Today in Romania: 13/01/17

The Mayor of Bucharest Gabriela Firea sacked the director of the city’s circus, Victor Coman. The move follows yesterday’s fire at the circus stables, in which 11 animals were killed. Firea also today announced plans to rush through the city council a proposal to ban performing animals from any circus in the city. On this matter, we are with the mayor.

Interim PNL leader Raluca Turcan today became the latest leading figure in the party to park the blame for its disastrous showing in December’s election at the feet of former prime minister Dacian Ciolos. No wonder the PNL is heading for oblivion.

Florin Coldea, the deputy director of Romania’s intelligence service the SRI, was suspended from his post late on Thursday. Coldea will now face an investigation into alleged links with the controversial businessman Sebastian Ghita, a close associate of former PM Victor Ponta and a former PSD senator himself. Ghita, who is currently in hiding and the subject of an EU arrest warrant, has made a number of claims over the past few weeks (via his TV channel, RTV) regarding Coldea’s conduct while in office. More on this story here.

In parts of Bucharest’s Sector 3 it is now nine days and counting since domestic rubbish was last collected. Despite the council paying a small fortune for rubbish collection services (as a whole Bucharest pays more for this service than constitutes the entire budgets of many Romanian cities: see here) it appears that the snow has put ROSAL off doing any work this week. They are due to come tomorrow morning. Let’s see if they do.

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