‘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’

Today in Romania’s parliament, Good does battle with Evil. It really is as simple as that

Romania’s MPs will today vote on a motion of no confidence put forward by the opposition that is in effect a vote on the drastic budget cuts announced by the PDL-led government of Traian Basescu and Little Emil Boc last month. For many of Romania’s most desperate group of people – pensioners – the vote… Continue reading Today in Romania’s parliament, Good does battle with Evil. It really is as simple as that

It begins

It’s now more than three weeks since Romania’s government of ostentatiously wealthy individuals announced the most drastic cuts to public spending since the 1980s: pensions are to be cut by 15 per cent, public sector salaries by 25 per cent. Since then, though there has been much fist-wringing and general ‘they just can’t do that’… Continue reading It begins