EU Takes Aim at Romania Over Rule of Law

It’s becoming almost routine: The leader of an Eastern European country is brought to Brussels and harshly criticized for allegedly undermining the rule of law and democracy back home. On Wednesday, it was the turn of Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, a Social Democrat.

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Europe Worries Over Attacks on Journalists, Press Freedom

A Sicilian journalist’s house was searched last week by Italian authorities and his telephone and computer hard drives were combed over. What was his offense? He wrote an article in March revealing leaked details about a probe into alleged police misconduct in the investigation following one of Italy’s most troubling and murky crimes, the car bombing of an anti-mafia judge in 1992.

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Maduro’s Stepsons Face Scrutiny in $1.2 Billion Graft Case

As President Nicolas Maduro has pushed forward with his plan to rescue Venezuela’s cratering economy, U.S. prosecutors are looking into whether members of his family were simultaneously benefiting from what they contend was a scheme to siphon off $1.2 billion from the state-owned oil company, two people familiar with the U.S. investigation told The Associated Press.

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