The Week in Romania

A 16-year-old boy died on Thursday in the western Romanian town of Arad due to complications resulting from measles. The boy had not been vaccinated against the illness. He is the third child to die of measles in Romanian over the past two months, as the country faces its worst outbreak of the virus in years. Almost 800 cases have been reported so far this year.

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Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos published a platform for government called #Romania100. A series of best-practice and common sense principles the document is short on specifics (a fact which has made even some fans of the PM rather critical) but makes it clear that Romania’s priority ahead of 2018 (when the country will celebrate 100 years since the unification of Transylvania with Wallachia and Moldavia) remains the fight against corruption at all levels of society.

In a barely coherent and utterly bizarre (even for him) tirade on his Facebook page the disgraced former prime minister Victor Ponta attacked on Wednesday the ‘Soros system’ which he claims has infiltrated even his own PSD. ‘Not content with that however, the system has created its own party, the USR, which should be called the ‘Union to Save the Soros System.’ It will not be troubled by the DNA anytime soon.’

In what we can only assume were entirely unrelated events, at much the same time as Ponta was composing his lunatic rant, the DNA was taking possession of one of his properties as security ahead of his corruption trial.

The counting of votes in Romania’s parliamentary election will be recorded – audio and video – to help prevent fraud. Once the polls have closed at 21:00 on December 11th, polling station officers across the country will have to record the entire counting process until the moment the total number of votes for each party has been declared and transmitted to the Central Electoral Office (BEC). The recordings will be made on special tablets – already used to scan personal ID numbers to prevent multiple voting – supplied by the Special Communication Service (STS).

President Klaus Iohannis declared on Wednesday that he believed in a culture of ‘tolerance, trust and openness towards people who are different.’ He was responding to a question at a press conference regarding a proposed change to the Romanian constitution which would make the legalisation of same-sex marriages all but impossible. The change, proposed by a pressure group known as the Coalition for the Family will be voted on in a referendum, probably early next year. The coalition had wanted it to be held concurrently with the parliamentary election.

‘It’s wrong to walk the path of religious fanaticism,’ Iohannis said.

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CNSAS, the body which supervises Romania’s communist-era secret police files, declared that Marian Munteanu, leader of the tiny Alianta Noastra Romania (Our Romania) party was an informer for the Securitate. Working under the codename ‘Ioan’, from 1988-89 Munteanu supplied information to the Securitate on foreign students and lecturers at Bucharest University. He was paid 500 lei to do so. However, because Munteanu, a notorious sympathiser of the Legionary Movement, did not specifically report on anti-communist activities, CNSAS simultaneously declared him a ‘non-collaborator’. This means that he can stand for parliament in December’s election.

Romanians will be able to visit Canada without a visa from December 1st 2017. The announcement was made by President Iohannis in Brussels on Friday. Romania had earlier in the week threatened to torpedo an EU-Canada free-trade deal unless visa restrictions for Romanians were lifted. 

Romanian women earn 9.10 per cent less than their male counterparts, a report by business systems supplier Expert Market revealed this week. The difference between men and women’s salaries equates to almost two months unpaid work.

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Radu Campeanu, the first leader of the PNL after the 1989 revolution, died aged 90. A key organiser of the last major anti-communist demonstration in Bucharest in 1945, Campeanu spent the years 1947-56 as a political prisoner alongside other liberals, much of the time in the most appalling conditions at the notorious Sighet prison in Maramures. Forced into exile after his release from prison Campeanu returned to Romania in the last days of 1989 and ran for president in 1990’s less-than-transparent election, taking almost 11 per cent of a vote won by Ion Iliescu.

Eurostat named Romania as the ‘least obese’ country in the EU. The Maltese are Europe’s fattest people. The same study also noted that Romanians consume fewer fruit and vegetables than any other European nation.

4 thoughts on “The Week in Romania

  1. – A person (together with thousands of other persons) died this week. It’s worth noting the person was immuno-defficient and his body couldn’t take an infection on top of other life threatening conditions. Outside of that – measles is a common condition which many of us acquired during childhood and successfully fought off.

    – I don’t know what Ciolos said in that manifesto, but I will be voting openly against any foreign interference in the internal affairs of Romania. And that includes what they call “the fight against corruption”.

    – In other news of the same kind, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (a famous Soros disciple) doubled her attack on Cristian Ghinea (current minister in charge of European Funds and also a Soros disciple), apparently because Ghinea and his NGO had been eating too much of Soros’ money, leaving nothing for other NGOs to eat. Maybe Soros is running out of money??

    – President Johannis crippled PNL’s chances to form the government post December 11th, by accusing 3 million Christian Romanians of religious fanaticism. Obviously his statement didn’t go unnoticed, with his PR team being overrun and unable to delete all insults which were addressed to him on his Facebook account. Just a few hours away, both Dacian Ciolos and the PNL president Alina Gorghiu attempted to retract the statement, making it clear that both of them support the TRADITIONAL FAMILY, as a union between a man and a woman. Too late, the damage has been done.

    – Romanian women earn only 9.10% less than Romanian men, although most Romanian women work unqualified jobs in domains in which the average salary is the lowest of all domains. Secretarial work, cashiers, cleaners etc… are low-wage jobs which only accept women as employees in Romania, being easy for most women to find a job in these domains. At the other end – hard (and better paid) jobs which require physical work or a combination of physical and mental skills are usually handed over to men which most of the times are better suited for the requirements. Nothing unusual about these dynamics, they represent a division of labour proper for any normal country.

    – McDonalds and the likes are working hard to turn the trend around and make Romania obese, this being one of the main pylons of Angela Merkel’s “deeper European integration” strategy.

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  2. “The same study also noted that Romanians consume fewer fruit and vegetables than any other European nation.”…………That could be my fault because I bought 500kilo’s of apples last week.

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