Romania: Gov’t Coalition Stands Up

Even before the final formation of the coalition government in Romania, tensions have already arisen between the three government partners, namely PNL, USR-PLUS and UDMR, according to a series of reports from local media and online press.

According to the daily Adevarul, the coalition experienced initial internal attacks just a day after receiving a no-confidence vote in Parliament, although the leaders of the three parties had previously decided to “follow a relaxing approach in their public speeches”. The daily reports that the first “bullet” was fired by USR PLUS co-chair Dacian Cioloş, who expressed his dissatisfaction with the presence of Liberal Education Minister Sorin Cimpeanu in government.

Entitled “New Criticism in the Coalition,” Digi 24 echoed recent statements by Liberal MP Daniel Gheorghe attacking Senate Speaker Anca Dragu (USR-PLUS). The latter announced the creation of a joint parliamentary committee in charge of implementing the 2009 referendum decision, according to which Romanians voted in favor of creating a single parliament with a maximum of 300 deputies. According to MP Gheorghe, a Parliament without discrimination in the House and Senate would constitute a case of “populist folly that could seriously affect the functioning of the Romanian Republic”. In addition, the MP estimates “that we can expect absolutely everything” from the USR-PLUS team and Dacian Cioloş.

Moreover, the daily Bursa published on its website an article identifying the dangers that the coalition government may face. Forced to take “structural adjustment measures to adapt Romania to the wave of rapid technological change in the global economy”, the coalition government will be tested for the next four years, although it has more financial resources than the country had in between. newspaper, public expectations will be very high and unbearable, which “will lead to political, economic and social risks, almost forever”.

Moreover, the distribution of ministerial portfolios – and indirectly budgetary resources – would be a permanent source of conflict between PNL and USR-PLUS. The Bursa newspaper, therefore, expresses its skepticism regarding the preservation of the same form of government for the next 4 years.

Another risk is related to political and economic reforms. According to the newspaper, the reform of political institutions, for example the Constitutional Court, the Judiciary and economic institutions, the labor market, the functioning of markets, represents a “source of conflict” as it “reshapes relations between people, trade, collective or individual interests.” Delays in restructuring the labor market, the public pension system and the social security system could cause tensions, which could benefit the Social Democrats (PSD), while the party will be able to come to power in 2024, the newspaper argues.

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