Romanians vote Sunday in a tight presidential contest amid hopes that the election will break a political impasse that has hampered the country’s access to foreign aid. Polls put incumbent Traian Basescu (photo) and his left-wing rival neck-and-neck.
Romanians vote on Sunday in a tight presidential contest with incumbent president Traian Basescu and his main left-wing challenger tied in opinion polls. The vote could help solve a governmental crisis that has paralysed the country for months.
US Vice-President Joe Biden says Romania has joined Poland in embracing the new US missile defence system that replaces plans for a European missile shield. Slovakia, however, has ruled out taking part.
President Traian Basescu has named Lucian Croitoru, Romania's former representative to the International Monetary Fund, to the post of prime minister after the collapse of the country’s centre-right administration.
The 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Herta Meuller, a Romanian-born German writer, for her works depicting the harsh conditions of life in Romania under dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's regime.
French coach Raymond Domenech received a public vote of confidence on Sunday despite another setback in his bid to qualify France for the 2010 World Cup. The French squad was held to a 1-1 draw against Romania this Saturday.
France wasted several major opportunities during a World Cup qualifier match against Romania this Saturday. After being held to a 1-1 draw, Les Bleus now face the prospect of finishing second in the group, behind Serbia.
French coach Raymond Domenech could well pick Toulouse striker Andre-Pierre Gignac (pictured) ahead of Real Madrid star Karim Benzema for France's potentially decisive qualifiers against Romania on Saturday and Serbia four days later.