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Three portly cameramen struggle up the steps of the courthouse in central Bucharest, brushing past smokers sweating in the midsummer heat as they push their way into its cool marble halls.
Inside, dozens of prosecutors in black gowns glide in and out of the wood-panelled rooms of Bucharest’s Court of Appeal, attending to an unrelenting stream of highly publicised corruption cases that is not only generating a media frenzy but has begun to disrupt the government’s long awaited tax reforms.
Romania — once considered one of the EU’s most corrupt countries — has become an anti-graft test bed. High-profile convictions have transformed public perceptions of its anti-corruption directorate, the DNA: once seen as a paper tiger established as a condition for EU membership, it is now hailed as a fearsome adversary of even the country’s most powerful politicians.
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