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Liviu Dragnea, the head of Romania’s Social Democratic Party, is surrounded by media as he arrives at the anti-corruption prosecutors’ office, Bucharest, Romania, April 27, 2018 (AP photo by Vadim Ghirda).

Invoking Trump-Like Rhetoric, Romania’s Leaders Chip Away at Independent Institutions

Friday, Aug. 3, 2018

After the storm, the calm? A month after Romania’s most powerful man was convicted of abuse of power and sentenced to three and a half years in prison, some Romanians expected a political earthquake. Instead, much of the country is heading to their summer holiday on the beaches of the Black Sea.

But the political drama in Bucharest isn’t over. Liviu Dragnea, the head of the ruling Social Democratic Party, or PSD, is appealing his late June conviction, while continuing his bellicose rhetoric about a “deep state” that is out to get him, picking up a line from U.S. President Donald Trump. ...

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