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Failing to Struggle or Struggling to Fail? On the New Judiciary Legislation Changes in Romania

By on 31st January 2018

The judiciary and its independence have been a continuous issue at stake in the post-communist Romania. Built mostly on the communist judiciary, which was almost totally subdued to the political power, and without any lustration taking place, the Romanian post-communist judicial system inherited many of the features of the past: a certain inclination for obedience […]

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Analysis: Criminal policy or criminal politics?

By on 17th February 2017
Protests in front of the Romanian Government. Photo Credit: Paul Toetzke

The general elections organised on the 11th of December 2016 in Romania have seen the lowest level of participation since the fall of communism in December 1989. Winning 46% of votes, a coalition made of PSD (Social-Democratic Party) together with a smaller social-liberal party (ALDE) managed to get the simple majority of seats in the […]

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Living Democracy in Romania: From Protest to Referendum?

By on 16th February 2017

Political developments after EGO 13 In the aftermath of the adoption of Emergency Government Ordinance No. 13/2017 (EGO 13) in the night of 31 January 2017 aiming at decriminalising abuse of office and other corruption-related offences, events went on rapidly in Romania. The attempt to surreptitiously pass legislation changing the Criminal Codes, while trying to […]

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