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Romania Takes New Swipe at Anti-Corruption Drive With Decree

The Romanian parliament building stands in the background in Bucharest.

The Romanian parliament building stands in the background in Bucharest.

Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Romania moved to further blunt an unprecedented crackdown on crooked officials in what’s one of the European Union’s most corrupt nations.

An emergency government decree published late Tuesday will make it harder for prosecutors to join the National Anti-Corruption Directorate, which has led the Black Sea country’s graft-fighting efforts. The move is reminiscent of measures taken almost two years ago that were reversed after they sparked the biggest street protests since the fall of communism.