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

Bucharest in ‘ugly and dirty’ shock

Mayor of Bucharest Gabriela Firea was this morning shocked – shocked, we tell you – to discover that the centre of Bucharest is not quite as salubrious as it should be. ‘Calea Victoriei, Bulevardul Magheru and the Old Town are in a deplorable state,’ she said, adding that ‘as the city’s mayor I am ashamed… Continue reading Bucharest in ‘ugly and dirty’ shock

Let’s do maths with the PSD

The USR is not everyone’s cup of tea and it is clear that they are still on a very steep learning curve as a party: it was, after all, formed less than a year ago. The lack of any other real parliamentary opposition to the ruling PSD-ALDE coalition has not worked in their favour: people’s… Continue reading Let’s do maths with the PSD

Last Night in Bucharest

More than 150,000 people came out on to Bucharest’s streets last night to demonstrate against Romania’s government. The same number again took part in protests elsewhere in the country. In the capital, the protests ended in sporadic violence after a handful of football hooligans armed with flares and fireworks began to attack the gendarmes at… Continue reading Last Night in Bucharest

They shall not pass

To the barricades. Klaus Iohannis drew a line in the sand (or perhaps snow) this morning: ‘An amnesty and pardon law would be a catastrophe for Romanian democracy. I would do everything in my power to stop it.’ The president’s statement came in response to all sorts of rumours regarding the intention of the newly… Continue reading They shall not pass

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