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 now.

Few PSD politicians were brave enough to face the press and public on Thursday, the exception being Justice Minister Florin Iordache who – besides declaring that the protesters ‘were not well enough informed’ insisted that the amnesty ‘was not designed for any particular person.’

Meantime, the chorus of disapproval for the amnesty grew louder and louder. Romania’s attorney general Augustin Lazar called it ‘pathetic’, while the US Ambassador in Bucharest Hans Klemm declared that he remained opposed to ‘any measure which weakens the rule of law in Romania.’ Klemm also on Thursday restated his unflinching support for Laura Codruta Kovesi, the director of Romania’s anti-corruption unit, the DNA.

New protests are planned for Timisoara and Brasov on Thursday evening, as well in Bucharest on Sunday.

Bucharest and much of southern Romania is once again set for severely cold temperatures over the next few days. A yellow weather warning is in place until Saturday, with lows of -22°C expected.

3 thoughts on “Today in Romania: 19/01/17

  1. A bit late, with the occasion of the National Culture Day commemorating the birth of Mihail Eminovici, Romania’s national bard (though he most probably was of Jewish origins, too intelligent to be a Romanian…) I would like to do myself a Paul Brummell moment and publish below a poem by Emine…, pardon, Eminovikiki :

    DOINA by
    Mihai Eminescu

    From the Dniester to the Theiss
    FOREIGNERS have spread like LICE;
    All ROMANIANS complain:
    Breathing’s pain and life’s a bane.
    From Khotin down to the sea
    Muscovites* make all folk flee;
    From the seashore to Khotin
    They waylay US with a GRIN;
    From the Danube to the North
    Creepy VERMIN have come fort;
    For YOUR lives they lie in wait
    Twisting your LOVE into HATE.
    Up on hilltops, in the valley,
    ALIENS forever rally;
    Safely through a mountain pass.
    Poor ROMANIANS have no chance,
    Like to crawfish they advance!
    They toil hard, but nothing earn,
    Autumns bring them no return;
    Summers, springs are scarcely theirs,
    To THEIR land they are not heirs.
    From Suceava to the South
    FOES pour from a dragon’s mouth-
    HORDES that nest, bring ills and drought;
    As they come by road and rail
    Even songs die in the dale;
    All the songsters fly afar:
    ALIEN corn is black as tar.
    Shadows of the thorns alone
    Now adorn the CHRISTIANS’ home!
    HOMELAND suckles US like mothers,
    Woods are the ROMANIANS’ brothers.
    But they bend, felled by the axe;
    Springs dry up, and waters lacks-
    Woods are poor, the country’s poor!
    HE WHO FAWNS ON FOREIGNERS
    MAY HIS HEART BE TORN BY CURS;
    WASTE AND RUIN STRIKE HIS HOUSE,
    PEOPLE CRUSH HIM FOR A LOUSE.

    Mighty Stephen, princely bloom,
    Lie no longer in your tomb!
    Leave the liturgy and prayer
    To the abbot’s pious care;
    Leave the priests and monks to look
    After relics, saints, the Book.
    Have them ring th’alarum bell
    Day and night – an endless knell –
    So the Lord may grant your dream
    That your folk you may redeem.
    Come and stand up from your mound!
    When WE hear your bugle sound
    All ROMANIANS rally round;
    If you blow your battle trump
    To a man Moldavia’ll jump;
    If you give a second call
    Woods shall help you, raise a wall!
    If you sound it once again
    ALIENS shall die in pain
    In the mountains, hills and plain –
    MAY THEY BE ENDEARED BY CROWS
    AND BY GALLOWS IN THICK ROWS!

    * “Muscovites” were the Little Englanders of his day

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