Gilead: The Romanian Connection

From this week’s New Statesman: Abortion has been legal in Romania since the fall of Ceausescu. Under his rule, it’s estimated 10,000 women died as a result of so-called illegal abortions. For post-communist Romania, legalising abortion was seen as a way to move forward from the horrors of the dictatorship. Although abortion is now legal… Continue reading Gilead: The Romanian Connection

Women: Know your limits

Oh dear. Somebody really needs to have a word with Romania’s delightful Family Coalition (Coalitia pentru familie). It would appear that they have been watching Harry Enfield sketches from the 1990s without understanding that the whole thing was comedy: a parody of old, misogynistic attitudes towards women. It was never meant to be a blueprint… Continue reading Women: Know your limits

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

Romania’s new government: Not all bad

Not bad. Romania’s new government was announced yesterday by prime minister-designate Dacian Ciolos, and is at first glance a decent enough team of largely independent experts, untainted (as far as we know) by corruption or by association with Romania’s zombie political parties. There are exceptions (the government must face a vote of confidence in parliament… Continue reading Romania’s new government: Not all bad