30 décembre 2016

A PM is not just for Christmas: Part IV

So that's that then. This morning, President Iohannis approved Sorin Grindeanu for the premiership, and asked parliament for their confidence vote as per the Constitution. Grindeanu will have ten days to form his government - and what a delightful crew that is sure to be....  If you have any trouble identifying Romania's new prime minister at the press conference in the photo below (source), here's a hint: he's the guy on the left without a single microphone, looking bored and playing with a pen, while the other bloke,... [Lire la suite]
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28 décembre 2016

A PM is not just for Christmas: Part III

(Photo source) Dragnea has come up with a new proposal for Romania's premiership: current president of Timis County Council, Sorin Grindeanu (pictured left), son of Nicolae Grindeanu, former PSD leader in Caransebes.  Communications Minister in the Ponta government from December 2014 to November 2015 and vice mayor of Timisoara for four years until 2012, he has been an MP since then.  A graduate in computer science from Universitatii de Vest (Timisoara) Mathematics Fac., he was part of a military science training... [Lire la suite]
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27 décembre 2016

A PM is not just for Christmas - Part II

(Photo source) President Iohannis has rejected Dragnea's proposal of Sevil Shhaideh (hurrah) after taking the Christmas break to chew on it. Well done President Iohannis, and well done Secret Services. The choice was so absurd that one can only presume it was meant to fail. Having weighed up the pros and cons, President Iohannis announced his decision in a televised statement earlier today. There was an elegant absence of explanations as to why, but the numerous arguments were pretty clear to anyone bothering to google.... [Lire la suite]
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23 décembre 2016

A PM is not just for Christmas - Part I

 (Photo source) What is one supposed to think re Dragnea's take-it-or-leave-it-coz-this-is the-only-one-I'm-giving-you proposal of Sevil Shhaideh as Romania's next Prime Minister? It's caused quite a stir. With no criminal record and no investigations underway, President Iohannis has no official reason to disapprove it seems. That she is both muslim aaaand a woman are not valid reasons despite the present climate in Europe, and the fact that no one can pronounce her name and few even know who she is are not grounds either.... [Lire la suite]
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22 décembre 2016

Ernest Urdareanu - The tale of an arrivist

I tumbled into R.G. Waldeck's Athene Palace yesterday and boy, is it a trove of history, first-hand gossip and addictive scandal in fabulous detail. I was no stranger to King Carol II's disastrous ruling nor the shameless disgrace of Elena Lupescu, but the career of unscrupulous leach Ernest Urdareanu (1897-1985), the true meteoric ascendance of an eminence grise, came as a staggering revelation. Pour yourself a nice festive drink, then sit back for a story that will whisk you back to late 1930s Bucharest - another world,... [Lire la suite]
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05 décembre 2016

Happy Feast of St Nicholas!

For 16 centuries, tradition has it that Saint Nicholas crosses the globe tonight, leaving presents for all those who have done good deeds throughout the year. Children (young and old, big and small!) polish their boots on the evening of December 5th, so that he will stop by and drop his gifts inside them. Over 811,000 Romanians mark their name day on December 6th. Saint Nicholas (Greek: Άγιος Νικόλαος , Agios ["saint"] Nikolaos ["victory of the people"]) (270 - 6 December 346) is the common name for Nicholas of Myra, a saint and... [Lire la suite]
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