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Social Democratic-led alliance wins Romanian election

By Andrei Tudora, Tina Zamfir, December 13, 2012

With 58.6 percent of the votes in the Chamber of Deputies and 60.1 percent in the Senate, Romania’s Social Liberal Union will enjoy a comfortable majority to form the new government.

IMF steps up pressure on Romanian government prior to election

By Diana Toma, Markus Salzmann, November 23, 2012

In their latest report the International Monetary Fund and European Union call upon the Romanian government to continue its brutal “structural reforms.”

Romania: 3,500 jobs threatened at Oltchim chemical plant

By our correspondents, October 25, 2012

The situation of 3,500 workers at Romania’s Oltchim chemical works remains uncertain following the failure of the Social Democratic government led by Victor Ponta to reopen the plant and provide funds for unpaid salaries.

Romanian workers protest privatization, demand resignation of union leaders

By Andrei Tudora, Tina Zamfir, September 20, 2012

Hundreds of workers have protested in Romania this month against the government’s plans to privatize state-owned companies as part of a deal agreed with the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission.

Discrimination of Roma in Europe intensifies

By Diana Toma, September 18, 2012

In Romania itself and throughout Europe, Roma confront increasing discrimination.

Referendum fails to oust Romanian president

By Andrei Tudora, Tina Zamfir, August 7, 2012

The number of voters in the referendum fell short of the 50 percent+1 required for the referendum to be considered valid.

Mass opposition to austerity deepens power struggle in Romanian ruling elite

By Andrei Tudora, Tina Zamfir, July 25, 2012

The Romanian ruling class faces a fierce political crisis, after mass protests at the start of the year brought down the conservative government of Emil Boc.

Romanian elite erupts in sordid infighting

By Andrei Tudora, Tina Zamfir, July 14, 2012

The Romanian ruling elite is struggling to form a stable government that can impose the austerity measures dictated by the IMF and the European Union.

Former Romanian PM suffers gunshot wound hours after prison sentencing

By Diana Toma, Markus Salzmann, June 29, 2012

The jail sentence of former premier Adrian Nastase on charges of corruption must be considered in relation to the ongoing political crisis in Romania.

The appalling situation of Romania’s institutionalized children: From Ceausescu to today

By Diana Toma, May 23, 2012

Cases in Romania of the inhumane treatment of children left abandoned in hospitals or simply thrown in the trash by their own parents are becoming increasingly frequent.

Death toll rises to 600 in European cold snap

By Markus Salzmann, February 14, 2012

The spate of cold weather that has lasted for weeks in many parts of Europe has now claimed at least 600 lives.

Mass protests bring down Romanian government

By Peter Schwarz, February 7, 2012

The Romanian government resigned on Monday following weeks of protests against its austerity measures.