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BUCHAREST BLOG: Romania’s anti-corruption struggle still inspiring its neighbours

September 19, 2021

With relatively few true success stories in the fight against corruption in emerging Europe, the efforts of the Romanian DNA to bring corrupt officials to book remain one of the few shining lights of the anti-corruption struggle in the region.

BUCHAREST BLOG: Three days that plunged Romania into chaos

September 6, 2021

Romania moved from having a relatively stable and functioning centre-right ruling coalition to an explosive political situation with no credible mediator to defuse it.

BUCHAREST BLOG: Deadly COVID-19 ward fires show desperate need for healthcare investment

February 2, 2021

15 COVID-19 patients were killed in fires that ripped through hospitals in Romania in deadly accidents just over two months apart.

BUCHAREST BLOG: Romania becomes the latest battleground in Central Europe’s gender wars

July 2, 2020

A law approved by both houses of the Romanian parliament in June bans the teaching of gender studies in schools and universities. Opponents warn Romania is following in the footsteps of Central Europe's "illiberal democracies".

BUCHAREST BLOG: Romania’s response to COVID-19 economic effects is fuzzy and belated

March 25, 2020

The sole tangible aid extended by Romania’s government to firms is a promise to pay unemployment benefits to 75% of the employees whose labour contracts are suspended as a result of the crisis. But even this is tricky, managers say.

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