Romania’s prime minister loses no-confidence vote

Romania’s three-person government led by Sorin Grindeanu today lost a no-confidence vote put forward by the country’s ruling PSD-ALDE coalition. For background on why the ruling parties wanted to bring down their own government, see this post from last week. In short, it is about passing legislation which will keep the leaders of the PSD… Continue reading Romania’s prime minister loses no-confidence vote

Why the PSD’s no-confidence vote must not pass

Romania’s embattled prime minister Sorin Grindeanu will on Wednesday face a vote of no-confidence in parliament. Installed in office at the very end of last year following the PSD’s victory in December’s general election, Grindeanu has in recent weeks fallen increasingly out of favour with the PSD’s leader Liviu Dragnea. There is some background in… Continue reading Why the PSD’s no-confidence vote must not pass

A big win for the DNA, but difficult times lie ahead

The former Romanian Minister of Tourism Elena Udrea was today found guilty of corruption and sentenced to six years in prison. As usually happens in Romania with non-violent offences, she will for the time being remain free on appeal. Six others – including the mafia-like former boss of Romania’s boxing association Rudel Obreja – were… Continue reading A big win for the DNA, but difficult times lie ahead

In Romania, things can always get worse

Romania’s Constitutional Court (CCR) today sustained an objection made by Senate Leader Calin Popescu Tariceanu, who had argued that the country’s anti-corruption agency (the DNA) had overstepped its remit by investigating the issuance of controversial government ordinance (OUG) 13. ‘The DNA’s investigation disrupted the process of government,’ declared CCR chief judge Valer Dorneanu (a former… Continue reading In Romania, things can always get worse

Today in Romania: Government backs down

It would appear that the sight of more than 100,000 Romanians of all ages peacefully protesting on the streets of the country’s towns and cities last night finally knocked a little sense into the Romanian government. In Bucharest alone, more than 50,000 people filled the city centre, marching from Piata Universitatii to Casa Poporului and… Continue reading Today in Romania: Government backs down

Today in Romania: 25/01/17

The European Commission published its latest MCV (Cooperation and Verification Mechanism) report for Romania. The commission’s findings were generally positive, although a footnote pointed out that the Romanian government’s proposed emergency ordinances which would free hundreds of corrupt politicians and force cases to be dropped against many others were a threat to the country’s progress:… Continue reading Today in Romania: 25/01/17

The moment when Romania’s government becomes a legitimate target

The stakes are high in Bucharest this week, not least for Liviu Dragnea, leader of Romania’s largest and ruling party the PSD. Already serving a two-year suspended prison sentence for vote rigging, Dragnea faces a corruption trial – perhaps as early as March – which would see him immediately imprisoned should he be found guilty.… Continue reading The moment when Romania’s government becomes a legitimate target