Today in Romania: 19/01/17

Rudderless and headless (Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu having joined PSD leader Liviu Dragnea in Washington), Romania’s government was eerily silent today. The bloody nose it received on Wednesday night from the surprisingly large protest against its proposed amnesty for all sorts of criminals appears to have taken the wind completely out of its sails. For… Continue reading Today in Romania: 19/01/17

Romania’s government has been warned

As many as 5000 people braved temperatures as low as -6°C in Bucharest yesterday evening to protest against the Romanian government’s plan to pardon hundreds of corrupt businessmen and politicians. As we reported yesterday, only the intervention of President Klaus Iohannis prevented an emergency ordinance (OUG) being passed that would have also allowed charges to… Continue reading Romania’s government has been warned

Today in Romania: 18/01/17

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis this morning hijacked the government’s cabinet meeting and prevented it from passing an emergency ordinance (OUG) that would have freed thousands of convicted criminals and seen charges dropped against many other corrupt politicians and businessmen. More on this story in this post from earlier in the day. Despite the OUG not… Continue reading Today in Romania: 18/01/17

Disaster averted, for now

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis this morning hijacked the government’s cabinet meeting and prevented it from passing an emergency ordinance (OUG) that would have freed thousands of convicted criminals and seen charges dropped against many other corrupt politicians and businessmen (including PSD leader Liviu Dragnea and former prime minister Victor Ponta).* As was widely leaked to… Continue reading Disaster averted, for now

Today in Romania: 17/01/17

Sevil Shhaideh, PSD leader Liviu Dragnea’s first proposal for prime minister following December’s parliamentary elections, has been left in charge of the shop while actual PM Sorin Grindeanu is in Washington (in an unofficial capacity) for Donald Trump’s inauguration. Shhaideh, the Minister for Regional Development, was refused the job of prime minister by President Klaus… Continue reading Today in Romania: 17/01/17