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

‘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’

The moment when Romania’s government becomes a legitimate target

The stakes are high in Bucharest this week, not least for Liviu Dragnea, leader of Romania’s largest and ruling party the PSD. Already serving a two-year suspended prison sentence for vote rigging, Dragnea faces a corruption trial – perhaps as early as March – which would see him immediately imprisoned should he be found guilty.… Continue reading The moment when Romania’s government becomes a legitimate target

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

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… 

Romania votes: What to expect on Sunday & Monday

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