Andrei Schwartz

Global Europe 05-05-2017

Trans-Europe Express: An EU view on World Press Freedom

In honour of World Press Freedom Day (2 May), Trans-Europe Express asked journalists from the EURACTIV Network to comment on Reporters Without Borders’ 2017 Press Freedom Index.

Central Europe 13-07-2016

Romania’s judicial reforms: A case study for future member states

Nine years after joining the EU, Romania is continuing its fight against corruption, as well as tackling the challenge of recovering the proceeds of crime. Experts say that its judicial reform experience could serve as an example to future EU member states. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Central Europe 25-01-2016

Mini-Schengen not an option, for now

A majority of EU countries seem to be hostile to the idea of a "mini-Schengen", capable of better controlling its common borders, which was floated by the Netherlands at the end of last year.

Central Europe 13-01-2016

Cologne assaults reverberate across Europe

The attacks carried out against women, in Cologne on New Year's Eve, are still reverberating across Europe, auguring for more resentment against immigrants, and eroding the remnants of multicultural attitudes. The EURACTIV network reports.

Development Policy 09-12-2015

European Year for Development scores unevenly across EU

The European Year for Development (EYD) has had an uneven success in reaching its goal – raising the awareness of Europeans about the importance of the EU development agenda. The EURACTIV network reports.

Elections 16-11-2015

Paris attacks hit sensitive nerve in Romania

The Paris attacks have hit a sensitive nerve in Romania, which is mourning the victims of a fire in a Bucharest nightclub that brought down the government of Prime Minister Victor Ponta. EURACTIV Romania reports.

All eyes on Germany as refugee exodus continues

Member states are affected in very different ways by the refugee crisis. But all of them worry about what will happen when Germany’s capacity to absorb asylum seekers reaches saturation point. The EURACTIV network reports.

Many EU countries say “no” to immigration quotas

The European Commission has submitted a proposal to find a fairer way to admit and distribute asylum seekers in the EU. But it’s up to the member states to decide, and many don’t accept the proposed distribution of migrants. The EURACTIV network reports.

Energy 14-04-2015

Ukraine crisis, anti-corruption drive, boost Romanian energy reform

Recent investigations of “smart guys” contracts have helped reduce corruption within the Romanian energy sector, and have accelerated the country’s market liberalisation, at a time when the Ukraine crisis has forced Bucharest to assume a more important role in region. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Global Europe 25-03-2015

UK, Central Europe frown at Juncker’s European army

During an interview on 8 March, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that the EU needed its own military, in order to deal with the Russian threat, as well as to restore the bloc's standing around the world.

EU Priorities 2020 09-03-2015

Juncker paper fails to spark debate about eurozone’s future

National politicians have remained largely indifferent to a recent "analytical note" by the European Commission aimed at launching a debate over the future of the eurozone. EU leaders seem to be keeping their powder dry until the EU summit in June, when a second paper is expected. The EURACTIV network reports.

Klaus Iohannis
Europe's East 02-03-2015

Iohannis visits Moldova, discusses regional security

During a visit to Moldova and Germany, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis held talks concerning the continuation of Moldova`s European path. Both Klaus Iohannis and Angela Merkel gave assurance that Romania and the European Union will support Moldova. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Central Europe 30-01-2015

Romanian leaders endorse the Commission’s monitoring report conclusions

The new European Commission report on Romania’s law enforcement reforms has been well-received in Bucharest, as it confirms the progress made in the government's fight against corruption. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Klaus Iohannis
Elections 05-01-2015

New Romanian leader chooses Moldova for first foreign visit

The first official visit abroad of Romanian president Klaus Iohannis will take place in the Republic of Moldova on 22- 23 January, the Romanian media announced today (5 January). EURACTIV Romania reports.

Central Europe 27-11-2014

High profile Romanian arrest bodes well ahead of monitoring report

The high-profile arrest at the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism is expected to influence an upcoming monitoring report, which may open the doors to Romania’s Schengen accession. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Central Europe 17-11-2014

Iohannis wins Romanian presidential election, pressure builds on Ponta to resign

In an atmosphere of protests over the voting procedure abroad, a powerful anti-Ponta movement within the electorate helped Klaus Iohannis win the Romanian presidential election held yesterday (16 November). EURACTIV Romania reports.

Central Europe 10-11-2014

Romania rocked by protests ahead of presidential election runoff

Protests broke out in major Romanian cities after numerous problems stopped thousands of Romanians living abroad from voting in the first round of the presidential elections, Euractiv Romania reports.

Central Europe 04-11-2014

Irregularities cloud Romanian election runoff

As the first round of the Romanian presidential election has passed, many legal irregularities and troublesome voting procedures cast uncertainty over the second round. Euractiv.ro reports.

Klaus Iohannis
Central Europe 31-10-2014

Romanians elect a new president in atmosphere of scandal

On Sunday, Romanian citizens will chose their next President from 14 candidates, many of which have done little, if anything, to promote themselves or their proposals and programs. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Corina Cretu, photo website of Corina Cretu
EU Elections 2014 28-08-2014

Sources: Romania has other candidates if Ciolo? doesn’t get agriculture

The formation of the new European Commission confronts Romania with unprecedented challenges, as the country seeks to retain its agriculture portfolio for a second term. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Elena Basecu, Daciana sarbu
Elections 18-04-2014

EU elections in Romania: a test before a bigger battle

For political forces in Romania, the European elections are first and foremost a test before the presidential election, to be held later this year. EURACTIV Romania reports.