Romania’s corruption fight is a smokescreen to weaken its democracy
10 Jan 2017

The recent rise of the populist right in Hungary and Poland has raised the alarm about the future of democracy in Europe, as constitutional safeguards, media pluralism and civil society come under sustained attack.

But there is another threat hiding in plain sight: corruption in Romania, a country often lauded as an example of successful reform in central and eastern Europe.

The country has been praised by EU leaders for its crackdown on graft and its national anti-corruption body has been held up as a model for others to follow. But scratch beneath the surface and all is not as it appears.

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