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 3 June Andrei Nastase, supported by a coalition of centre-right opposition parties, won a clear victory over Ion Ceban from the pro-Russian Socialist Party in the second round run-off of the election for Mayor of Chisinau.
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