Bucharest is the capital of Romania, and the country's largest city. In the early 20th century, it came to be known as the "Paris of the East."
Bucharest was first mentioned in documents in 1459, and became the capital of Romania in 1862. Many buildings in the historic city center were destroyed during Nicolae Ceausescu's dictatorship in his program of so-called "systematization," and replaced by communist tower blocks. The Romanian capital is home to the world's second biggest administrative building after the Pentagon: the Palace of Parliament, erected in the 1980s under Ceausescu's regime. Here you can find an automatic compilation of DW content on Bucharest.
Romania has long struggled with corruption but in recent years significant efforts have gone into cleaning up the country. Those efforts are now under threat. Moves to decriminalise low-level corruption in January 2017 led to the largest protests in the country since the fall of communism in 1989. An announcement last week has brought people back on the streets. From Bucharest, Kit Gillet reports.
First Poland and Hungary — now Romania, too, is set to reshape its judicial system, disregarding heavy criticism at home and abroad. The Romanian president must now decide whether the reform will come into effect.
Anti-government demonstrations have entered their 13th consecutive day in response to Bucharest's attempt to ease anti-corruption laws. Protests have been staged across the nation, marking the largest rallies since 1989.