About: Liviu Dragnea

Future EU 12-11-2018

Romanian Europe minister resigns on cusp of EU stint

Romania's Minister for foreign affairs Victor Negrescu has resigned just weeks before the country takes on the EU's six-month rotating presidency in January, media reported Saturday (10 November).
Future EU 22-10-2018

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

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...
Freedom of thought 08-10-2018

Romanians boycott the ‘referendum of hate’

A referendum to change Romania’s constitution to prevent same sex couples from securing the right to marry failed to draw enough voters to validate the result on Sunday (7 October), after a campaign that led to a rise in hate speech against the gay community.

Romania’s strongman urged to resign with ruling party in free fall

Three former allies of the leader of Romania’s ruling Social Democrats called on him to resign on Wednesday, saying his criminal convictions have become the party’s largest vulnerability ahead of elections in 2019 and 2020.

Romanian magistrates rally to support rule of law

Hundreds of Romanian magistrates held a silent protest in support of an independent judiciary in capital Bucharest on Sunday (16 September) after a slew of legal changes by the ruling Social Democrats in one of the European Union's most corrupt states.

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.
Energy 10-07-2018

Romania adopts offshore energy law, angers majors

Romania’s Chamber of Deputies voted in favour of a new offshore law on Monday evening (10 July) that will impose taxes on oil and gas companies operating in the Black Sea. The ruling party's controversial leader insisted it will help cut reliance on Russian energy imports but oil companies said it might deter new investments.

Romania’s president removes chief anti-corruption prosecutor

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis sacked chief anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruța Kövesi on Monday (9 July) to honour a constitutional court ruling which Kövesi said may leave prosecutors exposed to political interference.
Elections 29-06-2018

Western states warn Romania reforms threaten co-operation

Twelve Western countries issued a joint statement yesterday (28 June) warning that controversial judicial reforms proposed by Romanian lawmakers could "impede international law enforcement cooperation".
Elections 22-06-2018

Romanian ruling party leader sentenced, thousands rally against his government

The head of Romania's ruling Social Democrat party, Liviu Dragnea, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison by the Supreme Court yesterday (21 June) for inciting others to abuse of office, prompting thousands to rally against his government.
Elections 19-06-2018

Romania parliament changes criminal procedure; opposition says aims to hide graft

Romania's lower house of parliament on Monday night (18 June) approved amendments to the country's criminal procedure, which critics and the centrist opposition say would weaken prosecutors' powers to probe high level corruption.

Romanian absurd: A ruling party that calls a protest meeting

The political party that toppled its own government in Romania last year has made another head-scratching move: It is staging a massive protest in front of the building that houses the government it appointed only a few months ago.
Elections 27-04-2018

Romania’s president denounces PM as ‘unfit’ for office

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis called on Prime Minister Viorica Dancila to resign on Friday (27 April) after she endorsed a secret deal to move the country's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and refused to attend a meeting to resolve other ongoing disputes.
Global Europe 20-04-2018

Report: Romania to break ranks with EU by moving embassy to Jerusalem

The Romanian government will follow the United States and transfer its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) leader said Thursday (19 April). “The decision has been taken (…), the procedures are beginning,” Liviu Dragnea told...
Economy & Jobs 12-03-2018

Romania’s ruling party congress votes to join euro in 2024

Romania's ruling Social Democrats (PSD), in power for a year, voted at an extraordinary congress on Saturday to back a 2024 target date to adopt the euro currency.

Tens of thousands of Romanians brave snow for corruption protest

Tens of thousands of Romanians marched through heavy snow in Bucharest on Saturday (20 January) in protest against corruption and attempts by the ruling Social Democrats to weaken judicial independence.
Elections 16-01-2018

Romania’s ruling left sinks own government for second time in a year

Romania's left-wing Prime Minister Mihai Tudose resigned on Monday (15 January) after losing the backing of his party due to internal power struggles, barely seven months after his predecessor suffered the same fate.
Elections 27-11-2017

Thousands of Romanians rally against ruling party’s judicial overhaul

Tens of thousands of Romanians rallied in the capital Bucharest and dozens of other cities on Sunday (26 November), protesting against a widely criticised plan by the ruling Social Democrats to overhaul the judiciary.
Elections 27-06-2017

Romanian Social Democrats pick new prime minister

Romania's outgoing economy minister Mihai Tudose was designated as the new prime minister on Monday (26 June), days after the ruling Social Democrats torpedoed their own government following an internal power row.
Global Europe 15-06-2017

Romania in turmoil as ruling left drops support for its own premier

Romania's ruling left-wing party withdrew its support for Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu yesterday (14 June), a move likely to bring down his government, which has only been in power since January.
Politics 29-03-2017

Romanian court sentences former minister to six years in jail for graft

A Bucharest court yesterday (28 March) sentenced a former government minister to six years' jail for abuse of office and taking bribes, the latest in a string of high-profile convictions in one of the European Union's most corrupt countries.
Economy & Jobs 22-03-2017

Romania runs out of money to co-finance EU projects

Romania’s regional development minister has told the nation’s mayors that there is no more money left for co-financing European projects, since the limit has already been reached and the country tries to keep its deficit under 3%. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Romanian president berates government, rules out early elections

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis yesterday (7 February) rebuked the government for doing "too little" to resolve the crisis rocking the country over a corruption decree, but stopped short of calling for its resignation.