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 office) that cause less than 44,000 euros of financial damage.

A draft bill has also been approved that will grant prison pardons to around 2,500 convicts.

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