NEWS WATCH: Romania, EU, Concerned About Gypsy Deportations From France

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BUDAPEST/BUCHAREST (BosNewsLife)-- Romania has expressed concern about the deportations of Gypsies, or Roma, from France, saying it could lead to "xenophobic reactions". Friday's statement came as French authorities put some 100Roma, on a charter flight headed to their native Romania after expelling scores of others on Thursday.

NEWS WATCH: Experts Exhume Bodies of Romanian Dictator, Wife

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Forensic analysts have exhumed what are believed to be the bodies of late Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, who were executed in 1989. It comes after relatives raised doubts that the couple was really buried in Romania's capital Bucharest.

NEWS WATCH: Romania’s President Wins First Round Of Controversial Election

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife 2513602070_0742abf7981BUCHAREST/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Latest official results show that Romanian President Traian Basescu has won the first round of Sunday's presidential ballot with about 32.5 percent of the vote. His main rival Mircea Geoana received about 30.8 percent. However, the poll has been overshadowed by reported election fraud and a political and economic crisis in the country.

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 Download (MP3) 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 ALERT: Anti-Communists Storm Moldova’s Parliament (News Watch)

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife protest-in-chisinau-deno-001CHISINAU, MOLDOVA (BosNewsLife)-- Facing student-led demonstrations, the Moldova's ruling Communists has agreed to recount parliamentary election returns that gave the victory in Sunday's vote to the Communist Party.

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.

NEWS WATCH: Romania Holds Parliamentary Elections Amid Economic Crisis

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BUDAPEST/BUCHAREST (BosNewsLife)-- Voters in Romania were electing a new parliament Sunday, November 30, amid concerns the global economic crisis will bring layoffs and painful austerity measures to the former Communist nation. Opinion polls showed that voters were likely to punish Romania's current pro-Western leaders who have been criticized as out of touch with Romanians.

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