Experts: Romania uses nationalism in anti-corruption fight
A anti-government protester holds a poster depicting the leader of the ruling Social Democratic party Liviu Dragnea in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. Romania’s president told lawmakers Tuesday the country is in a “fully-fledged” political crisis, after hundreds of thousands demonstrated against a government measure that would weaken the country’s anti-corruption drive.
Romania’s government, in trying to soften anti-corruption laws, is fanning the flames of nationalism by criticizing the presence of foreigners at protests, according to experts and politicians.
Officials also have been challenging the role of the European Union in the corruption fight, and suggesting it is time to put Romania first.
Cristian Parvulecsu, dean of the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, said some members of Romania’s ruling Social Democratic Party are promoting values favored by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, known for his anti-refugee stance.
A week before the protests broke out, powerful Social Democratic Party chairman Liviu Dragnea, who faces corruption charges that block his route to becoming prime minister, told Romanian television that financial checks should be carried out on NGOs operating in Romania because some that receive public money may not be operating lawfully.
He singled out philanthropist and financier George Soros, who has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to promote democracy in the former Soviet bloc, for criticism.
So, this has been going on while DP was down. Could Romania be the next Ukraine, except in reverse it would seem...