A beginner’s guide to Romania’s parliamentary election

Romania goes to the polls on December 11 in a parliamentary election: the official campaigning period began last week. As such, for anyone new to the delights of Romanian politics, we have decided to put together a guide to the various parties who are fielding candidates in the election, as well as to try and… Continue reading A beginner’s guide to Romania’s parliamentary election

A quick few things…

Firstly, we laughed out loud yesterday at the news that that great Christian and patriot Marian Munteanu was, during the communist period, a willing Securitate informer. Munteanu, you may remember, is the fascist who was, for five minutes before decent people everywhere objected, the PNL’s candidate for mayor of Bucharest. — Next, our new mayor… Continue reading A quick few things…

Only Laura can save us now

Or, Firea sa fie, as they say in these parts. So the Romanian Constitutional Court has decided: one-round mayoral elections do not breach anybody’s constitutional rights, and so June’s ballot to elect the mayors of Romania’s city, towns and villages will be held on a ‘first-past-the-post’ basis. This is not unexpected news, but it still… Continue reading Only Laura can save us now

The Week in Bucharest Life

A quick recap of events over the past ten days or so in the never-a-dull-moment nuthouse that is the Romanian capital. — First off, the good news: Cheap taxis are back at Otopeni, at least in theory. The restrictions on access to the arrivals terminal (introduced on April 1st) have been removed until at least… Continue reading The Week in Bucharest Life

Even at the ballet they’re blaming the foreigners

It’s been a busy few days in Bucharest. On Monday the DNA charged Ludovic Orban with corruption, forcing the erstwhile candidate of the PNL in June’s mayoral elections to withdraw his candidacy. The PNL responded by swerving to the far-right and nominating a notorious fascist sympathiser, Marian Munteanu, as his replacement. Then, on Thursday, the… Continue reading Even at the ballet they’re blaming the foreigners