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

Romania’s red herring: Sevil Shhaideh’s appointment as PM is no victory for diversity

Liviu Dragnea, the corrupt leader of the PSD, Romania’s largest political party, currently serving a suspended prison sentence for attempting to rig an election, today demonstrated that he might well be the most agile, Machiavellian politician in Europe. It looked at one stage yesterday (when Florin Georgescu refused to be nominated as prime minister) that… Continue reading Romania’s red herring: Sevil Shhaideh’s appointment as PM is no victory for diversity

Active Watch: Total lack of transparency at Bucharest City Hall

Active Watch, an NGO committed to transparency and good governance, this morning published a report of the first six months in office of Gabriela Firea, Mayor of Bucharest. It finds that Firea and her PSD-ALDE allies have removed almost all traces of transparency from Bucharest City Council, creating an opaque and impenetrable administration that works… Continue reading Active Watch: Total lack of transparency at Bucharest City Hall