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

And the unlucky winner is… 

If PSD leader Liviu Dragnea gets his way, Romania’s new government will led by Sevil Shhaideh. Nope, we’ve never heard of her either. However, we understand that she has for many years been a loyal servant of both Radu Mazare (the gangster-like former mayor of Constanta, currently awaiting trial on a zillion counts of corruption)… Continue reading And the unlucky winner is… 

Active Watch: Total lack of transparency at Bucharest City Hall

Active Watch, an NGO committed to transparency and good governance, this morning published a report of the first six months in office of Gabriela Firea, Mayor of Bucharest. It finds that Firea and her PSD-ALDE allies have removed almost all traces of transparency from Bucharest City Council, creating an opaque and impenetrable administration that works… Continue reading Active Watch: Total lack of transparency at Bucharest City Hall

Bucharest’s delightful first family

Back in June the good people of Bucharest elected Gabriela Vranceanu Firea Pandele as their new mayor. We say good people, but in fact low turnout and the one-round, winner-takes-all voting system employed meant that Firea’s victory was never in doubt. In a two-round election she would have been annihilated in a run-off by Nicusor… Continue reading Bucharest’s delightful first family

And you thought it was all about gays

Ever since it first appeared in the Romanian public sphere last year, we have been warning anybody who will listen that the Coalitia pentru familie (Coalition for the Family) is a misogynistic wolf in a homophobic sheep’s clothing. The coalition is best known as the initiator of a proposed amendment to the Romanian constitution that… Continue reading And you thought it was all about gays

George Soros, Romania, and the end of reason

If the first two weeks of campaigning ahead of Romania’s parliamentary election on December 11th have proven anything, it is that the country is heading towards utter disaster. Unless there is a far higher turnout than currently expected, then the country is about to vote itself into an abyss in which reason, critical thinking and… Continue reading George Soros, Romania, and the end of reason