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1 Corruption

Protests in Romania

An emergency government decree that eases penalties for corruption offences has triggered the biggest street protests in Romania since the fall of Communism. Protesters see the decree as an attempt to weaken the fight against corruption and help politicians avoid criminal prosecution on graft charges. The decree prompted harsh reaction on the part of the European Commission, the embassies of Western countries in Bucharest and business organisations, including AmCham in Romania. President Klaus Iohannis has said he will challenge it at the Constitutional Court.

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people gathered on February 5 in Bucharest and other Romanian cities in the biggest rallies since the fall of communism in 1989 to ask for the government's resignation even though the cabinet earlier repealed its decree that eases or scraps penalties for corruption ofences.