Romania Finance Minister Resigns Amid Investigation He Took $2.1 Million in Bribes When Mayor

Romania's finance minister has resigned amid an investigation into suspicions that he took 2 million euros in bribes when he was a mayor. Darius Valcov handed in his resignation Sunday evening, hours after President Klaus Iohannis urged the prime minister to fire him as criticism of the government grew. Prosecutors charged Valcov on Friday with influence peddling, saying he was suspected of favoring a local businessman when he was mayor of Slatina in exchange for a 20-percent cut. Prime Minister Victor Ponta initially supported Valcov, but accepted his resignation.