Radu Marinas

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11 Aug 2014 | 9:25 PM

Romanian opposition chooses Transylvanian mayor to challenge for presidency

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's centre-right opposition on Monday nominated an ethnic German provincial mayor from Transylvania as candidate for president, pitting him against leftist Prime Minister Victor Ponta who is favoured to win.

22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 AM

Romania's Basescu slams EU for soft Putin stance

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's President Traian Basescu on Monday accused the European Union of being weak and too slow in imposing sanctions on Russia to deter it from encroaching further into Europe after its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea.

14 Jul 2014 | 9:51 PM

Ethnic German emerges as a top challenger for Romanian president

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - The ethnic German mayor of a Transylvanian city has emerged as leftist Prime Minister Victor Ponta's strongest challenger in a forthcoming Romanian presidential election, an opinion poll showed on Monday.

29 May 2014 | 12:55 AM

EU's Balkan citizens take anti-immigrant vote in their stride

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Britons have a right to worry if Romanians move in next door, or so says the man who triumphed in European Parliament elections. But despite such hostility, Romanians themselves still cherish the European Union as their best chance of escaping poverty.

18 Apr 2014 | 8:55 PM

Romania's stray dogs find help from teenager who uses Facebook to save them

A 13-year-old girl's love and sympathy for stray dogs has inspired her to take up the crusade to save them from certain death.

Unloved: Stray dogs look out from their enclosure at Dogtown kennel in Uzunu, 40km south of Bucharest, Romania. It's estimated there are 60,000 strays in the city, and in the past two months, 2,000 have been euthanised by local authorities. – Reuters
15 Mar 2014 | 4:30 AM

Romania bars Hungarian 'extremists' on eve of national day

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania has barred what it says are Hungarian extremists from four different organisations from entering the country, moving to prevent possible clashes when ethnic Hungarians celebrate their national day in Romania on Saturday.

12 Mar 2014 | 12:10 AM

Romanian MPs block corruption investigation of ex-finance minister

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's lower house of parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to block an investigation by state prosecutors of former Finance Minister Daniel Chitoiu who they suspect abused his power to further the interests of a private insurance company.

6 Mar 2014 | 1:36 AM

Romania president ratifies latest review of IMF aid deal

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's President Traian Basescu ratified the latest review of a 4 billion euro aid deal with the IMF on Wednesday, ending a weeks-long standoff over a deal seen as key to the country's economic credibility.

5 Mar 2014 | 8:00 PM

Romanian opposition MPs challenge new government

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta faced a constitutional challenge from the centrist opposition on Wednesday that could very briefly hinder pursuit of IMF-backed reforms but seemed unlikely to scuttle his newly-forged coalition government.

5 Mar 2014 | 1:36 AM

Romanian government wins confidence vote after split

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta won a confidence vote in parliament on Tuesday, as expected, securing a new mandate to push through a series of IMF-backed reforms aimed at speeding up growth in the European Union's second-poorest country.