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

Bucharest in ‘ugly and dirty’ shock

Mayor of Bucharest Gabriela Firea was this morning shocked – shocked, we tell you – to discover that the centre of Bucharest is not quite as salubrious as it should be. ‘Calea Victoriei, Bulevardul Magheru and the Old Town are in a deplorable state,’ she said, adding that ‘as the city’s mayor I am ashamed… Continue reading Bucharest in ‘ugly and dirty’ shock

The Return of the Wild East. Exit Stage West

Good fucking grief. However awful you thought the makeup of Romania’s new PSD-ALDE government might be, you will no doubt be disappointed to discover that reality has once again by far outdone the imagination. Sworn in yesterday evening after being approved by a compliant parliament (only the PNL and the USR voted against) Romania is… Continue reading The Return of the Wild East. Exit Stage West

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

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

A beginner’s guide to Romania’s parliamentary election

Romania goes to the polls on December 11 in a parliamentary election: the official campaigning period began last week. As such, for anyone new to the delights of Romanian politics, we have decided to put together a guide to the various parties who are fielding candidates in the election, as well as to try and… Continue reading A beginner’s guide to Romania’s parliamentary election

The Week in Bucharest Life

It’s been a bad year for Alina Gorghiu, leader of the Romanian Liberal Party (PNL). A shoo-in to be the country’s first female prime minister this time last year she has spent the past 12 months showing just why she is utterly unfit for the job. Leaving aside accusations that her law firm did business… Continue reading The Week in Bucharest Life