Romania’s prime minister loses no-confidence vote

Romania’s three-person government led by Sorin Grindeanu today lost a no-confidence vote put forward by the country’s ruling PSD-ALDE coalition. For background on why the ruling parties wanted to bring down their own government, see this post from last week. In short, it is about passing legislation which will keep the leaders of the PSD… Continue reading Romania’s prime minister loses no-confidence vote

Checkmate in two moves

Less than three days after being elected leader of the PNL, Romania’s second largest party, Ludovic Orban already looks well out of his depth. Yesterday, the PSD and the UDMR appeared to agree on a deal to bring down prime minister Sorin Grindeanu (background here). A deal which allegedly includes a number of (mainly cosmetic)… Continue reading Checkmate in two moves

A font for Bucharest

Public Hye is an initiative that aims to clean up Bucharest’s visual public space. It has been created by exactly the kind of young, talented design studio who should have been approached by Bucharest City Council when they earlier this year decided to change the Romania’s capital’s logo. The project’s first initiative has been to… Continue reading A font for Bucharest

Why the PSD’s no-confidence vote must not pass

Romania’s embattled prime minister Sorin Grindeanu will on Wednesday face a vote of no-confidence in parliament. Installed in office at the very end of last year following the PSD’s victory in December’s general election, Grindeanu has in recent weeks fallen increasingly out of favour with the PSD’s leader Liviu Dragnea. There is some background in… Continue reading Why the PSD’s no-confidence vote must not pass

The lapdog bites back: Romania’s prime minister digs in

Clearly miffed that in recent times Britain had been outdoing it (by quite some distance) in the ridiculous politics stakes, Romania has upped its game this week and as we write (on Thursday morning) looks set for a new period of political crisis. Coincidentally, just as Theresa May’s problems in the UK are all of… Continue reading The lapdog bites back: Romania’s prime minister digs in