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

The lapdog bites back: Romania’s prime minister digs in

Clearly miffed that in recent times Britain had been outdoing it (by quite some distance) in the ridiculous politics stakes, Romania has upped its game this week and as we write (on Thursday morning) looks set for a new period of political crisis. Coincidentally, just as Theresa May’s problems in the UK are all of… Continue reading The lapdog bites back: Romania’s prime minister digs in

Bucharest taxi drivers vs. Uber (again)

UPDATE: Just as we suspected (they are that predictable): the taxi drivers and the government have reached an agreement, with the authorities promising that they will issue an emergency ordinance that will all but make Uber illegal. — Bucharest’s taxi drivers are on strike today (and will be tomorrow, too). Thousands of the bastards will… Continue reading Bucharest taxi drivers vs. Uber (again)

‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to do your taxes’

Every household in Romania is to get its very own tax consultant, provided for free by the Romanian state. Liviu Dragnea, leader of the ruling PSD, announced yesterday that the government intends to hire no fewer that 35,000 of these tax consultants, paying them a more than healthy monthly wage of 10,000 lei (around €2200),… Continue reading ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to do your taxes’

Bucharest will be Gabriela Firea’s political grave

A number of historic buildings on Calea Victoriei – Bucharest’s most famous street – have been defaced this week, their ground floor exteriors painted in a number of colours. As we write, four buildings have been reported sullied. The city council has pleaded ignorance, but one painter told reporters on Wednesday that he had been… Continue reading Bucharest will be Gabriela Firea’s political grave