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Update No: 136 - (29/09/08)
Romanian politics is in for a make-over. There
are parliamentary elections due on November 30. They will come after the US
presidential elections on November 4. The outcome of the latter could well have
a big impact on the former. An Obama victory would give a boost to the
opposition in Romania, a left-wing or at least leftish affair.
Romania, however, is one place where being on the right is no disgrace. In times
past, the left in the shape of Communism and Caeucescu did not exactly cover
themselves in glory.
Indeed the infamous dictator was a public menace of the first order, who
destroyed the centre of one of the most beautiful capital cities in Europe,
Bucharest, and kept a whole nation in bondage to his madcap schemes.
The number one problem
But what is politics about there now? The following news item is highly
indicative of Romania's number one political problem. Romanian Prime Minister
Calin Popescu Tariceanu is nominating the country's state pension chief as the
new Labour Minister.
The nomination comes after Romania's President Traian Basescu had suspended the
previous labour minister, Paul Pacuraru, who is under investigation for
The nomination of Mariana Campeanu, announced on September 19, was approved by
Transparency International report: Romania and Bulgaria remain most corrupt EU
Bulgaria has fallen sharply in the corruption perception index published by
Transparency International on September 17, while Romania comes second among the
most corrupt countries in the EU, followed by Poland, Lithuania, Greece and
A regional analysis of how corruption is perceived says that EU accession is not
an automatic remedy for corruption, as shown by the sharp fall of Bulgaria from
a 4.1 index in 2007 to 3.6 in 2008.
Romania's index is 3.8. From 2004 to 2007, Romania was named the most corrupted
EU candidate/member country.
The world index covers 180 countries and puts Romania 70th, with Bulgaria on
The righteous right-wingers
Representatives of the governing National Liberal Party (PNL) convened in
Bucharest on September 23 for a ceremony to launch the candidates of the party
for the parliamentary elections on November 30. Party leader and prime minister
Calin Popescu Tariceanu held the opening speech, saying that Romania will report
the highest economic growth in its modern history this year, under the PNL
He used the occasion to point out that the Liberals are the only right-wing
party in Romania. While lauding the merits of his government, he said a leftist
government would ruin Romania.
He said that by Left he meant the Social Democratic Party (PSD). He did not name
in the context the Democratic Liberals (PD-L), the main party backing President
Traian Basescu, Tariceanu's archrival.
The next two months are going to be of great interest in Romania.