Exasperated by the flood of so-called scientific works from Romanian prisons, on 3 February, the government suspended a controversial law that allowed reduced sentences in exchange for publishing “works with scientific value”.
Ukraine's Economy Minister, Aivaras Abromavicius, abruptly tendered his resignation today (3 February), saying overwhelming corruption had stifled his efforts to push through measures essential to getting growth back on track in the cash-strapped country.
The Romanian Senate on Wednesday (3 February) lifted the immunity of a former minister accused of abusing his powers to use police motorcade escorts, in the latest graft probe to hit the corruption-prone ex-Communist nation.
Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic survived a confidence vote in parliament yesterday (27 January) in the wake of an invitation to join NATO, but had to rely on the votes of an opposition party after his own coalition partner abandoned him.
The Commission published today (27 January) its yearly reports on Romania and Bulgaria, the only two EU countries monitored in their efforts to improve their law-enforcement systems and to combat corruption. Romania’s report is positive, for a second consecutive year.
Spain and Hungary are both plagued by nepotism and a lack of transparency, whilst one ray of hope is the EU's problem child, Greece, according to a new report by Transparency International. EurActiv Germany reports.
Moldova's new Prime Minister, Pavel Filip, said yesterday (26 January) that his government faces a "last chance" to regain public trust as the country a battles deep political crisis, calling for calm from protesters demanding his resignation.
Bulgaria came under fire from its major business partners yesterday (25 January) over its failure to strengthen the rule of law, just before the publication of an EU monitoring report expected to be highly critical of the lack of reforms in the Union’s poorest member state.
Moldovan lawmakers approved a new government yesterday (20 January), headed by a pro-European premier, amid chaotic scenes, as angry protesters entered parliament and opposition legislators tried to block the vote.
Ukraine today is very different from what it was two years ago, before the Revolution of Dignity, not only because of the illegal occupation of the Crimea, and parts of the Donbass, writes Kálmán Mizsei.
Macedonian lawmakers voted yesterday (18 January) to dissolve parliament next month ahead of an early election in late April, in line with an EU-backed deal to end a political crisis but under threat of a boycott by the main opposition.
Catalan far-left party CUP said yesterday (3 January) it would not support acting regional head Artur Mas in his bid for another term, forcing new local elections, and increasing the likelihood Spain may have to return to the ballot box.
A historically fragmented vote in Spanish elections on Sunday (20 December) heralded weeks of talks to form a coalition government, with neither Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservatives nor left-wing parties winning a clear mandate to govern.
Bulgarian Justice Minister Hristo Ivanov resigned on Wednesday (9 December) after parliament watered down changes to the constitution in a vote which he said would prevent genuine reforms to the country's graft-prone and inefficient judiciary.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, whose Peoples’ Party (PP) is caught up in judicial probes over corruption, again chose to stay away from a televised debate yesterday (6 December), ahead of the 20 December parliamentary elections.
The Committee to Protect Journalists, an international press freedom organization, has written to the Bulgarian Prime Minister, and top EU leaders, expressing concern that Bulgarian journalists investigating a huge corruption case have been harassed, warning they are at risk of retaliation for their reporting.