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.
21 Mar 2018
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.
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.
13 Mar 2018
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.
27 Feb 2018
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.
14 Feb 2018
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.
7 Feb 2018
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.
29 Jan 2018
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.
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.
23 Jan 2018
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, .
14 Dec 2017
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.
12 Dec 2017
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.
21 Nov 2017
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.
20 Nov 2017
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.
8 Nov 2017
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.
25 Oct 2017
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.
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.
23 Oct 2017
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?
19 Oct 2017
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.
12 Oct 2017
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.
11 Oct 2017