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Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party fired six ministers on Monday as the beleaguered party chairman sought to tighten his grip on the government. | 11/19/18
Romania's president said Monday his country isn't ready to take over the European Union's rotating presidency on Jan. 1 and called for the government to step down. | 11/12/18
President Trump’s personal lawyer said his letter to the Romanian president was part of his private practice and had “nothing to do with the U.S. government.” | 8/29/18
Thousands stage anti-government rallies in Bucharest and other cities after clashes on Friday. | 8/12/18
The protests were organised and promoted by groups of Romanians working abroad, angry at what they say is entrenched corruption, low wages and attempts by the PSD to weaken the judiciary. | 8/11/18
Romania's chief anti-corruption prosecutor was fired Monday over misconduct and incompetence accusations by her own government ministry, raising concerns at home and abroad about the country's commitment to fight corruption. | 7/9/18
Anti-government protesters in Romania who are angry about new legislation they say will facilitate high-level corruption briefly scuffled Wednesday with police, who detained a German journalist. | 6/20/18
Romania has aggressively joined the club of former Soviet bloc nations vying for international film business, jumping beyond the usual range of rebates of 20% to 25% on production spend with a 35% offer. Following more than a decade of debate and foot-dragging, the Romanian government finally heeded the request of local producers, approving the rebate package Wednesday and setting aside […] | 6/15/18
Supporters of the Romanian government are assembling in the capital dressed in white to protest alleged abuses committed by anti-corruption prosecutors. | 6/9/18

In a year that has offered a number of strong female performances and ensemble casts, this year’s Cannes Film Festival might have finally found a powerhouse best actor-award frontrunner in “At War” lead Vincent Lindon.

The only hitch? Lindon’s main competitor could be the memory of another performance of his.

The French star won the festival’s Best Actor prize for 2015’s similar “The Measure of a Man,” a semi-improvised social drama that teamed him with director Stéphane Brizé and troupe of non-professional thespians playing version of themselves in order to explore questions of class and economic displacement.

“At War” does the more or less the same thing — and like that previous entry, it achieves the same powerful, if somewhat self-limiting, results.

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Lindon plays Laurent, a blue-collar union rep in southwest France. By the time the film opens, he and fellow workers are already two months into a labor strike, halting down all operations at the plant where they work in order to protest its impending shutdown and move to the cheaper labor market of Romania.

As its fiery title might indicate, the film moves forward as a series of tense interactions, doomed negotiations and stormy protests. There’s little reprieve in this escalating tale of futile anger and post-globalized doom, but Brizé nevertheless manages to wrangle the controlled chaos into a satisfying and straightforward narrative.

That was probably easier said than done, considering the film’s seemingly caught-on-the-fly nature and cast of real-life figures, listed under their own names in the credits. Brizé has no use for pie-eyed optimism – both he and his protagonist Laurent know that the 1,100 striking workers have little chance of holding on to their jobs, but then, what else are they supposed to do but rage against the dying of the light?

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And in that sense, the director once again makes great use of Lindon’s brooding, virile screen presence. The labor reps will never upend the international system that has deemed him and his fellow workers acceptable collateral damage, but they can use their bodies and their voices to at least force their way into the boardroom to get told-off face to face.

And so each organized action leads to another pyrrhic victory as Laurent and his band shout and stomp their way up the corporate ladder. At one point, they meet with a high-ranking government official, who says that while government will do little to help them in their struggle to keep their jobs, it does offer them rhetorical support. Though Brizé plays the interaction as another frustrating roadblock for workers at risk of losing everything, the scene has the ironic effect of mirroring the film’s own intent.

“At War” will ultimately offer very little material assistance to the world’s forgotten women and men — but it can amplify their stories.

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Thousands of people have gathered in Romania's capital to protest a contentious judicial overhaul they say will make it harder to prosecute senior officials for graft. | 5/12/18
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Romania's ruling Social Democracy party has begun a congress amid criticism of the government and the party chairman's leadership. | 3/10/18

BUCHAREST, RomaniaRomania's first female prime minister was sworn in Wednesday as the country's third head of government in a year amid ongoing anti-corruption protests.

Viorica Dancila, 54, a European Parliament lawmaker before being elected premier, and her Cabinet took their oaths of office, which were administered by President Klaus Iohannis.

Prime Minister-designate Viorica Dancila has presented her government lineup of 27 ministers as Romania prepares for its third premier in a year. | 1/26/18

BUCHAREST, Romania — Tens of thousands of Romanians on Saturday protested against legislation passed by Parliament which critics say will make it harder to prosecute crime and high-level corruption.

Protesters briefly scuffled with riot police as they massed in Bucharest's University Square. Protesters shouted: "Thieves, thieves!" and "Resign!" and blew whistles and waved Romanian flags. They then marched toward Parliament.

Protesters of all ages came to vent their anger at the left-wing government, some accompanied by dogs or children.

European Union ambassadors have urged Romania's government not to undermine the independence of the legal system amid a contentious overhaul of judicial laws. | 12/21/17

Politics of Romania take place in a framework of a semi-presidential parliamentary representative democratic republic, whereby the Prime Minister of Romania is the head of government and the President of Romania exercises the functions of head of state. Romania has a multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the two chambers of parliament, the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. The judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature. Romania's 1991 constitution, amended in 2003 proclaims Romania a democratic and social republic, deriving its sovereignty from the people. It also states that "human dignity, civic rights and freedoms, the unhindered development of human personality, justice, and political pluralism are supreme and guaranteed values". The constitution provides for a President, a Parliament, a Constitutional Court and a separate system of lower courts that includes The High Court of Cassation and Justice. The right to vote is granted to all citizens over 18 years of age.

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