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    Re: Experts: Romania uses nationalism in anti-corruption fight

    The Week Revolution Returned to Romania


    10 February 2017

    The protests grabbed the attention of international media and sparked fears of yet another blow being delivered to the rule of law in an eastern EU member state, echoing an illiberal political trend pioneered by conservative-nationalist governments in Poland and Hungary.

    Rather than ending the crisis, the government’s eventual decision to repeal the decree five days after its introduction only reinforced a sense of righteous anger felt by Romanians who have continued to demonstrate, despite snowstorms and sub-zero temperatures.

    Although numbers have dropped sharply, the protests have become a potent example of people power — forcing a sharp government U-turn and two ministerial resignations amid continuing demands for the government to quit.

    Protests in Romania continue despite resignation of minister of justice

    People rallied near the government building in Bucharest, for the 10th day in a row, hours after the minister of justice, Florin Iordache, resigned, amid controversies regarding controversial amendments to the Criminal Code that he backed and that were later repealed.

    Take note Americans, this is effectively a demonstration of how to correctly fire a government by and for the people that is breaking company policy.
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    Re: Experts: Romania uses nationalism in anti-corruption fight

    UPDATE: 11 February 2017

    Romania: rival protests continue amid decree fallout

    Rival demonstrators – both for and against the government – have been out in force to demand change.

    This after a controversial decree on corruption, which sparked international criticism.

    The protests are the biggest in the country since the fall of communism.

    Supporters of the government have spent the last few days surrounding the residence of Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

    Iohannis had encouraged anti-corruption protesters to demonstrate in the centre of Bucharest and lambasted the government for proposing the bill.

    Government backers have shouted for Romania to “Wake Up” and accuse the president of paying the protesters.



    Well... this is escalating quickly.
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    Re: Experts: Romania uses nationalism in anti-corruption fight

    As Romania's Crisis Continues, Spotlight on Corruption



    On Kovesi's watch, the DNA has boasted a conviction rate topping 90 percent, with guilty verdicts being handed to the likes of a prime minister and other top government officials. To her supporters, the figure represents an impressive achievement in the fight against corruption. To her critics, it is evidence of a system that is rigged in a way not seen since the communist era, when trials were often held only for show.

    Kovesi's efforts have received praise from Western officials, including Americans. But some analysts say the longer the protests continue, the more likely the West will start to reassess its opinion of her and the effort she leads.

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    Romania's Relentless Turmoil Puts its Stability at Risk

    The wave of protests and counter-protests in Romania could have damaging long-term consequences both for people’s trust in politics and for the economy, experts warn.





    The protests - the biggest since the fall of communism, taking place in more than 50 towns and cities across the country - forced the government to withdraw the decree. However, even with the legislation off the table for now, the political crisis that has engulfed Romania is likely to have longer-term consequences, once again exposing a deep rift in society.

    “A large part of Romanian society is obviously increasingly distrustful and hostile towards the current government, while many other people have the same attitude towards the President and the opposition,” sociologist Barbu Mateescu observed. “Political tension is set to continue in Romania,” he added.

    The previous government of Prime Minister Victor Ponta resigned in November 2015, following mammoth street protests, after graft among fire-safety inspectors led to a Bucharest nightclub fire that killed 64 people. Anti-corruption efforts have intensified over the past six years, as anti-graft investigations started to address big names and also to reveal cases of conflicts of interest, abuse of power, fraud and the award of state contracts in exchange for bribes.

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    Romanian top diplomat says Bucharest to maintain dialogue with Moscow

    Bucharest will maintain dialogue with Moscow in accordance with NATO and EU’s approach to Russia, Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu says






    Bucharest will maintain practical dialogue with Moscow in accordance with NATO and EU’s approach to Russia, Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu said in an interview with Radio Romania.

    "Romania will maintain practical and meaningful dialogue with Russia refraining from crossing the borders set up by Romania’s NATO and EU membership," he said adding that "the European Union’s sanctions, involving Romania, do not hamper cultural ties but on the contrary, we should use them the best way we can."

    "That’s what the positive development (of Romanian-Russian relations) requires," Melescanu went on to say. "This was one of the goals I set after becoming foreign minister." In the same interview, the Romanian top diplomat said that he planned to adopt "a more practical approach towards relations between Romania and Russia."


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