Dutch tulips impounded by Romania
“A Dutch MEP has accused Romania of blackmailing the Netherlands after more than a dozen truckloads of tulips were seized at the Romanian border.
Esther de Lange said Bucharest was practising some “old-school blackmail”.
The seizure - the second since the weekend - comes after the Netherlands threatened to block Romania’s entry Europe’s visa-free Schengen zone.
Officials in Bucharest said the tulips could be contaminated with “dangerous bacteria”.
The Netherlands said that Romania - along with Bulgaria - had not done enough to fight corruption. “