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Central Europe 12-10-2015

Romanian Socialists dump Ponta, Dragnea emerges as new ‘strongman’

Romania's ruling Social Democrats (PSD) have elected a former minister convicted of electoral fraud as their new leader, to replace a previous chief now facing a corruption probe, vote returns showed today (12 October).

Parliament debates state of democracy in Bulgaria

The European Parliament debated for nearly two hours yesterday (6 February) the state of democracy in Bulgaria, a country described as the "weak link" in the EU and a threat to European values across the continent.
Elections 23-10-2012

Ukrainian groups warn of ‘unfair’ election practices

Many candidates from Ukraine’s leading parties running in the parliamentary election do not meet democratic criteria and some campaign practices are violating electoral law, civil society organisations said ahead of Sunday’s vote.