Tens of thousands of Romanians have taken to the streets in protest against legislation they believe would make it even harder to fight high-level corruption. A very short honeymoon, then, for new PM Viorica Dancila.
Despite the cold and snow, about 30,000 people demonstrated on Saturday evening in the Romanian capital, Bucharest, against the left-liberal government's latest attempts to pass reforms of the justice system in the EU country.
Protesters and riot police scuffled briefly in the capital's University Square as the march moved toward parliament, but the protest generally passed off peacefully. Protesters shouted: "Thieves, thieves!" and "Resign!" as they marched.
Smaller protests took place in Cluj, Timisoara, Constanta, Bacau, Sibiu and Iasi.
New PM, but same old problems
President Klaus Iohannis last week nominated European Parliament lawmaker Viorica Dancila as prime minister after Mihai Tudose resigned following a power struggle within the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD).
Dancila has previously defended the legislation aimed at changing anti-corruption laws, which includes reforms that critics say would make it harder to prosecute corruption at high levels of government.