US condemns suspension of Romanian judge over TikTok posts
BUCHAREST, Romania — (AP) — A well-known judge in Romania has been suspended from his position over videos he posted on the social media platform TikTok, a move that has drawn widespread criticism and condemnation from the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday. Danilet, who has amassed a large social media following, has for years been critical of Romania's judiciary and called for reforms, and has in the past organized protests against those who oppose reforms. “For many years I’ve been involved in the reform of (Romania’s) judiciary … I’ve got a lot of enemies for this kind of attitude. In Romania, it’s very difficult to make reforms of the judiciary, but also reforms of mentalities.”The U.S. Embassy in Bucharest said in a statement Tuesday that it's “deeply concerned" about Danilet's suspension. “Even if this decision is overturned by the High Court, the signal has been given.wftv.com
Romanian president nominates centrist party leader for PM
BUCHAREST, Romania — (AP) — Romania's president on Monday nominated centrist party leader Dacian Ciolos to be prime minister after a protracted political crisis culminated last week in the Liberal-led coalition government being ousted in a no-confidence vote. After a day of deliberations Monday with Romania’s political parties, President Klaus Iohannis nominated USR leader Ciolos to try to form a government. Ciolos previously served as prime minister between 2015 and 2017 in a caretaker cabinet. “We are ready to take responsibility for the government and start negotiations with the other parties," Ciolos said in a statement after his nomination. Romania's political crisis started in early September when outgoing Prime Minister Florin City sacked the USR-Plus justice minister for not signing off on a 10 billion euro ($11.5 billion) regional infrastructure development program.wftv.com
EU, UK leaders concede big gaps remain in post-Brexit talks
On fisheries, the EU has repeatedly said it wants an agreement that guarantees a reciprocal access to markets and waters. EU fishermen are keen to keep working in British waters and the U.K. seafood industry is extremely dependent on exports to the 27-nation bloc. Johnson has made fisheries and U.K. control over its waters a key demand in the long saga of Britain’s departure from the EU. “We give until Sunday to Boris Johnson to make a decision,” said Dacian Ciolos, president of the Renew Europe group in the European Parliament. “He said that, if no agreement could be reached, the UK and the EU would part as friends, with the UK trading with the EU on Australian-style terms.”Australia does not have a free trade deal with the EU.