Category Archives: Romania

Mar 2 2016

On different tracks: Bulgaria and Romania under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism

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Romania and Bulgaria both joined the EU in 2007 and became subject to an ad hoc tool created by the European Commission to evaluate the progress of the two countries. Today, however, there is a growing gap between the two … Continue reading

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Jun 24 2015

Trouble at the Top: Corruption, anti-corruption, and the battle for political survival

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The latest corruption scandal in Romania has brought charges against Prime Minister Victor Ponta. Despite calls from President Klaus Iohannis for Ponta to resign, Ponta is so far refusing to go, claiming that the case will be “meticulously dismantled … … Continue reading

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May 15 2015

Why is Klaus Iohannis outsourcing Romania’s foreign policy?

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Klaus Iohannis’ election was seen by many to signal a shift from the ‘old’ corrupt ways of doing politics in Romania and a historical moment that would mark the start of deep processes of transformation in Romanian politics and society. … Continue reading

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Apr 14 2015

Corruption and anti-corruption in Romania. Finally turning the corner?

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A recent anti-corruption spree, led by public prosecutor Laura Kövesi, has taken Romanian political elite by ‘earthquake’. Daniel Brett discusses the multifaceted roots of the country’s corrupt practices: “If there is a historical legacy, it comes from the Communist period”, he … Continue reading

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Mar 11 2015

The Romanians are coming: open borders but no exit

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Channel 4’s controversial documentary series The Romanians Are Coming, depicting migrant life in the UK, has prompted criticism from Bucharest, whose officials accused the show of reinforcing negative stereotypes. Diana Popescu argues that the series has an important story to tell, by exposing ‘some of … Continue reading

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Dec 17 2014

The Moldovan Elections of 2014 are more than about Putin or the EU: Corruption, Poverty and Parties

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The most shocking result of the Moldovan elections has been the rise of the Socialist Party, closely associated with Russia. “It would be incorrect to see them as Russian stooges, opportunists, or as old faces under a new banner. Instead, their … Continue reading

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Dec 1 2014

“The Hungarians” and the Presidential Election in Romania

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Klaus Iohannis (or Johannis? Spelling does matter, in this case): Sibiu mayor, ethnic German, known to keep order in a nice town, a Transylvanian. It should not come as a surprise that the Hungarian minority voted for him. And yet, … Continue reading

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Nov 19 2014

2014 Presidential Romanian elections: Where do we go from here?

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The outcome of the Romanian presidential elections has been nothing short of surprising: underdog candidate Klaus Iohannis beat the incumbent prime minister and favourite, Victor Ponta, with a very convincing result. Daniel Brett and Eleanor Knott take us through the whole … Continue reading

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Apr 14 2014

Sherrill Stroschein on the importance of protests: “voting will always harm the interests of a minority”

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“Voting is by number, and it will always harm the interests of a minority. A protest is disruptive and reflects intensity – it really shows how much you care about something.” – argues Dr Sherrill Stroschein, Senior lecturer in Politics at University College … Continue reading

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