January 1, 2007 |
Fireworks and thousands of people dancing in the streets marked the entry of Romania and Bulgaria to the European Union. Hopes for prosperity and stability were echoed in politicians' speeches and the chatter from residents as blue and yellow EU flags fluttered over Bucharest and Sofia. The accession of the two nations raises the EU's membership to 27, almost half of which are former communist states.
December 9, 2006 |
The United States will take over a Romanian air base near the Black Sea, with as many as 1,500 American troops expected to begin training there starting in April, officials said. The U.S. will spend $34 million to upgrade the Mihail Kogalniceanu base, officials said. Human Rights Watch has singled out the base as a possible location of a clandestine CIA jail, but Romania has repeatedly denied that.
November 21, 2006 |
Two residents of Glod, Romania, who claimed they were tricked into participating in the satirical film "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," and were then depicted as thieves, racists and "simpletons," sued 20th Century Fox and the filmmakers for $30 million Monday alleging fraud and civil rights violations.
November 20, 2006 |
Attorneys representing the villagers of Glod, Romania, plan to file lawsuits today against "Borat" in New York, Florida and Germany, asking for more than $30 million in damages and seeking to stop further screening of the controversial comedy, which was No. 3 at the box office this past weekend, if scenes making fun of the villagers are not cut or changed.
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October 29, 2006 |
The first sign that Raj Tunaru's domestic violence case would not be typical was when he claimed diplomatic immunity during his arrest last month at a residence in mid-Wilshire. His immunity claim turned out to be false, and he was packed off to Los Angeles County Jail. Then the Romanian media started calling. Tunaru, it turned out, was a lesser Romanian politician, a former member of parliament and an unsuccessful presidential candidate in 2004.
September 27, 2006 |
Romania and Bulgaria gained support to join the European Union on Jan. 1. Formal approval is expected next month. The EU administrative body's backing was expected to be the last such move for some time, leaving Turkey, Croatia and other hopefuls on the sidelines. It urged the bloc to make aid to Bulgaria and Romania conditional on continued progress in cracking down on corruption and organized crime, improving justice and ensuring better food and aviation safety.
August 6, 2006 |
AT the end of its 1,771-mile journey across Europe, the mighty Danube River seems to give up trying to reach the Black Sea. It turns north, away from the coast, crosses the lonely steppe country, then frays into myriad channels, marshes, swamps and lakes edged by waterlogged willow trees. Colonies of birds fly in from Asia, Africa and Siberia. In the stalled, murky water, giant carp and catfish lurk, sought by fishermen who live in villages that can be reached only by boat.
April 30, 2006 |
CORINA SUTEU isn't happy to tell the true story behind "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu," the widely honored new Romanian film that traces the ill-fated journey of a paramedic and her patient. But Suteu's voice stays focused as she describes what happened that night in Bucharest. "Unfortunately, I am obliged to tell you it is true," she says. "But it was a huge scandal." In 1997, it seems, a female paramedic took a 52-year-old man to one hospital, then a second, a third, five in all.
April 25, 2006 |
Thousands of Romanians fled their homes and thousands more faced the same fate when the swollen Danube breached waterlogged dikes and threatened to break through more defenses. Fed by rain and melting snow, waterways have swamped vast tracts of land in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary this month, driving thousands from their homes.
April 22, 2006 |
Romania breached a major dike to divert floodwater threatening villages in the Danube delta, and Hungary evacuated thousands of people as swollen rivers continued to spread havoc across Eastern Europe. Almost 8,000 people have fled their homes in the Balkans. Farther north, authorities in Hungary evacuated 4,500 more from three towns near the confluence of the Tisza and Koros rivers.