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

The Return of the Wild East. Exit Stage West

Good fucking grief. However awful you thought the makeup of Romania’s new PSD-ALDE government might be, you will no doubt be disappointed to discover that reality has once again by far outdone the imagination. Sworn in yesterday evening after being approved by a compliant parliament (only the PNL and the USR voted against) Romania is… Continue reading The Return of the Wild East. Exit Stage West

The Year in Bucharest Life

Stars of stage, screen and boxing ring may have died off at an alarming rate throughout 2016, but a Romanian law which came into effect in March will see millions live longer, healthier lives: smoking was finally banned in all indoor public spaces. The ban has made Romania a nicer place: cafes and restaurants are… Continue reading The Year in Bucharest Life

Iohannis takes Round One, refuses to accept Sevil Shhaideh as PM

As we suspected he might, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis today rejected the PSD’s proposal for prime minister, Sevil Shhaideh. He didn’t give any specific reasons: he didn’t have to. He simply said that having weighed the ‘pros and cons’ of appointing Shhaideh PM, he had decided that the PSD should nominate somebody else.  With the… Continue reading Iohannis takes Round One, refuses to accept Sevil Shhaideh as PM