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A good day for the rule of law in Romania

Tom Fox | May 7, 2017

February saw as many as 500,000 Romanians march in protest over what is perceived to be one of the most corrupt governments in Europe. Based on those protests, the government rescinded laws that relaxed criminal sanctions for governmental corruption. This week, the government tried to back-door in more laws to weaken the fight against corruption. Reports indicated the public responded with additional protests, which ultimately stopped the government’s actions.

The first action was a Romanian Senate bill that would have pardoned government officials who were convicted of receiving bribes. The second action came from the Romanian Constitutional Court that upheld legislation preventing citizens with criminal convictions from serving as government ministers. Although the protests against the legislative action were much smaller in size than those in February, the effect demonstrated...

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