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    Romania’s Protests Continue Despite Government Walkback

    When you’ve lost the public trust, you’ve lost everything. Protests in Bucharest and across Romania have continued for nearly two straight weeks, sparked by the government’s introduction of an emergency decree decriminalizing some corruption offenses. Romania’s anti-corruption directorate is one of the country’s few trusted institutions, and hundreds of thousands of enraged citizens spurred officials to respond. They rescinded the edict and Justice Minister Florin Lordache resigned last week. Protests seemed to be waning — but this weekend saw more massive demonstrations seeking Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu’s resignation.

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