Scratching the Surface: Romania’s Fight Against Corruption

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta gestures during a special parliament session, Bucharest, Romania, Sept. 29, 2015, before facing a no-confidence vote (AP photo by Octav Ganea).
Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta gestures during a special parliament session, Bucharest, Romania, Sept. 29, 2015, before facing a no-confidence vote (AP photo by Octav Ganea).

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on the impact of corruption and various countries’ efforts to combat it. Barely noticed by a world preoccupied with crises ranging from migrants and refugees in Europe and fighting in Ukraine, to civil war in Syria and stock-market plunges in China, Romania put its prime minister on trial for corruption on Sept. 21. Victor Ponta, who stubbornly remains in office and denies all charges, stands accused of a range of activities largely committed before his tenure as premier, when he was working as a lawyer. That the sitting head […]

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