President of Conseil Donald Tusk (L) welcomes Romanian Prime minister Klaus Werner Iohannis prior to their meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels on January 31, 2018. / AFP / JOHN THYS
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Romania's President Klaus Iohannis told the European Union Wednesday he would fight for the independence of his country's courts, which he and Brussels say is threatened by draft laws prepared by the Social Democrat-led government.The EU's executive Commission said the laws, if approved, would ensure Romania remained outside the bloc's Schengen zone of free travel, though it said it had no plans to initiate a punitive procedure against Bucharest over that.Romania's judicial system remains under special EU monitoring.However, Juncker said he had "no intention whatsoever" to launch punitive action against Romania under the EU's Article 7 over the rule of law concerns.
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