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

Disaster averted, for now

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis this morning hijacked the government’s cabinet meeting and prevented it from passing an emergency ordinance (OUG) that would have freed thousands of convicted criminals and seen charges dropped against many other corrupt politicians and businessmen (including PSD leader Liviu Dragnea and former prime minister Victor Ponta).* As was widely leaked to… Continue reading Disaster averted, for now

Today in Romania: 17/01/17

Sevil Shhaideh, PSD leader Liviu Dragnea’s first proposal for prime minister following December’s parliamentary elections, has been left in charge of the shop while actual PM Sorin Grindeanu is in Washington (in an unofficial capacity) for Donald Trump’s inauguration. Shhaideh, the Minister for Regional Development, was refused the job of prime minister by President Klaus… Continue reading Today in Romania: 17/01/17

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

Iohannis takes Round One, refuses to accept Sevil Shhaideh as PM

As we suspected he might, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis today rejected the PSD’s proposal for prime minister, Sevil Shhaideh. He didn’t give any specific reasons: he didn’t have to. He simply said that having weighed the ‘pros and cons’ of appointing Shhaideh PM, he had decided that the PSD should nominate somebody else.  With the… Continue reading Iohannis takes Round One, refuses to accept Sevil Shhaideh as PM

Romania’s red herring: Sevil Shhaideh’s appointment as PM is no victory for diversity

Liviu Dragnea, the corrupt leader of the PSD, Romania’s largest political party, currently serving a suspended prison sentence for attempting to rig an election, today demonstrated that he might well be the most agile, Machiavellian politician in Europe. It looked at one stage yesterday (when Florin Georgescu refused to be nominated as prime minister) that… Continue reading Romania’s red herring: Sevil Shhaideh’s appointment as PM is no victory for diversity

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…