European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans: EU must strengthen its “toolbox for tackling the erosion in member states of the rule of law”.  Photograph: Francois Lenoir

Stepping up its campaign against the erosion of the rule of law in member states, the European Commission has initiated new infringement proceedings a(...)

A demonstrator holds a placard stating “Dissolve the Bolshevik Parliament (Down with Parliamentary Dictatorship)” as people protest by  the Romanian Parliament in Bucharest on December 21st, 2017. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty

Romanian civil society leaders have urged the country’s prime minister, Mihai Tudose, to sack his justice minister and halt reforms that they fear wil(...)

An example of the public services card.

The State appears to be on a “collision course” with European law over its handling of major projects involving personal data, an Oireachtas committee(...)

Late Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu (inset) bought his Mercedes-Benz 350 SL (above) in 1973. It is to be auctioned in aid of the Crosscause charity.

A Mercedes-Benz car originally owned by late Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and thought to be worth up to €50,000 has unexpectedly turned up in I(...)

 Klaus Iohannis salutes the crowds  in central Bucharest Romania yesterday.  He  defied expectations to win Romania’s presidential election yesterday, inflicting a shock defeat on prime minister Victor Ponta. Photograph: Raed Krishan/EPA

Provincial mayor Klaus Iohannis defied expectations to win Romania’s presidential election yesterday, inflicting a shock defeat on prime minister Vic(...)