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The case of KÖVESI v. ROMANIA

The European Court of Human Rights rules: Kövesi's dismissal as head of the Romanian anti-corruption agency was illegal

The current head of the newly created European Public Prosecutor's Office, Laura Codruța Kövesi, comes from Romania. There, she served as Attorney General for six years and heades the Romanian Anti-Corruption Agency (DNA) from 2013, until she was released in July 2018 in a controversial case and after a decision by the Romanian Constitutional Court. Kövesi appealed to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg against this dismissal. On May 5, 2020, the ECtHR ruled that her release has run against the standards of the European “Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms” (ECHR). In this (particularly in Romania) highly anticipated decision, the Court found that the Romanian state's dismissal of Ms Kövesi had violated her rights to freedom of expression and fair trial as laid down in Article 10 and Article 6 ECHR.

The European Elections from the Inside

Election Report issued by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung European Office regarding the 2019 European Parliament

The Election Report entitled “European Elections from the Inside” presents the results from the 2019 European Parliament elections from both a European and national perspective. Together with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s other overseas offices, we have compiled a concise overview for each of the 28 Member States of the European Union (EU), which analyses the results in the respective countries against the backdrop of current developments. In doing so, this series of reports therefore makes a significant contribution to enabling a more in-depth understanding of the overall results from the 2019 European elections.

The influence of external actors in the Western Balkans

A map of geopolitical players

The aim of this report is to look closely at the activities of external actors in the Western Balkans and to describe their function and role, intentions and interests, and the resources at their disposal. It also considers local and regional perceptions and sensitivities and evaluates the involvement of these external actors from a European and German perspective. This report forms part of our wide range of activities and projects that aim the integration of the Western Balkan states into the European Union and promote dialogue on foreign and security policy issues in Germany.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung mourns the loss of Helmut Kohl

On the death of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and former President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, writes:

Forgive and Forget? The June 1990 Mineriad

Perspectives on the events of 13th-15th of June 1990 in Romania.

Ballistic Missile Defense System In Europe

The Romanian Component

An announcement that Romania had accepted the US’s request of deploying elements of the American ballistic missile defense system in Europe to Romanian soil was made by President Traian Basescu after an extraordinary meeting of the Supreme Defense Council (CSAT) on February 4, 2010. The Romanian President assured the nation that the operation did not target Russia and that it was meant to protect the entire territory of the country against threats originating from the Middle East with several land-based rocket systems. The CSAT decision is pending Parliament approval under the Romanian law.

The New Romanian Government Coalition between Center-Right and Center-Left

The November 30th parliamentary elections results brought together at the negotiation table four political parties that aimed at forming the government coalition.

The Democratic Party from Romania became an Associate Member of the European People’s Party

On November 9, the European People’s Party (EPP) upgraded the Democratic Party (PD) from Romania status, from Observer Member to Associate Member. The strengthened relationship between EPP and PD represents an important political action both at the level of European representation of the Romanian political parties and at the level of the internal political scene from Romania.

State of EU accession criteria in Romania

The reform of justice in Romania is one of the toughest reforms expected from Romania and a key-point in ensuring EU membership. After 15 years of inefficiency, lack of professionalism and integrity of legal professions generalized corruption and interference of the political sphere into the justice act, the justice reform was initiated in the beginning of the year by the current reformist Minister of Justice: Mrs. Monica Macovei, an outstanding legal expert and former human rights activist with the Helsinki Committee – Bucharest.

"Klaus Iohannis steht für Korruptionsfreiheit"

Sven-Joachim Irmer im Deutschlandradio Kultur-Interview zu den Chancen von Präsidentschaftskandidat Klaus Iohannis

In Rumänien kandidiert der deutschstämmige Rumäne Klaus Iohannis für die Präsidentschaftswahlen. In einem ersten Wahlgang erzielten er und sein Gegenkandidat Victor Ponta aber keine absolute Mehrheit, so dass es am 16. November zu einer Stichwahl kommen wird. Sven-Joachim Irmer, Leiter des KAS-Auslandsbüros in Rumänien, sieht gute Chancen für Iohannis, die Wahl zu gewinnen. „Er ist Vorbild für die kommunale Entwicklung und deshalb traut man ihm auch vieles zu“, sagte Irmer im Interview mit Deutschlandradio Kultur.