‘I went on a visit to Tanzania.’ Anglican priest talks about climate change to celebrate Harvest Festival

Anglican priest Revd Canon John Smith spoke to the congregation about how living selfishly can harm the community, the economy and even the climate. He calls on people to think of the environment, for the good of their children and grandchildren. I went on a visit to Tanzania in 2007, as part of a...

Romanian anti-graft crusader finally confirmed as EU fraud prosecutor

The battle is over and a new one begins. Romanian prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi has cleared the final hurdle to become Europe’s first chief prosecutor tasked with investigating fraud, corruption and serious cases of cross-border VAT fraud. The European Parliament endorsed Kovesi, 46, as first head of the new European Public Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday, 15 months after the...

‘Say cheese.’ EU grants Romania’s ‘telemea de Sibiu’ special status

Romania has persuaded the EU to grant special status to one of its tastiest cheeses, Sibiu telemea, which becomes the country’s seventh top-quality food product to get European recognition. The agriculture ministry on Wednesday described the product as a semi-hard white cheese made from freshly squeezed sheep milk. It’s sold both fresh and matured for a minimum of 21...

‘The New Normal:’ Investors tell Romania they can’t find workers to fill jobs and trust in country’s laws is ‘low’

Romania’s foreign investors say the country’s unstable legislative environment and gaps in the labor market have dented economic confidence in the country’s business climate. On top of this, the government needs to invest in education and infrastructure and improve public services to increase the quality of life to stop people leaving the...

Moldova plans to get its outdated rail network back on track

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If Romanians complain that the national railways run slower than they did during the communist era, Moldovans have reason to hope that authorities are looking to invest in the former Soviet republic’s outdated rail network. Moldova’s government has announced plans to reorganize the railways, or Calea Ferata din Moldova (CFM), Emerging...

Romanian president Klaus Iohannis launches re-election bid, vows to fight graft and keep country on pro-Western path

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday launched his bid for re-election laying out his priorities, which include combatting corruption, strengthening the rule of law, Romania’s strategic partnerships with the West and modernizing outdated public administration. “The year of 2019 is when Romania needs to enter a new stage, one of modernizing the country in...

President picks Liberal Party leader Ludovic Orban as PM to lead Romania out of “political crisis”

President Klaus Iohannis has nominated the head of the Liberal Party, Ludovic Orban, to head a transitional government after the Social Democrat government was overthrown in a no-confidence vote. Orban said he was “honored” to be prime minister-designate and said “I guarantee I will put all my experience, knowledge and energy” into the job.

“We can’t BEAR it!” Romanians tell authorities to stop sending alerts about the furry, wild animals

Romanian authorities usually get flak when they fail to advise citizens of potential dangers. But emergency officials in Transylvania say local residents are ticked off by the number of “bear alerts” they get on their phones. The head of the Inspectorate for Emergency Situations in Brasov Lt. Col. Lucian...

Rise Project: Presidential candidate Dan Barna duped Romanians in previous career. He says: „It’s like saying Hagi didn’t score a goal”

Dan Barna is running as the candidate who will reform and modernize Romania. His campaign poster shows a serious-looking man in his 40s who promises to make Romanians “happy” in their own country. But investigative site Rise Project claims the message should read “tricked” in Romania. Rise published an investigation on Tuesday about Barna...

Romanian billionaire Ion Tiriac sues state to stop rail line to airport.

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They call him the "Brasov Bulldozer" and until recently he was Romania’s richest businessman carrying clout among the country's movers and shakers. He’s now used that leverage to try and halt a major rail line to the capital’s airport which he says will hurt his investments. Bucharest is one of...

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