NEWS WATCH: New Romanian President Sworn-In Amid Challenges

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BUDAPEST/BUCHAREST (BosNewsLife) Romania's Parliament has sworn in the first ethnic German as president of the former Communist nation, at a time when the country remembers the 25th anniversary of a bloody revolution that ended decades of Communist dictatorship. Former mayor Klaus Iohannis promised a different style from the combative outgoing president Traian Basescu

BEST OF BOSNEWSLIFE: Massive Exodus Of Street Children Into Western Europe


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest

ae011BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Key non-governmental groups and officials have urged the European Union to urgently tackle the "growing problem" of street children moving from Eastern to Western Europe, by improving cross-border cooperation and child protection.

NEWS WATCH: Romania Presidential Poll Overshadowed By Political Turmoil


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

ap_romania_voting_ballots_elections_22nov092BUCHAREST, ROMANIA (BosNewsLife)-- Romanians vote Sunday, November 22, in a presidential election with president Traian Basescu and his main left-wing challenger tied in opinion polls. The international community hopes the vote will resolve a government crisis that has paralyzed Romania, which is facing a major economic crisis.

NEWS WATCH: US VP Warns Europe of Missile Threats


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest

bideneurope11BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has called on America's European allies to step-up their defense efforts, saying they the face growing security threats from outside Europe. Biden made the comments in Bucharest, Romania Thursday, October 22, before ending his Central and Eastern European tour in the Czech Republic.

NEWS WATCH: Romania Denies Involvement in Moldova’s Riots


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

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ap-moldova-riot-police-stand-guard-in-front-of-heavily-damaged-presidential-palace-in-chisinau-eng-210-8apr09BUDAPEST/BUCHAREST/CHISINAU (BosNewsLife)-- Romania is denying Moldovan accusations that it was involved in violent anti-government protests in Moldova, which left at least one woman dead and injured some 100 others. The denial came after Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin ordered the expulsion of Romania's ambassador and the introduction of visa requirements for Moldova's Western neighbor.

NEWS WATCH: Former Communists Claim Romanian Elections


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- The left leaning Social Democratic Party, the successor of the former Communist party, has won the most votes in Romania's first parliamentary elections since becoming a member of the European Union last year.