For many Romanians, the post-Communist era has brought dashed hopes rather than positive change. Romania's rampant corruption, obstruction of justice, high poverty rates and failure to uphold democratic standards also worry other EU members.
Romania's Social Democrat-led coalition government has collapsed. As Prime Minister Viorica Dancila clings to power, her party is sliding toward political insignificance, says DW's Robert Schwartz.
Over 20,000 took to the streets of Bucharest to protest the Social Democrat-led government. The demonstrations were organized by Romanian expatriates angry over widespread corruption and attacks on the judiciary.
Twenty percent of Romanians live and work abroad — more than in any other EU country. But that doesn't mean they are ignoring political events at home.
While EU leaders meet in the Romanian city of Sibiu to contemplate the future of the bloc, many Roma people still inhabit squalid settlements. Barbara Wesel reports.
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