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Romanian president says Black Sea ‘of strategic interest’ to NATO, EU amid rising tensions with Russia

Klaus Iohannis, Navy Day, Aug. 15, 2020, Romanian presidency
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis used a national holiday to deliver a message that the Black Sea is of strategic importance for NATO and the European Union amid rising tensions with Russia over the redeployment of U.S. troops to the area. Speaking to sailors on Navy Day at the Black Sea port of Constanta on...

Romania extradites ‘human trafficking linchpin’ to U.S. Suspect wanted for trafficking thousands of poor Roma

Romania has extradited a notorious underworld figure to the U.S. to face charges of organizing the illegal entry to the U.S. of hundreds of Romanians, who were then exploited for financial gain. Interior Minister Marcel Vela on Friday announced the arrest and extradition of an alleged linchpin of a human trafficking ring wanted by...

Hotel names bar after 1st Romanian Communist leader who oversaw imprisonment of 1000s of political detainees. Gov’t institute urges owners to change it

Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej was Romania's first Communist leader, overseeing purges of dissidents and the imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of people who had fallen afoul of the newly installed Communist regime. Many Romanians have a dim memory of the period, although his name is widely recognized. This week, a hotel which was once...

Romania reports more than 1,400 new cases of coronavirus for 3rd consecutive day

Romania on Friday announced 1,415 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the past day, and 44 deaths from the virus in the same period. Almost 23,000 tests were carried out in the past 24 hours and a further 4,873 tests which were done previously were also reported Friday, the Strategic Communication Group...

Romania’s economy dives in second quarter due to Covid-19 pandemic. Biggest contraction in 24 years

Battered by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Romania's economy shrunk by 12.3% in the second quarter of 2020, according to the national statistics office on Friday. It was the biggest contraction in 24 years. Year-on-year, the second quarter figures were 10.5%  lower than 2019, according to flash data from the National Statistics Institute....

Romania storing 26,000 tons of ammonium nitrate in Black Sea port. Recent Beirut blast caused by the explosive chemical

Romanian port authorities on Thursday said some 26,000 tons of ammonium nitrate are currently in storage at the Black Sea port of Constanta. The National Maritime Administration of Constanta Ports Company said nearly 90,000 tons of nitrate had passed through the ports and waterways of Constanta port in eastern Romania since January. The...

Romania reports 2nd day of record high Covid-19 infections

Romania on Thursday announced record-high numbers of the novel coronavirus cases and 53 deaths. Health authorities confirmed 1,454 new cases in Romania, the second consecutive day with more than 1,400 cases, the Strategic Communication Group said.  Some 1,415 cases had been reported a day earlier. The Romanian capital recorded 172 cases...

Romanian mayor stokes controversy by offering 1,000 euro vouchers for plasma of Covid-19 survivors

The mayor of the Romanian capital has come under fire for a plan to offer vouchers worth 1,000 euros for the plasma of coronavirus survivors. Bucharest mayor Gabriela Firea came up with the idea, which was endorsed by political allies in the city hall to offer compensation to patients who have recovered from the virus.

Germany adds Bucharest, parts of Romania to list of Covid-19 risk areas

Germany has declared certain areas of Romania including the capital Bucharest as risk areas after an increase in Covid-19 cases, as Europe struggles to contain a rise in cases during the summer season. Bucharest and ten other Romanian counties and travelers coming from those areas will face mandatory coronavirus tests, Romania’s...

Romania won’t use Russian Covid-19 vaccine. President Klaus Iohannis ‘no external validation’ for vaccine

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said Wednesday that Romania would not use a Russian vaccine claiming to offer immunity against SARS-CoV-2, and will wait for the European Union to approve a tried and tested vaccine. "Romania is part of the EU and signs contracts with EU entities,” Iohannis said at...

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