Victor Ponta

Romania's Social Democrats Nominate New PM

The head of the Romanian Social Democratic Party, PSD, Liviu Dragnea on Wednesday named former minister Sorin Grindeanu as the party's new candidate for the post of Prime Minister.

President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday rejected the PSD's first nomination, Sevil Shhaideh, a 52-year-old Muslim woman from the Tatar minority, without clarifying the reasons.

Chief corruption prosecutor Kovesi: Tony Blair has no involvement in the case

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is in no way implicated in the court file under which Romania's former Prime Minister Victor Ponta is being investigated, but Blair's name has been mentioned publicly by co-defendant Sebastian Ghita, chief prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi said Friday.

Politico.eu: Bulgaria Lags Behind Romania in Its Efforts to Tackle Corruption

In an article published on Friday, Politico.eu notes the divergent paths Bulgaria and Romania have taken in their efforts to fight corruption, with Bucharest making progress and Sofia lagging behind.

The articles focuses on the role of Romania's National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), which has made a deep impact in a country known for public malfeasance and mismanagement.

Romanian Parliament Blocks MP's Prosecution

Romania's parliament on Wednesday rejected prosecutors' requests to allow the arrest of Sebastian Ghita, a wealthy businessman and lawmaker who has been indicted for creating an informal network of power that was used to "determine the appointment of several persons in important positions".

A total of 176 MPs rejected the request, while 107 MPs backed it.

Romania Makes it Easier to Scrap Plagiarists' Degrees

Almost every month there is a new report in the Romanian media that another public dignitary is suspected of plagiarising her or his post-graduate dissertation.

Journalists present what they call evidence of plagiarism, the people accused deny any wrongdoing, while readers comment a lot.  And that's all.

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