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Scandal adds to EU pressure on Bucharest

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Romania’s embattled government is coming under increasing pressure over a corruption scandal involving its former agriculture minister. Decebal Remes was sacked after he was secretly filmed allegedly taking a bribe from a businessman. Prosecutors are also investigating several other current and former government ministers over corruption allegations.

The dismissal of Remes came a day after the European Commission gave the new EU member state one month to overhaul its agricultural payments system or face cuts in subsidies.

The Commission’s ultimatum on farm aid and the media scandal surrounding Remes are the latest blows to the government, which narrowly survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote last week.