More on the Constitutional Court & The Wicked Witch of Voluntari

Romanian MP Tudor Ciuhodaru (PSD) yesterday submitted a draft law to parliament which would see public demonstrations that ‘challenged the constitutional order or prevented the powers of state from carrying out their duties’ made criminal offences, punishable by sentences of between six months and three years. Backed – we would assume – by the government… Continue reading More on the Constitutional Court & The Wicked Witch of Voluntari

In Romania, things can always get worse

Romania’s Constitutional Court (CCR) today sustained an objection made by Senate Leader Calin Popescu Tariceanu, who had argued that the country’s anti-corruption agency (the DNA) had overstepped its remit by investigating the issuance of controversial government ordinance (OUG) 13. ‘The DNA’s investigation disrupted the process of government,’ declared CCR chief judge Valer Dorneanu (a former… Continue reading In Romania, things can always get worse

So Iohannis is corrupt too?

No, at least not in this case. Here is the story of Strada Nicolae Balcescu 29, Sibiu. In 1999 Romanian President Klaus Iohannis purchased a house in central Sibiu (Strada Nicolae Balcescu 29) from a man called Nicolae Bastea. Bastea had claimed to be the rightful heir of Eliseu Ghenea, the last known owner of… Continue reading So Iohannis is corrupt too?

Let’s do maths with the PSD

The USR is not everyone’s cup of tea and it is clear that they are still on a very steep learning curve as a party: it was, after all, formed less than a year ago. The lack of any other real parliamentary opposition to the ruling PSD-ALDE coalition has not worked in their favour: people’s… Continue reading Let’s do maths with the PSD

The State of Play (& Why Romania’s Protests Go On)

The now infamous Emergency Ordinance (OUG) 13 – which as you may remember decriminalised acts of corruption up to a value of 200,000 lei (around €43,000) and which was issued late at night by the Romanian government on January 31st – was ostensibly annulled by OUG 14, issued on February 5th. The annulment came in… Continue reading The State of Play (& Why Romania’s Protests Go On)