Shattering Taliban attack in Kabul even as US deal nears
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban on Tuesday defended their suicide bombing against an international compound in the Afghan capital that killed at least 16 people and wounded 119, almost all...
Romanian govt coalition collapses as junior partner quits
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's government coalition has collapsed after the junior party quit its partnership with Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's Social Democrats.
Trump looks to discuss defense, energy with Romanian leader
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis at the White House on Tuesday as the two leaders explore ways to cooperate on defense and energy...
Romania: Thousands take part in anti-government protests
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Thousands of people took part in anti-government protests in Romania, with the largest rally taking place outside government headquarters in Bucharest.
President of Romania to visit White House this month
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will welcome the president of Romania to the White House later this month.
The White House says that at their meeting set for Aug. 20, Trump and...
Lawyer: Romania suspect admits killing 2 teenagers
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The lawyer for a man detained by police in Romania said Sunday that his client has admitted killing two female teenagers.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's government is ignoring the will of its own citizens by not adopting anti-corruption recommendations made by a European anti-graft body, the country's president...
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.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on European elections (all times local):
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she'd like to see a quick agreement on who should run the European...
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanians have voted overwhelmingly in support of anti-corruption initiatives in a referendum called by the country's president.
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...
Jordan king cancels Romania trip over Jerusalem remarks
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II has canceled a visit Monday to Romania to protest its prime minister's support for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
EU slams Romanian govt for diluting anti-corruption fight
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The European Union is appealing to Romania to not to dilute efforts to fight high-level corruption after the government enacted a measure that critics say will exert more...
The Latest: EU says current agreement is “best possible”
MUNICH (AP) — The European Union presidency says the deal with Britain on leaving the bloc is the "best possible agreement" and preferable to a "no-deal" Brexit.
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, said Saturday that "the clock is ticking" until the March 29 exit and "we would all favor an orderly withdrawal, an approval of the agreement, which is the best possible agreement."
Romanian president blasts politicians at Holocaust ceremony
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president has blasted politicians that make scapegoats out of the European Union and foreign companies to consolidate their grip on power.
President Klaus Iohannis claimed some Romanian politicians "in their reckless efforts to save themselves," blame "cunning multinationals ... and demonize the European Union," in veiled criticism of the government which has embarked on a judicial overhaul that critics say will dilute efforts to fight corruption.
The Latest: Romania to give Holocaust survivors top honors
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on International Holocaust Remembrance Day (all times local):
Romania's president is giving one of the country's highest honors to eight Romanian Jews who survived the Holocaust and dedicated their lives to keeping the memory of Holocaust victims alive.
Romanian Parliament asked to vote on contentious measures
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian opposition parties have asked Parliament to convene to strike down measures that could invalidate hundreds of corruption cases and levy extra taxes on banks and energy companies.
Some 114 lawmakers from the Liberal Party and other opposition parties on Wednesday asked Parliament to return from its winter recess next week to vote on the measures.
Romania president: plan to invalidate graft cases not legal
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president said on Tuesday that a government decree that could invalidate hundreds of corruption cases involving senior officials is "crassly unconstitutional," a development that also prompted concern from the European Union.
President Klaus Iohannis blasted the measure put forward this week by the justice minister, saying the ruling Social Democrats "don't care about Romania; they care about their own politicians with legal problems."
Romania official: No evidence prosecutor was communist spy
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — An official in charge of Romania's communist-era secret police files has brushed aside allegations that a top prosecutor collaborated with the Securitate.
On Monday a Romanian civic group filed a criminal complaint with prosecutors accusing Constantin Buchet, chairman of the National Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives, of misconduct, saying he endorsed prosecutor Adina Florea without consulting other board members.
Romania group urges probe over ‘illegal’ prosecutor vetting
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian civic group has alleged that a top official illegally issued a certificate for a prosecutor saying that she hadn't collaborated with the communist-era secret police.
The Alliance for Fighting Abuses filed a criminal complaint with prosecutors Monday claiming Constantin Buchet, chairman of the National Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives, had bypassed the council's board and issued a certificate himself.
Romania: Ruling party member quits over president Nazi jibe
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party says an adviser to a regional leader who published a manipulated image of the country's president dressed in Nazi uniform has quit over the matter.
The party's Vrancea county branch said Constantin Guguianu resigned his post and from the party on Monday, days after he posted a fake photo on social media of President Klaus Iohannis wearing a Nazi helmet emblazoned with a swastika.
Juncker: Romania political feuding may mar its EU presidency
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A top European Union official on Friday warned Romania that rancorous political feuding could overshadow its presidency of the EU.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that domestically Romania needs "an atmosphere and spirit of consensus," because "pointless polemics could cause multiple problems internally and externally."
President bars Romanian prosecutor from job amid questions
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president says he won't name a regional prosecutor to the post of chief prosecutor at the National Anti-Corruption Directorate saying he there was no guarantee she didn't collaborate with the Communist-era Securitate police.
President Klaus Iohannis said Wednesday he hadn't received required proof that Adina Florea "didn't work for the intelligence services before 1990,"meaning he couldn't legally appoint her to the high-ranking position.
Former corruption prosecutor sues Romanian govt over firing
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A former chief anti-corruption prosecutor in Romania said Tuesday she has sued the country's government in the European Court of Human Rights over her firing.
The government forced the dismissal of National Anti-Corruption Directorate Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi in July, alleging mismanagement and overstepping her authority.
Despite pressure, Romanian president won’t fire prosecutor
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president on Friday refused a request from the justice minister to dismiss the county's top prosecutor, who has clashed with the government over its commitment to fight corruption.
President Klaus Iohannis said he wouldn't fire Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar, a critic of a governmental judicial overhaul that he and others say will make it harder to prosecute senior officials for corruption.
Romanian president keeps army chief amid warship debate
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president has extended the mandate of the army's chief of staff for a year against the wishes of the government, which is allegedly in a dispute with him over the acquisition of warships.
President Klaus Iohannis on Friday convened the country's top defense body to discuss the position of Gen. Nicolae Ciuca, whose mandate expires Dec. 31.
5 things to know about Romania’s EU presidency before Jan. 1
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania will take over the rotating presidency of the European Union on Jan. 1 from Austria. The role is partly symbolic but does involve setting the EU agenda and being a diplomatic go-between to reach consensus among the 28 members on issues ranging from Brexit to fishing rights.
Here are five things you should know about the East European country's first ever EU presidency.
Romania: Govt wants prosecutor opposed to legal changes out
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's justice minister on Thursday asked the president to dismiss the country's top prosecutor, who has accused the government of undermining efforts to fight corruption.
The development puts Romania at odds with the European Union just before it assumes the EU's rotating presidency on Jan. 1.
Tudorel Toader said he was officially requesting that President Klaus Iohannis remove Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar from his post for mismanagement.
Romania to upgrade its armed forces over next decade
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's top defense body has agreed to upgrade the country's armed forces and equipment in the next decade.
President Klaus Iohannis said from 2019 to 2028, Romania will acquire ground-to-air missiles, multirole combat aircraft, armored transporters and medical evacuation helicopters.
The Supreme Defense Council on Tuesday also confirmed NATO-member Romania would spend 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense this year, up from 1.81 percent.
Romania leader asks for govt agenda, fearing graft amnesty
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president wants to be sent the government agenda in advance amid concerns it will pass an amnesty for people imprisoned on corruption charges.
President Klaus Iohannis Monday asked Premier Viorica Dancila to send him the details 24 hours before government meetings.
The move came after Social Democratic Party chief Liviu Dragnea on Sunday asked for an amnesty for "thousands of people" he claims were wrongly imprisoned by anti-corruption prosecutors.
Romania party boss calls rival’s comment on EU post treason
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The leader of Romania's ruling party has asked a party colleague to press charges against the country's president for saying Romania wasn't prepared to assume the European Union's rotating presidency.
Social Democratic Party chairman Liviu Dragnea alleged Sunday that President Klaus Iohannis committed treason when he questioned Romania's readiness for the EU presidency that starts Jan. 1
Journalist Turkey wants to extradite seeks asylum in Romania
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Turkish journalist accused by Turkey of terrorism said Thursday he has applied for political asylum in Romania after Turkey sought his extradition.
Turkish authorities accuse Kamil Demirkaya of links to Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric blamed by Turkey for orchestrating a failed coup in 2016.
Demirkaya told the Court of Appeal he opposed the extradition request because "justice doesn't function in Turkey," Agerpres national news agency reported.
Romanian president calls for a democratic, European country
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president has called on citizens to build a "democratic and European" future for the country on the eve of its centenary.
Romania leader asks lawmakers to govern in national interest
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president has urged lawmakers to "listen to the voice of Romanians" and govern in the national interest as the country celebrates its centenary.
Klaus Iohannis spoke to lawmakers as Parliament met Wednesday to mark 100 years since modern-day Romania was created in the aftermath of World War I. Iohannis told them to "rise up to the dignity of the centenary! Don't dishonor it."
Romania: Candidate disqualified as anti-graft prosecutor
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president says he won't appoint a regional prosecutor to the post of chief anti-corruption prosecutor because legal issues disqualify her for the job.
After a background check, President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday rejected the nomination of Adina Florea, the government's choice to head the National Anti-Corruption Directorate.
Romania appoints top diplomat to handle EU presidency role
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's government has appointed a seasoned diplomat as the new government minister tasked with preparing the country to take over the European Union's rotating presidency on Jan. 1.
President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday swore in George Ciamba as European Affairs minister. The previous minister unexpectedly resigned last week.
Premier: Romania ready for EU presidency amid EU criticism
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's prime minister dismissed suggestions Tuesday that the country isn't prepared to take over the rotating presidency of the European Union next year, despite criticism from the bloc that the country is backsliding on democratic reforms.
"I assure you that Romania is ready... logistically and from an organizational point of view," Premier Viorica Dancila said, blasting the EU for a critical report on the country's justice system.
Romanian leader says country not ready for EU presidency
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — 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 accident of Romanian democracy."
Romanian president: Criminals trying to seize justice system
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president on Tuesday blasted the ruling party's leader as a "criminal at the top of the state apparatus," saying politicians with criminal convictions are trying to take over the country's justice system and undermine efforts to fight corruption.
Switzerland to lift limits on Romanian, Bulgarian workers
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Swiss president says his country will lift restrictions next year on Romanians and Bulgarians who want to work in Switzerland.
President Alain Berset said Thursday in Bucharest that the current limits imposed on Romanian and Bulgarian workers will end next May.
Romania leader advises ‘mature approach’ after marriage vote
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president said Tuesday that the country needs "a mature approach and openness to dialogue" following a referendum that aimed to make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage. Low turnout voided the vote.
President Klaus Iohannis was the first senior Romanian politician to come out in support of same-sex partnerships. Iohannis voted just before polls in the two-day vote closed Sunday and declined to comment.
Romanian German church slams marriage referendum
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian church has criticized a referendum seeking to ban same-sex marriage, saying the government is trying to divert voters' attention from other issues.
The Evangelical Church of Augustan Confession, a German-speaking Protestant group, said Tuesday that marriage was clearly defined in civil law.
Romania ruling party endorses embattled party chief
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party on Friday endorsed its chairman despite his recent conviction for abuse of power.
Colleagues had called for Liviu Dragnea to step down, but party members voted in support of Dragnea, who is barred from becoming prime minister because of a 2016 conviction for electoral fraud.
There were conflicting figures about the vote tally Friday, which came after an eight-hour meeting.
Romania: Party colleagues want leader out over graft trial
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Three senior members of Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party on Wednesday urged the party's powerful chairman to resign, saying he's a liability due to a conviction for abuse of power.
Signatories of the nine-point letter, including Bucharest mayor Gabriela Firea, claimed that under Liviu Dragnea the party's reputation and popularity had suffered over a contentious judicial overhaul, criticized by the European Union and the U.S.
Dutch leader wants EU justice report on Romania
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The prime minister of the Netherlands, which has long opposed Romania joining a European passport-free zone, says he'll wait for a European Commission report on Romania's contentious judicial overhaul before deciding on whether the country can join the Schengen zone.
Germany slams Romania over Hitler moustache posting
BERLIN (AP) — A German lawmaker has accused representatives of Romania's governing party of engaging in "a campaign of defamation" against the country's German minority.
Bernd Fabritius, who was born in Romania, said in a statement late Wednesday that the smears had recently reached "a new peak," citing a Facebook post by Romania's former finance minister, Darius Valcov, which showed the country's ethnic German president, Klaus Iohannis, with a Hitler-style moustache.
Romania set to name new anti-corruption prosecutor
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's justice minister says he has chosen a new chief anti-corruption prosecutor, a prestigious but highly scrutinized job in one of the most graft-riddled countries in the European Union.
The position opened up after President Klaus Iohannis was forced to dismiss Laura Codruta Kovesi in July after Justice Minister Tudorel Toader accused her of mismanagement and incompetence. She denied the accusations.