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VP Biden emphasizes "profound” US interest in democracy and rule of law in Romania

According to a statement issued by the Office of the US Vice President, Joe Biden had a telephone call with Romanian President Traian Basescu to discus regional developments. Joe Biden expressed US ”appreciation for Romania’s continued contributions to NATO missions.
The United States has a profound interest in Romania’s success as a democratic partner with strong rule of law as we pursue our shared global responsibilities and our strategic partnership”, the official statement says. 

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07-07-2017

The Romanian Fiscal Agency's Raid on RISE Project – An Attempt to Intimidate the Press

The Romanian Fiscal Agency's Raid on RISE Project – An Attempt to Intimidate the Press

We are deeply concerned about the Romanian Agency for Fiscal Administration's (ANAF) raid on the reputed investigative journalism platform RISE Project, which we feel was an attempt to intimidate and silence the press. The context in which this “random” ANAF inspection took place (on Thursday, July 6th, exactly on the day when the journalists were announcing the publication of a new episode from their investigative report series regarding the PSD leader and the second day after Liviu Dragnea had publicly cast doubt upon the sources of RISE Project’s financing), as well as the unconvincing explanations of the ANAF leadership indicate that we are dealing with a show of force meant to pressure journalists and the free press through a state-run body. Such practices are often met in the former Soviet space controlled by Vladimir Putin and in Recep Tayyp Erdogan’s Turkey and they are incompatible with the values of a member state of the European Union and of NATO.

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