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Zuzanna Ziomecka
Zuzanna Ziomecka EDITOR IN CHIEF
Lea Berriault-Jauvin
Lea Berriault Managing Editor

New accusations against Liviu Dragnea

Former PM Victor Ponta accused the leader of the Social Democratic Party of being entangled in an Israeli-Hungarian-Russian interest group. Dragnea is also under investigation for money laundering in Brazil.
Delia Budurca recommended by Delia Budurca NewsMavens, Romania
21 Mar 2018 Romania

Most powerful man in Romania investigated in Brazil

Liviu Dragnea, leader of the governing Social-Democratic Party, considered the most powerful man in Romania, is being investigated for money laundering in Brazil as well as fraud in his own country.
Claudia Ciobanu recommended by Claudia Ciobanu NewsMavens, Central & Eastern Europe
16 Mar 2018 Central & Eastern Europe

Politician who accused high-ranking officials of pedophilia faces extradition

Neringa Venckienė, a former judge and parliament member who fled from Lithuania to the U.S. in 2013, has been charged with violating a court order over the custody of her niece, whom she claims was abused.
Daiva Repeckaite recommended by Daiva Repeckaite NewsMavens, Malta
13 Mar 2018 Malta

Malta's building boom raises questions of cronyism

The Maltese government hired the private sector’s leading construction lobbyist as a consultant, paying him €19,000 to advise a minister on the property market.
Daiva Repeckaite recommended by Daiva Repeckaite NewsMavens, Malta
27 Feb 2018 Malta

Slovak PM rumored to leave politics after 10 years in office

Various sources from all sides of the political spectrum have confirmed that PM Robert Fico plans to resign and become a constitutional judge. If he does, it may trigger a tornado in the ruling party, Smer.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
14 Feb 2018 Slovakia

A ray of anti-corruption hope appears in Romania 

Dragos Băsescu, nephew of former president Traian Băsescu, was sentenced to three years in prison for influence peddling. The judges found him guilty of asking for one million euros in exchange for “solving” the legal troubles of a businessman.
Delia Budurca recommended by Delia Budurca NewsMavens, Romania
7 Feb 2018 Romania

Freedom House: Balkans are still "partly free"

The Balkan countries suffer from corruption, weak institutions and a lack of media freedom, according to a recent report from a U.S. watchdog group.
Lidija Pisker recommended by Lidija Pisker NewsMavens, Southern Europe
29 Jan 2018 Southern Europe

Why Romania’s Social Democrats need to change

Romania’s ruling Social Democrat Party faces a structural problem that it's not willing to acknowledge -- it fails to grow and manage its human resources to fill administrative positions in the government.
Ana Maria Luca recommended by Ana Maria Luca NewsMavens, Central & Eastern Europe
24 Jan 2018 Central & Eastern Europe

Is Hungary a healthy democracy?

The Hungarian prosecutor's office is investigating a deal between the government and a power company previously co-owned by the prime minister's son-in-law.
Ivett Korösi recommended by Ivett Korösi Nepszava, Hungary
23 Jan 2018 Hungary

Buwog affair – The biggest corruption scandal in Austria

Karl-Heinz Grasser, the former Minister of Finance and shooting star of the last FPÖ ÖVP government, along with the most powerful lobbyists in the country, are about to be tried for corruption, .
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
14 Dec 2017 Austria

US Ambassador in Romania ties weakening judiciary with growing Russian influence

The US Ambassador in Romania, Hans Klemm, expressed his “profound concern” over the current parliamentary debates, which could “undermine everything that Romania has done in the last 15-20 years” to counter corruption.
Delia Budurca recommended by Delia Budurca NewsMavens, Romania
12 Dec 2017 Romania

Romanians resist government's questionable reforms

Thousands of Romanians demonstrated on Sunday evening against plans to impose a package of judiciary laws and to amend the current fiscal code. While the government pretends to emphatize, it seems determined not to steer off course.
Delia Budurca recommended by Delia Budurca NewsMavens, Romania
21 Nov 2017 Romania

Meet the young woman leading anti-corruption efforts in Slovakia

Zuzana Hlávková, age 27, is a whistleblower who exposed misuses in media campaigns for the Slovak EU Presidency.  She has just been recognized for bravery and civil activism.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
20 Nov 2017 Slovakia

Slovak PM silent after political blow

When Smer won six out of eight governorships in Slovakia, Prime Minister Robert Fico spoke up immediately after the results had gone public. But this year, four days after the elections, he remains silent.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
8 Nov 2017 Slovakia

When work and life don't balance

Peter Kovařík, newly appointed head of Slovakia's anti-corruption office, is married to a woman employed by fascist leader Marian Kotleba.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
25 Oct 2017 Slovakia

Media games -- when politicians run their own portals

The void in regulations of the media ownership matters in Bosnia and Herzegovina has made it possible for the political parties to create a number of party “bulletin boards” masked as online news media.   
Tijana Cvjeticanin recommended by Tijana Cvjeticanin Istinomjer, Bosnia and Herzegovina
23 Oct 2017 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Media mogul arrested for ordering a murder

Until not long ago, powerful and influential people seemed untouchable. But ... this latest development is encouraging a feeling that justice is possible in Slovakia.  
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
23 Oct 2017 Slovakia

Former MPs finally see justice in major corruption scandal

Ten years after a dodgy former Slovak MPs mishandled a 90 million EUR tender, the first sentences have finally been handed down. How long are we going to wait for the next ones?
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
19 Oct 2017 Slovakia

Political Spouses to the Guillotine 

French MP François-Michel Lambert will quit if he’s forced to fire his wife. Now that France’s new law on the moralization of political life has come into effect, he's obliged to do just that.
Editorial Team recommended by Editorial Team NewsMavens, Europe
12 Oct 2017 Europe

Slovakia pays 'mates rates'

Before Radomír Bžán's links to the ruling party were published in the media, Slovak politicians didn't think 64 million EUR was too much to pay in legal fees.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
11 Oct 2017 Slovakia
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