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

Today in Romania: 16/01/17

Former Romanian President Ion Iliescu was questioned by military prosecutors on Monday in connection with the 1990 Mineriada, in which Iliescu shipped in miners from the Jiu Valley to brutally suppress pro-democracy demonstrations in Piata Universitatii. Many died and thousands were injured in three days of government-sponsored rioting. Iliescu – who is charged with crimes… Continue reading Today in Romania: 16/01/17

Today in Romania: 13/01/17

The Mayor of Bucharest Gabriela Firea sacked the director of the city’s circus, Victor Coman. The move follows yesterday’s fire at the circus stables, in which 11 animals were killed. Firea also today announced plans to rush through the city council a proposal to ban performing animals from any circus in the city. On this… Continue reading Today in Romania: 13/01/17

The Return of the Minister of Tourism

No, not her. Since the heyday of Elena Udrea the Romanian Ministry of Tourism has led something of a nomadic existence. Since losing its stand-alone status in 2014 it has at times been part of the Small Business Ministry, the Ministry of the Economy and the Ministry of Regional Development. In the new, extended cabinet… Continue reading The Return of the Minister of Tourism