25 March 2018, UPDATE

25 march 2018, update Romanian justice minister Tudorel Toader travels to Serbia. / Flood alert in place for rivers in south of Romania and the Danube Delta.

Extradition. The Romanian justice minister Tudorel Toader will travel to Belgrade on Monday for a meeting with his Serbian counterpart Nela Kuburovich. The two are also expected to discuss the situation of the former Romanian MP and businessman Sebastian Ghita who fled to Serbia just before an interview with the National Anticorruption Directorate and one day before his parliamentary immunity was about to expire. The Romanian justice minister has said recently that the Romanian side has handed over all the information needed for Ghita to be extradited. The latter is the subject of several criminal cases in Romania. Seen as a close aide of the former Social Democratic prime minister Victor Ponta, Ghita fled the country in December 2016 and was arrested in Serbia in April last year. The Romanian authorities are now trying to obtain his extradition.

Anniversary. A large rally to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the union of Bassarabia with Romania was held on Sunday in Chisinau, the capital of the ex-Soviet, majority-Romanian speaking Republic of Moldova. The participants adopted a proclamation in which they pledge to seek reunification with Romania. The event was also attended by Romanian politicians, including the former president Traian Basescu. A province with a majority ethnic Romanian population that formed part of the Tsarist Empire, Bassarabia became united with Romania at the end of the First World War, on the 27th of March 1918. The Soviet Union later re-annexed Bassarabia in 1940 following an ultimatum, and created today's Republic of Moldova on its territory. The 100th anniversary of the union of Bassarabia with Romania will also be celebrated by the Parliament in Bucharest on Tuesday through a special meeting.

Palm Sunday. Roman-Catholic Christians across the world, including Romania, which is a majority Orthodox country, celebrated Palm Sunday, which marks the beginning of Passion Week. The celebration honours Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, where he was greeted by people holding fig branches. In Bucharest, believers took part in a procession held in the centre of the city. On Palm Sunday, the Roman-Catholic Church also celebrates World Youth Day, which is now in its 33rd year. On this occasion, Pope Francis urged young people to overcome their fears, to be authentic and have courage in loving God and their peers, after the example of the Virgin Mary. Catholics and Roman-Catholics celebrate Easter next Sunday, followed by the Orthodox and the Greek-Catholics a week later.

Catalonia. The former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont was detained on Sunday in Germany after the Spanish authorities issued an international arrest warrant for six Catalan politicians who fled abroad, including Puigdemont. 25 separatist politicians are to appear before the Supreme Court in Madrid on charges of rebellion, misuse of public funds and disobeying the state. On the 27th of October last year, the Catalan Parliament approved through secret vote the proclamation of the region's independence from Spain and the creation of a republic based on a referendum. Later, the Spanish Senate suspended Catalonia's autonomy and sacked all regional leaders, saying the declaration of independence was illegal.

Flood alert. Temperatures will continue to rise slightly in the next 24 hours in most of Romania, but it's still colder than usual at this time of the year. Rain is expected in the south and south-east and sleet in the mountains. Hydrologists have issued a yellow code alert for flooding from Monday lunch-time until Wednesday evening for rivers in several counties in southern Romania. An orange code alert is also in place until the end of the month warning of flooding on several sections of the river Danube and in the Danube Delta. 

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