Romania sets new minimum salary, slammed by business group

Romania's government has passed an emergency ordinance that will create two different levels for the minimum national wage. According to Friday's measure, the minimum monthly salary will be 2,080 lei ($507) starting Jan.1, while those with higher education qualifications or 15 years of employment are guaranteed 2,350 lei ($573). Previously, there was a flat minimum monthly salary of 1,900 lei […]

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Romanian justice minister demands prosecutor general's dismissal

BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Romania’s justice minister on Wednesday demanded the prosecutor general’s dismissal, accusing him of exceeding his authority in a move that could heighten concerns in Brussels about democratic values in some eastern EU member states. Other recent steps by Romania’s ruling Social Democrats to change the justice system and replace senior judicial officials have triggered massive street protests, […]

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Romania’s tug of war over rule of law nears the line

(This story corrects Venice Commission description) By Luiza Ilie BUCHAREST (Reuters) – A power struggle between Romania’s government and judiciary is reaching a tipping point that risks driving a new wedge between the European Union and its eastern members over democratic standards. Justice Minister Tudorel Toader has said he will soon decide the future of the prosecutor general, the last […]

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Romanian ruling party leader defeats dissenters who want him out

BUCHAREST (Reuters) – The leader of Romania’s ruling Social Democrats Liviu Dragnea retained control of the party on Friday, defeating dissenters who said his criminal record had made him a liability, but his victory seems likely to heighten political infighting. A past conviction in a vote-rigging case earned him a suspended jail term which prevented him from being prime minister. […]

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Police fire tear gas as Romanians rally against government

BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of protesters rallied against the ruling Social Democrat (PSD) government on Friday in cities across Romania and the capital Bucharest, where riot police scuffled with some and fired tear gas. Police uses a water cannon as thousands of Romanians joined an anti-government rally in the capital Bucharest, Romania August 10, 2018. Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea […]

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Orban Rallies Europe’s `Illiberal’ Forces for 2019 Elections

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, emboldened by the surge of right-wing parties across Europe, called for a united front by “illiberal” forces to win control in next year’s European Parliament elections. Having solidified his rule at home in the past eight years and reelected in April, Orban set his sights on wider dominance for his version of "Christian democracy," that […]

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