Author Archives: Romania Votes

The Social Democrats come forward with a PM proposal: Viorica Dăncilă

PSD made a nomination for a new PM Romania’s ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) decided to put forward the name of MEP Viorica Dăncilă as the party’s nominee for the position of prime minister, one day after prime minister Mihai Tudose was forced to step down from office. The nomination was voted on by the […]

New political crisis ahead? Prime Minister Mihai Tudose loses political support of psd and resigns

    After a meeting organized in a hurry by the Executive Committee of PSD, at the request of the some of the most preeminent members of the party as Gabriela Firea, Mayor of Bucharest, the Social Democrats decided to withdraw the political support for PM Mihai Tudose. As a consequence, PM Mihai Tudose decided to […]

FISCAL REVOLUTION

2018 NEW FISCAL MEASURES ADOPTED Government adopts the so-called `fiscal revolution` despite protests After days of controversy and mass pro-tests, Government adopted, during meeting from today, the Emergency Ordinance that modifies the Fiscal Code. The majority of fiscal changes announced a few weeks ago by the Cabinet were adopted today, including transfer of contributions from […]

PM Grindeanu loses political support of the ruling coalition

Government reshuffle imminent      Romania’s ruling Social Democrat Party has withdrawn support for Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and his cabinet. The move is likely to bring down Grindeanu’s government, which has only been in power since January. Romania PM refuses to resign after party withdraws support. I.    BACKGROUND      For the last several weeks there […]

Politics and multinational companies: No, they shouldn’t be so worried!

     The main governing party, PSD,  has worried multinational companies at the end of 2016 and the start of 2017 after a series of declarations, especially regarding “rumors” about their involvement in the street protests that have followed the adoption of controversial government decree 13.      The PSD head of the parliamentary committee that supervises […]

It’s not over: Political tension and unpredictable outcomes

     The Government’s decision to abrogate Emergency Ordinance 13 that de-criminalized certain criminal offenses including abuse of office and the resignation of Justice Minister Florin Iordache failed to calm the protests and the political tensions, although both of them have been somewhat scaled down.      The protesters continue to ask for the Government’s resignation because […]

Government scraps controversial decree, huge protests continue

     The Romanian Government abrogated Emergency Ordinance 13 that would have decriminalized certain legal offenses, including abuse of office, on Sunday February 5th following massive street demonstrations involving hundreds of thousands of people.      However, that didn’t stop the street protests and the same day new record demonstrations were held in most Romanian cities. The […]

Huge protests, high risk for instability

     The PSD-ALDE Government’s decision to adopt an Emergency Ordinance to decriminalize certain criminal offenses, including the very important abuse of office, and to adopt a draft bill to pardon many categories of convicts, has led to a political and institutional crisis and to the largest street protests seen in democratic Romania.      The Ordinance […]

America has decided!

Republican Donald Trump won an unexpected victory in the American presidential elections, beating Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton. His victory was fueled by an ever-growing anti-establishment feeling, especially among working-class white men. However, Hillary Clinton would have probably won the race if it wasn’t for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s decision to investigate a new […]