About: Klaus Iohannis

Elections 16-10-2019

Romania’s President appoints Ludovic Orban as PM-designate

Romania’s centrist President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday (15 October) he had appointed opposition Liberal Party leader Ludovic Orban as prime minister-designate to form a transitional government until a parliamentary election next year.

Former Romanian anti-graft chief Kövesi close to becoming EU lead prosecutor

After the month-long standoff in appointing the EU’s first-ever anti-fraud prosecutor, a majority of member states last week backed making Romania’s former top anti-corruption official, despite strong headwind from her own homecountry.
Elections 28-08-2019

Romania’s PM vows to fight on despite end of coalition

Romania's Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă vowed Tuesday (27 August) her Social Democratic party would not lose power despite being abandoned by their coalition partner and facing an opposition no-confidence vote.
Elections 27-08-2019

Romania ruling coalition collapses as junior partner quits

Romania's ruling coalition collapsed Monday (26 August) when the junior partner announced it was pulling out in the latest setback to the governing Social Democrats two months before a presidential election.
Elections 24-07-2019

Romania’s PM Viorica Dancila to run for president

Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă will run for president in November, the Social Democratic Party's (PSD) leadership decided Tuesday (23 July), in a bid to stop incumbent Klaus Iohannis winning a second term.
EURoad2Sibiu 16-07-2019

How Romania’s EU presidency survived its baptism of fire

The world of tennis was stunned on 13 July, when Romania’s Simona Halep won the first Wimbledon title for her country. But it wasn't the country's only international success this year - just two weeks earlier, Romania brought the curtain down on its maiden six months at the helm of the EU’s rotating presidency.
EU Elections 2019 27-05-2019

Romanian ruling social-democrats suffer heavy loss

Romania's pro-European parties inflicted a serious defeat on Romania's ruling Social Democrats (PSD) in the European parliament elections Sunday (26 May), according to partial official results.
EU Elections 2019 24-05-2019

Romania’s anti-corruption referendum explained

Besides electing their new European Parliament members on Sunday (26 May), Romanians will be taking part in another vote: a referendum which their president says lets voters express their frustration over corruption. President Klaus Iohannis called the referendum over the...
Elections 26-04-2019

Iohannis: Teach Romanian ruling party a lesson at referendum

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis urged the nation Thursday (25 April)  to vote next month in a referendum on judicial reforms, calling it a chance to teach the ruling left-wing social democrats "a lesson".

Romanian justice minister sacked for shunning reforms

Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) sacked justice minister Tudorel Toader on Wednesday (17 April)  for spurning controversial changes to the national penal code that critics say benefit PSD chief Liviu Dragnea.
EU Elections 2019 04-04-2019

EU country briefing: Romania

The following article is a part of a series of brief country profiles for the EU-28 ahead of the European elections in May. Romania, together with Bulgaria, missed the first wave of the EU’s eastward expansion in 2004. The two joined the...
Global Europe 26-03-2019

Jordan’s king cancels Romanian trip over Jerusalem row

Jordan's King Abdullah II cancelled a visit Monday (26 March) to Romania after its prime minister vowed to move her country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, his office said.
Global Europe 25-03-2019

Romania to move embassy to Jerusalem, premier Dancila pledges

The Romanian prime minister promised Sunday (25 March) in Washington that her country would move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, breaking with both the European position and apparently with her own country's president.
EU Elections 2019 31-01-2019

Romania’s Commissioner and former PM quit ruling Social Democrats

Former prime minister Mihai Tudose has followed Commissioner Corina Crețu quitting Romania's ruling Social Democrats (PSD) further weakening the parliamentary grip of the party and its leader, Liviu Dragnea.
EURoad2Sibiu 11-01-2019

Dreams of Schengen haunt Romania’s EU presidency bow

Romania should be granted membership of the Schengen passport-free travel zone during its EU presidency stint, according to European Parliament President Antonio Tajani. But persistent concerns about the rule of law mean it is far from a done deal.

Romania glosses over presidency preparedness concerns

As Romania formally launched its six-month-long presidency of the EU, its foreign affairs chief insisted that the country was prepared to helm the Council ship for the very first time.

Romania’s new anti-corruption chief steps down

The interim head of Romania's anti-corruption agency said Tuesday (8 January) she was stepping down, citing a "hostile environment", just as the country takes on the EU's presidency. 

Romanian president to try to block government pardons

Romania's centre-right President Klaus Iohannis said Tuesday (18 December)  that he will invite himself to meetings of the left-wing cabinet in order to prevent it passing proposed criminal pardons that could benefit prominent politicians. 
Future EU 26-10-2018

Jourova: EU expects Romania to manage its presidency without hiccups

Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová made it clear today (26 October) that the EU is worried about government attempts in Bucharest to violate the independence of the judiciary, also in the perspective of the upcoming Romanian EU Presidency.

Romania urged to heed rule of law before assuming EU presidency

The European Union on Tuesday warned Romania to respect EU democratic values before it assumes the bloc's rotating presidency in January, or risk undermining its bid to join Europe's passport-free zone.

Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors targeted by new work requirements

Romanian prosecutors said they feared for their jobs and the rule of law after a new government ordinance increasing the years of professional experience required of them was published Tuesday (16 October).
English language 18-09-2018

Juncker: We are not ‘under the rule’ of English

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made a point of delivering his plenary speech at the Three Seas Initiative forum in Bucharest in French, bucking the trend of other world leaders attending the event on Tuesday (September 18).

Trump lawyer denounces ‘excesses’ of Romania’s anti-corruption efforts

US President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has written a letter to Romania’s president, accusing the Eastern European country’s anticorruption efforts of going too far and calling for amnesty for those already prosecuted and convicted.
Elections 23-08-2018

Facing criticism, Romania’s strongman Dragnea denounces assassination plot

Faced with criticism of police violence against a massive anti-corruption protest, Romania's ruling party strongman Liviu Dragnea has raised eyebrows with a string of bizarre, unsubstantiated claims including a "failed coup" and an assassination plot.

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