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
Less than three days after being elected leader of the PNL, Romania’s second largest party, Ludovic Orban already looks well out of his depth. Yesterday, the PSD and the UDMR appeared to agree on a deal to bring down prime minister Sorin Grindeanu (background here). A deal which allegedly includes a number of (mainly cosmetic)… Continue reading Checkmate in two moves
Bucharest was named as Europe’s most congested city (fifth worldwide) by GPS software developer TomTom in its annual traffic index. Strangely, the city’s mayor Gabriela Firea has not yet commented on Bucharest taking such a prestigious title, despite congestion growing by a whopping seven per cent – overtaking both Moscow and Beijing – so far… Continue reading Another win for Bucharest
It wasn’t just pig farmers in Teleorman who woke up to the smell of shit this morning: the entire country was last night overtaken by an all-pervasive stench so putrid that Romania could spend the next four years in the shower and still not wash it off. As you will probably by now know, the… Continue reading Romania takes huge dump on own doorstep
Romania votes tomorrow in a parliamentary election that will decide if the country continues to move forward, or if it will slip into reverse and elect a PSD-led government whose only interest is to end, once and for all, the fight against corruption. Polling stations open at 07:00 and close at 21:00. We will be… Continue reading Romania votes: What to expect on Sunday & Monday
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
Heavens did not fall, the world was not turned upside down, but anyone who fails to see the past ten days in Romania as anything other than a paradigm shift must have a very strange view of the world. The fire at a live music club, Colectiv, on October 30th, which as we write has… Continue reading Romania has a prime minister. What now?