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

Crime Republic

We spoke too soon: last night they went and did it. Under cover of darkness, well after 22:00 Romania’s government issued an emergency ordinance which decriminalises a large number of corruption offences. Major changes were also made to the penal code which will see thousands of corruption cases dropped. Despite the late hour, tens of… Continue reading Crime Republic

Splitters!

It would appear that the official line being prepared by those media channels loyal to Romania’s government ahead of tonight’s protests against proposed pardons for thousands of criminals is this: The protesters are foreign-backed enemies of Romania intent on dividing the country just when it needs to be united. These are troubled times and Romania… Continue reading Splitters!

Romania’s political crisis: The story so far

Are you keeping up at the back of the class? Romania’s current political crisis is becoming increasingly complicated. Here’s the story so far. On December 11th last year, Romania held a general election. Turnout was catastrophically low and the populist PSD emerged as a clear winner, with its ally ALDE as a minor coalition partner.… Continue reading Romania’s political crisis: The story so far

The Week in Romania

A 16-year-old boy died on Thursday in the western Romanian town of Arad due to complications resulting from measles. The boy had not been vaccinated against the illness. He is the third child to die of measles in Romanian over the past two months, as the country faces its worst outbreak of the virus in… Continue reading The Week in Romania

Romanian Senate to ‘salute’ convicted rapist

Convicted rapist and registered sex offender Mike Tyson will tomorrow attend a session of the Romanian Senate. At the invitation of PNL Senator Ben-Oni Ardelean, the general secretary of the Senate, Tyson will apparently be ‘saluted’. Why? Why is such an appalling human being even in Romania in the first place? To answer our own… Continue reading Romanian Senate to ‘salute’ convicted rapist

Smokescreen

It is not going too far to suggest that Bucharest (and Romania as a whole) has become a better place since March, when tough pro-health legislation outlawed smoking in almost all public indoor spaces. It is enough to visit a restaurant and see how many families with children can enjoy eating out without fearing for… Continue reading Smokescreen