Mihnea Stoica

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    Why this weekend’s referendum in Romania will ultimately benefit the LGBTIQ community

Why this weekend’s referendum in Romania will ultimately benefit the LGBTIQ community

Romania is set to hold a referendum on 6-7 October to decide whether the constitutional definition of ‘the family’ should be altered to prohibit same-sex marriage. Mihnea Stoica argues that although there is little doubt the result will be in favour of the proposal, paradoxically it might well be the case that LGBTIQ rights will be strengthened in the […]

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    Romania’s political crisis reflects severe tensions within the country’s Social Democratic Party

Romania’s political crisis reflects severe tensions within the country’s Social Democratic Party

Only six months after winning parliamentary elections, Romania’s Social Democratic Party is in turmoil following an attempt by the party’s leader, Liviu Dragnea, to remove the current Prime Minister, Sorin Grindeanu. With the party set for a key parliamentary vote on whether to keep the Prime Minister in power, Mihnea Stoica suggests that both Grindeanu and Dragnea’s political futures are […]

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    Survey evidence: Why people are protesting in Romania

Survey evidence: Why people are protesting in Romania

What has motivated Romanians to hit the streets in numbers unseen since the 1989 Revolution? Mihnea Stoica presents new survey evidence showing a breakdown of the protesters’ incentives. He concludes that the topic of corruption has developed into one of the main political cleavages prompting political action.

The last few days have seen massive protests all around Romania, triggered […]

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    The rejection of Romania’s first female and Muslim PM leaves the Social Democrats in a difficult position

The rejection of Romania’s first female and Muslim PM leaves the Social Democrats in a difficult position

Despite winning Romania’s parliamentary election on 11 December, the country’s Social Democrats (PSD) had their proposed candidate for prime minister rejected by Romania’s president, Klaus Iohannis. Mihnea Stoica writes that the PSD now faces a difficult situation as any attempt to remove Iohannis from office would likely prove counter-productive.

Less than three weeks ago, Romania’s Social Democrats (PSD) won the […]

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    Romania’s election: In spite of the PSD’s comeback, anti-establishment sentiment is stronger than ever

Romania’s election: In spite of the PSD’s comeback, anti-establishment sentiment is stronger than ever

Only a year ago, Romania’s Social Democratic Party (PSD) were in deep trouble over corruption allegations, whose magnitude was exposed after a deadly incident in a Bucharest night club. How did the PSD, then, end up winning the 11 December parliamentary elections? Mihnea Stoica explains that the hesitation showed by the technocratic PM Dacian Cioloș to shake up the country’s administrative […]

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    Romania’s party system remains in flux ahead of next year’s local and parliamentary elections

Romania’s party system remains in flux ahead of next year’s local and parliamentary elections

In the last eight months Romania has experienced a surprise victory for Klaus Iohannis in the country’s presidential election, and a major political crisis following corruption allegations against incumbent Prime Minister Victor Ponta. Mihnea Stoica writes that ahead of local and parliamentary elections scheduled for 2016, Romania’s party system is now in flux, with a lack of ideological clarity […]

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