Liviu Dragnea had dominated the PSD and ran the government from behind the scenes, engineering the removal of two prime ministers. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty

Liviu Dragnea, the head of Romania’s ruling party and de facto leader of its government, started a 3½-year jail sentence on Monday after a Bucharest c(...)

Laura Codruta Kovesi, Romania’s former chief anti-corruption prosecutor and thorn in the side of the government, was forced out of her job last year by the justice minister. Photograph: Daniel Mihailesdu/AFP/Getty Images

When EU leaders met this month in Sibiu, Romania, to cast the future of a post-Brexit EU in as positive light as possible, there was a subtext to the (...)

Romanian magistrate Laura Codruta Kovesi, former DNA (National Anti-corruption Department) chief arrives at a police station in Bucharest on March 29th. Photograph: George Calin/AFP/Getty

Romania’s government has rejected sharp European and US criticism of its sweeping judicial reforms and its bid to stop the country’s most high-profile(...)

Laura Codruta Kovesi: Romania’s ruling Socialists fiercely oppose her bid to lead the new European Public Prosecutor’s Office, having seen her successfully pursue some of its leading members as head of the country’s anti-corruption agency. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

European Parliament committees have backed Romania’s Laura Codruta Kovesi to be the EU’s first chief prosecutor, putting them at odds with member stat(...)

Romanian prime minister Viorica Dancila said she would meet leaders of magistrates’ associations on Monday to discuss the disputed reforms. Photograph: Octav Ganea/Reuters

Romanians held demonstrations on Sunday and judicial staff across the country prepared to stop work, in protest against sweeping reforms that they say(...)

Laura Codruta Kovesi’s bid to lead the new European Public Prosecutor’s Office has been opposed due to her alleged misdemeanours at the national anti-corruption agency. File photograph: Adrian Catu/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union is closely monitoring its presidency holder, Romania, where the former head of the national anti-corruption agency (DNA) has been p(...)

Laura Codruta Kovesi, former head of Romania’s anti-corruption agency, has been named by a selection panel of experts as its first choice to lead the European Public Prosecutor’s Office. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

The former head of Romania’s anti-corruption agency has been tipped for a prestigious role as European chief prosecutor, despite opposition from a sca(...)

Romanian Social Democrat Party leader Liviu Dragnea and Romania’s prime minister, Viorica Dancila. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescuu/AFP/Getty Images

As the European Union braces for what is likely to be a tumultuous year, its presidency has passed to a country that is enduring turbulent times of it(...)

Liviu Dragnea, who controls the Romanian government from behind the scenes. Photograph: Liviu Florin Albein/Iquam Photos via Reuters

The European Parliament will discuss Romania’s recent raft of controversial judicial reforms on Wednesday, following withering criticism of the Buchar(...)

Liviu Dragnea guides the government from behind the scenes. Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

Liviu Dragnea is set to remain the de facto leader of Romania’s government after surviving a challenge from rebels inside his ruling Social Democratic(...)

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