Romania Reverses Decision to Weaken Corruption Law

BUCHAREST, Romania — After five straight days of spirited mass protests, and predictions that a half-million or more people might take to the streets on Sunday, Romania’s month-old government backed down Saturday and withdrew a decree that had decriminalized some corruption offenses. “We will hold an extraordinary meeting on Sunday to repeal the decree, withdraw ···

Why is Romania suddenly in turmoil?

Around the world, tens of millions of people can only dream of an income of $48,000. But in Romania today, that is how much money public officials can steal without fear of prosecution. Strictly speaking, the newly issued government decree does not make theft legal, but it decriminalises government misconduct if less than $48,000 is ···

Explainer: why Romanians are in despair over anti-corruption reforms

Romania has seen its biggest protests since the 1989 revolution after the new leftist government pushed through controversial anti-corruption reforms. Here we explain the changes, how they came about and why they are proving so contentious. What has changed? The social democrat (PSD) government announced a new decree that decriminalises some corruption offences (abuse of ···

Im Schatten von Korruption und Vetternwirtschaft

Am Sonntag wählt Rumänien ein neues Parlament. Nur noch eine kleine Stammwählerschaft hält ihre Parteien und ihre Versprechungen für vertrauenswürdig – der große Rest sind Nichtwähler. Für die größte Überraschung könnte wohl eine Newcomer-Partei aus jungen Leuten sorgen. Doch denen fehlt die politische Erfahrung.

Roumanie: élection du Parlement, les sociaux-démocrates favoris

Les Roumains ont commencé à voter dimanche lors d’élections législatives qui selon les sondages pourraient marquer le retour au pouvoir des sociaux-démocrates, après un an de purgatoire à la suite du dramatique incendie d’une boîte de nuit de Bucarest. Accusé de corruption après cet incendie qui a fait 64 morts en raison de normes de ···

La corruption, enjeu des législatives roumaines

VIDÉO – Les élections législatives en Roumanie, ce dimanche, pourraient permettre aux électeurs d’évincer les candidats les plus corrompus. Malheureusement, les principaux partis semblent gangrenés par ce mal. Un vote pour chasser la corruption. Les élections législatives en Roumanie, ce dimanche 11 décembre, offrent l’occasion aux Roumains d’élever un rempart contre la corruption qui gangrène ···

Expert Forum: 177 data operators in local elections, also candidates

Expert Forum representative Septimius Parvu pointed out on Monday that in the local elections this year there were several irregularities, among which the fact that 177 data operators with the polling stations also ran in the elections. Expert Forum presented Monday a report on the 2016 local elections, in the context in which the law ···

En Roumanie, des livres bidons pour sortir de prison

En 2013, en Roumanie, quatorze ouvrages et articles scientifiques ont été publiés par des détenus. En 2014, ce chiffre est passé à 89. En 2015, à 338… Un intérêt spontané pour la science dans les prisons roumaines ? Plutôt un filon pour ceux qui ont du mal à supporter leur séjour derrière les barreaux : depuis 2013, ···

Romania probes hundreds of books written by prisoners

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s crackdown on corruption and fraud in recent years has created a sudden and unexpected literary boom, as prisoners publish hundreds of non-fiction books on subjects as varied as soccer, real estate, God and gemstones. It’s quite a feat for inmates with no access to books or the Internet, often without ···

Good governance in Romania includes civil society

Romania needs to pay closer attention to civil society groups and citizens who can provide expertise in the fight against corruption, experts told SETimes following the release of the World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators for 2013, which assesses the governing quality of 200 countries. The 2013 data, which is the most recent available, shows that ···