special Envoy to Bucharest

just named, the Romanian government formed by the social democratic Party winner of the general elections in December 2016, has declared war on the judicial institution. There is nothing in the electoral programme of the PSD was no indication that this offensive had been prepared in secret by his chief, Liviu Dragnea, who was sentenced in the first case, in the same year, and feeling the prosecutors get closer to him.

In those first days of 2017, the european Commission welcomes “the positive trend displayed by Romania in the fight against corruption and protection of the independence of the judiciary these past three years.” The Commission has just enough time to send his encouragement that, on January 31, 2017, the government PSD decides, by order 13, to decriminalize certain offences in order to stop a number of investigations against politicians.

in Spite of – 20 °C outside, up to nearly half a million …

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