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Anti-corruption as an electoral strategy in Romania’s 2020 elections

By Valentin Quintus Nicolescu / 19 January, 2021

The number one topic of the Romanian parliamentary elections in December 2020 was not, as one might have thought, the public health issues raised by the raging Covid-19 pandemic, but the fight against corruption. Both the National Liberals and the Save Romania Union (USR), along with the newly formed Alliance […]

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Electoral hold-up in Romania

By Victor Negrescu / 15 December, 2020

Romania’s Social Democratic Party (PSD) won the recent Romanian legislative elections, with around 30 percent of the votes and more than 34 percent of the seats in Parliament. Despite these results and the huge negative impact of the pandemic on Romania, we now have a political blockage. The conservative President, […]

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Romania’s parliamentary elections – the political landscape

By Mihail Caradaică / 11 December, 2020

The relative victory for the Romanian Social-Democratic (PSD) party in the parliamentary elections on 6 December 2020 ended a two years cycle of European, presidential, and local elections. The low turnout and the rise of a new far-right party concludes an electoral campaign dominated by an increasing number of Covid-19 […]

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Romania keeps its right turn, but is there any hope for the Left?

By Iulian Stanescu / 11 December, 2020

The parliamentary elections in Romania on 6 December brought relief and even some hope for the future for Social Democrats. The party stabilised its level of support to 30 percent of the vote, virtually the same result as in the September local elections. However, centre-right parties secured around 40 percent […]

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From bored to horrified: the Romanian elections of 2020

By Cornel Ban / 11 December, 2020

These were meant to be the most boring elections in Romania since 1990. Polls anticipated an easy victory for the centre-right coalition of the National Liberals (PDL/ EPP) and the liberal USR-PLUS (Renew Europe). Defying opinion polls however, the Social-Democrats (PSD) came first (29 percent), and the centre-right received substantially […]

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Progressive Pod on Romania Elections

By Maria Freitas / 10 December, 2019

In a podcast interview, Dan Luca, Senior Director of EURACTIV Media, iscoming back to the complex political situation in Romania.

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Towards a restart of Romanian social democracy

By Victor Negrescu / 10 December, 2019

Isolated, unable to convince its traditional voters, PSD Romania must start rebuilding by learning from its mistakes and listening to its members.

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What is left after the Romanian presidential elections?

By Ruxandra Ivan / 9 December, 2019

Because there is no authentic left-wing party, and because of a certain air du temps blowing conservatism across Central and Eastern Europe, the whole political spectrum in Romania has moved to the right.

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The 2019 Romanian presidential elections: a defeat for social democrats and for social justice

By Ramona Coman / 7 December, 2019

Beyond the worst electoral outcome for the party since 1989, Romanian social democrats are defeated in a country which is in a great need of social justice.

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