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President Klaus Iohannis has announced that a referendum on changes in the judiciary will be held soon. A low voter turnout may be a real obstacle to the implementation of his propositions. The plebiscite will certainly be part of an election campaign just before the autumn parliamentary elections.
Romanian Ministry of Defence decided to buy another five F-16 fighting aircraft. Similarly as with the previous purchases, this concerns second-hand units from Portugal. In total, Romania will have seventeen aircraft of this kind. Ultimately, American F-16 jets are to fully replace obsolete MiG 21.
Representatives of the Venice Commission have announced that they are going to discuss ideas for changes in the judiciary and the penal code with Romania’s authorities. Their visit just happens to coincide with the dismissal of the Minister of Justice who exposed the behind-the-scenes process of implementing reforms carried out by the ruling PSD-ALDE coalition.
The incident happened last weekend in the Kandahar province where an improvised explosive device was detonated. After the explosion, soldiers were shot by the terrorists.
This is another part of the conflict between Laura Codruța Kövesi and the Romanian government. The former chief of the anticorruption services is strongly supported by the European elites. Meanwhile, several court procedures are being held against her. Kövesi claims that this is an attempt of blocking her candidacy for the President of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office.
Firstly the referendum, now the Senate’s decision. The possibility of registering partnerships and same-sex marriages was dismissed in Romania.
The conflict between PM of Romania and President of Romania was especially visible in the international arena during the speech of PM of Romania to the representatives of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) which took place on March 24, 2019, in Washington. Then, PM of Romania declared that the Romanian embassy would be relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
During her Thursday (21.03.2019) speech in the European Parliament in Brussels, the Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dăncilă stated that the European Union needed a new impulse for further actions. The Romanian PM underlined that Romania, which took over the governance over the Council of the European Union in January 2019, would act in favour of changes in the alliance.
The decision announced by Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă concerning the relocation of Romania’s embassy in Israel has caused quite a stir both among politicians and the global media. Although Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are separated from each other by just over one-hour car ride, this political move may result in more than mere symbolic changes.
Talks on the possible future construction of a new nuclear power plant have recently been initiated in Romania. This time, however, they are not focused on building a huge nuclear power plant, such as the one already existing in the town of Cernavodă, but rather about the possible implementation of modern modular reactors.
The representatives of the ACUM party questioned the results of the Sunday elections due to the fact that part of the votes was cast in Transnistria, an area uncontrolled by the Moldovan administration. According to the co-leader of the ACUM party, Maia Sandu, the votes cast in the elections in districts located in Transnistria should be annulled by the Constitutional Court.
Such an opinion has been voiced by David Schlaefer, a political counsellor at the U. S. Embassy in Bucharest. In an interview published on the Digi24 television channel, he observed that Russia’s actions in Romania might worsen this country’s relations with both the United States and the European Union. The Russians are widely known for spreading fake news via various media channels and using it as a political weapon.
The victory of socialists, but without the majority allowing for independent governance. Last Sunday, residents of the Republic of Moldova with a 3.5-million population took part in parliamentary elections. At the opportunity, a referendum in which people voted for and against the decrease in the number of parliamentarians and the possibility to revoke them in case of failure to fulfil their obligations was organised.
Representatives of the ACUM (Now) oppositional bloc stated that President Dodon presented a plan of the federalisation of Moldova during the conference on security which took place in Munich on February 16, 2019. The president himself announced that he presented the main objectives of the foreign policy of Moldova during the talks with partners in Munich.