Ahead of parliamentary elections in Romania, we spotlight the city of Sibiu to gauge mood among an electorate weary of corruption and inefficiency. The vote could see gains for the opposition Social Democrats.
Liviu Dragnea, head of Romania's ruling Social Democrats and parliamentary president, has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison. This is the end of the road for the corrupt politician, says Robert Schwartz.
Romania is ranked among the most corrupt countries in the European Union. Critics accuse the ruling Social Democrats of approving measures to make the situation even worse.
Dubbed Romania's most powerful politician, the ruling PSD party leader has been found guilty of abuse of office. Romania has struggled against a concerted campaign to change the country's anti-corruption laws.
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