Romanian protesters recently faced the most violent police response since the 1989 revolution. Liviu Dragnea, of the ruling Social Democrats, is doing all he can to cling to power. But criticism of the PSD leader is growing.
Romania has taken over the presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first half of 2019. Despite the ruling party's incompetence and anti-EU rhetoric, Bucharest cannot do much harm, says Robert Schwartz.
Authorities fired tear gas and water cannons in Paris during scuffles between police and protesters. President Emmanuel Macron's plans for a three-month public debate have done little to assuage anger.
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.
Just as Romania is set to take over the presidency of the Council of the EU, the government in Bucharest has shown its true colors. The Communist Party, presumed dead, is actually alive and well, writes Robert Schwartz.
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