Cristina Bucur

Romanian politics in 2012 has been marked by a rocky cohabitation between Victor Ponta’s government and President Traian Basescu.

In Romania, this year has seen the resignation of one government, a vote of no-confidence in another, an attempt to change the electoral system and efforts by the government to impeach the sitting President. Cristina Bucur looks over political developments in Romania during 2012, finding that they have been characterised by constitutional infighting and an often difficult political cohabitation between […]

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Romania’s President Băsescu remains suspended, despite surviving the impeachment referendum brought against him.

In the recent referendum in Romania, 88 per cent of voters supported impeaching President Traian Băsescu, yet the President survived on the basis that the turnout did not reach the required 50 per cent +1. The ambiguous nature of this result has prompted Romania’s Constitutional Court to announce that it will rule on the validity of the referendum in September. […]

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In Romania, electoral reform is taking a backwards step, to the benefit of the ruling parties.

Since the fall of communism, Romania has used a system of proportional representation in its parliamentary elections. But now, according to Cristina Bucur, a month after the collapse of the coalition government led by the Democratic Liberal Party due to a motion of no confidence, the new ruling coalition of the National Liberals  and the Social Democrats are set to […]

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