February 4, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The Romanian Parliament on Wednesday voted to allow prosecutors to investigate prominent politician Elena Udrea on suspicion of corruption. A parliamentary committee voted 20-1 to launch a formal criminal investigation of Udrea, who is accused of taking bribes, making false statements and ...[read more]
February 2, 2015
by Addison Morris
Romania's Bucharest Appeals Court on Monday sentenced Judge Mircea Moldovan to 22 years in prison for several instances of taking bribes from wealthy Romanian businessman in exchange for ruling in their favor in court. Though the ruling is not yet final, the court also confiscated a luxury car and ...[read more]
January 23, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The European Commission released its semi-annual Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) report on Romania Wednesday, warning the nation to end political pressure on the judiciary amid continuing concerns over corruption. When Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007 the EU established a ...[read more]
January 15, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Romania's Constitutional Court on Wednesday rejected legislation that would make it more difficult to prosecute elected government officials and make libel a criminal offense after criticism from abroad. The draft law would have provided lawmakers and government officials immunity from prosecution ...[read more]
November 29, 2013
by Michael Roberts
The Balkans is a region in southern Europe that stretches from Croatia to Bulgaria and derives its names from the Balkan Mountains. The region was invaded in the 14th century by the Ottoman Empire, which ruled for nearly 500 years. In 1878, the signing of the Treaty of Berlin redefined the Balkan ...[read more]
September 4, 2013
by Max Slater
Romanian prosecutors on Tuesday charged Communist-era prison commander Alexander Visinescu with genocide. Visinescu, the former chief of the Ramnicu Sarat prison under Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu faces genocide charges for beating and starving political prisoners between 1956 and 1963, ...[read more]
February 3, 2013
by Sarah Steers
On February 3, 2009, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) unanimously decided to resolve a maritime border dispute between Romania and Ukraine in favor of Romania. The two countries had argued over whether Ukraine's ownership of Serpent Island in the Black Sea granted it territorial rights ...[read more]
January 15, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The Bucharest Appeals Court on Tuesday ruled that a former Romanian defense ministry official can be extradited to the US on charges of trying to illegally export military equipment to Iran. Intelligence officials from Romania and the US coordinated their investigations in the case. According to ...[read more]
September 5, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On September 5, 2008, the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk announced that the Polish government would investigate claims that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was operating a prison in Poland. The alleged prison was said to be part of the CIA's extraordinary rendition program. The Legal ...[read more]
August 27, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
The Parliament of Romania on Monday recognized the return to office of suspended President Traian Basescu after accepting a recent Constitutional Court decision that invalidated a national referendum to remove the leader. Parliament's acceptance of the ruling comes only after the Social Liberal ...[read more]

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