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

Cover-Up

A story started doing the rounds earlier this week suggesting that Romania’s delightful Family Coalition (Life passim) was demanding that an advert featuring a not unattractive young lady wearing a bikini be banned on grounds of indecency. The ad – for swimwear – was not dissimilar to the one above (and was for the same… Continue reading Cover-Up

Gilead: The Romanian Connection

From this week’s New Statesman: Abortion has been legal in Romania since the fall of Ceausescu. Under his rule, it’s estimated 10,000 women died as a result of so-called illegal abortions. For post-communist Romania, legalising abortion was seen as a way to move forward from the horrors of the dictatorship. Although abortion is now legal… Continue reading Gilead: The Romanian Connection

Women: Know your limits

Oh dear. Somebody really needs to have a word with Romania’s delightful Family Coalition (Coalitia pentru familie). It would appear that they have been watching Harry Enfield sketches from the 1990s without understanding that the whole thing was comedy: a parody of old, misogynistic attitudes towards women. It was never meant to be a blueprint… Continue reading Women: Know your limits

Obedient children will not change the world

A brave young girl called Anna Andronache has quite rightly become something of a star in Romania this week. Andronache, who is 14, attends a school in Targoviste at which staff abuse of pupils is commonplace but regularly goes unreported and unpunished. Via her Facebook account Andronache has begun to chronicle much of the wrongdoing… Continue reading Obedient children will not change the world

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