning for the 11 Romanians who died in the earthquake in Italy as he visited the area to comfort the families of the victims.
Premier Dacian Ciolos toured the quake-devastated area on Tuesday and later attended a state funeral for dozens of victims of the Aug. 24 temblor.
Romania: 6 gov’t officials on embezzlement charges
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors say six senior interior ministry officials have been indicted on suspicion of embezzlement and making false statements.
Prosecutors said Monday they had indicted Rares Vaduva, head of an intelligence agency subordinated to the Interior Ministry, and five former senior officials from the same department for allegedly abusing ministry funds, abusing their position and making false statements.
Romanian PM: EU talks with Turkey must continue
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's prime minister is urging the European Union to keep up its dialogue with Turkey in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt there last month.
Premier Dacian Ciolos on Saturday called for the EU and Turkey to "maintain the dialogue." He said Turkey had a key role in security and stability in the Black Sea region and especially the flow of migrants toward the 28-nation EU.
Romania champion of Moldova’s EU ambitions, premier says
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Romania's prime minister says his country is a champion of Moldova's drive to join the European Union, in remarks before a visit to the ex-Soviet republic.
Premier Dacian Ciolos said Wednesday that "Romania is and will remain a tireless supporter of Moldova's European perspective," praising recent economic reforms made by Moldova's government, which wants to join the EU.
Criticism of lavish funeral for Anne of Romania
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The presidents of Romania and Moldova on Wednesday paid their last respects to Anne of Romania at a 19th-century royal castle amid some criticism about the grand royal funeral.
President Klaus Iohannis presented his condolences Wednesday at the Peles Castle in the mountain resort of Sinaia, where the wife of deposed king Michael is lying in state. Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti later paid his respects, shaking hands with the couple's oldest...