After the 10 August anti-corruption demonstration in Bucharest in which 452 people were injured by riot police the Social Democrat led government has, in the face of domestic criticism and international scrutiny, been seeking to establish its own version of events. These diversionary tactics will, however, do nothing to resolve the mounting problems faced by … Continue reading Romania: Social Democrat Government Seeks to Change the Narrative As Pressure Mounts After Protests
On 10 August hundreds were injured in Bucharest when the authorities used violence against an anti-government protest. This move may, however, rebound on the leftist government as it produces a strengthened opposition, and an on-going anti-corruption protest movement. Violence on Victory Square: On 10 August the protestors had begun to gather on Victory Square in … Continue reading Romania: Protests Continue After Leftist Government Uses Violence Against Opposition Demonstration
The battle between the centre-right President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, and the leftist government headed by Liviu Dragnea over control of the country’s legal and judicial institutions has entered a new phase. This last weekend saw the Social Democrats seeking to strengthen their hand in the stand-off with Klaus Iohannis by bringing their supporters from across the country into Bucharest for a major rally. Romania is set to enter turbulent and uncharted waters over the weeks to come.
On 30 January 2018 Viorica Dancila (born 1963) was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Romania. Viorica Dancila is the third individual to hold this office since the left-wing Social Democratic Party (PSD) secured victory in the December 2016 election. Dancila’s predecessors were Sorin Grindeanu (born 1973) who was Prime Minister from January … Continue reading Romania: Another Government Falls
The Ruling Party Ousts its Own Government: On 21 June 2017 Sorin Grindeanu (born Nown Social Democratic Party (PSD) On 14 June the PSD had announced that they were withdrawing their support from Grindeanu’s government accusing him of being responsible for delays in the reform process. When Grindeanu proved reluctant to resign the PSD moved … Continue reading Romania: A Government in Crisis