Romania’s political crisis: The story so far

Are you keeping up at the back of the class? Romania’s current political crisis is becoming increasingly complicated. Here’s the story so far. On December 11th last year, Romania held a general election. Turnout was catastrophically low and the populist PSD emerged as a clear winner, with its ally ALDE as a minor coalition partner.… Continue reading Romania’s political crisis: The story so far

The moment when Romania’s government becomes a legitimate target

The stakes are high in Bucharest this week, not least for Liviu Dragnea, leader of Romania’s largest and ruling party the PSD. Already serving a two-year suspended prison sentence for vote rigging, Dragnea faces a corruption trial – perhaps as early as March – which would see him immediately imprisoned should he be found guilty.… Continue reading The moment when Romania’s government becomes a legitimate target

An anxious week for Romania

There were huge protests across Romania on Sunday night against the government’s plans to issue an emergency ordinance (OUG) that would free thousands of criminals, including hundreds of corrupt politicians. The largest demonstration was in the capital Bucharest, where as many as 30,000 people marched from Piata Universitatii to the government building on Piata Victoriei… Continue reading An anxious week for Romania

Today in Romania: 20/01/17

PSD leader Liviu Dragnea posted six blurred, shaky photographs on his Facebook page which he claimed were taken at an ‘exclusive’ dinner hosted by US president-elect (or president, by the time you read this) Donald Trump. Dragnea claims to have had a ‘warm and open’ conversation with Trump about ‘strategic partnerships’. It appears, however, that… Continue reading Today in Romania: 20/01/17

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