“A new period of political instability is the last thing the Romanians need now. Romania has changed government twice this year. Thousands of people took to the streets in January to protest against the austerity measures and denounce the living standards”.
“President Traian Basescu and Prime Minister Victor Ponta attack each other without remorses. The battle started a month ago, when Ponta announced his intention to replace the president at the European Council summit,” notes financial journal in a paper called “Victor Ponta at war “, recalling that the Romanian Prime Minister continued the disputes, suggesting the initiation of suspension of President Basescu.
“The fight between the Romanian top political leaders monopolized the public debate; the main issues of Romania’s agenda at the European Council – such as the access to structural funds and the Schengen accession – are not important anymore for the public debate. Even Foreign Minister Andrei Marga was unable to present country’s official agenda for the European summit. When asked by Romanian media about Bucharest’s position at the Brussels summit, his spokesman said that Mr Marga did not have enough time to “process information”, says The Economist.
“Why is it so important who represents Romania at the European Council? Actually Brussels, does not really care if Romania is represented by the President or Prime Minister, given that fact that the country does not have a great influence on the European Council decisions,” added the financial magazine.
The Economist points out that Ponta was recently accused by the journal Nature for plagiarising significant that parts of his PhD thesis, but the Romanian Prime Minister rejected the allegations stating as usually that President Basescu is behind scandal. Apparently there is a new absurd trend in Romania at this moment: for any mistake made by politicians, Basescu is to blame.
In an interview with The Economist, Ponta admitted that Romania is currently experiencing a crisis of international credibility. According to The Economist, the high-level disputes do not help the nation at all. Ponta believes that disputes will be over only after the parliamentary elections in autumn, when Romania could change the government again, but till then it might be too late.
“Meanwhile, how does this crisis affect Romania? The nation currency dropped to a record level against the euro. The political disputes can influence also Romania’s chances to become a member of the Schengen passport free area this year. Political leaders in Bucharest seem to have forgotten already the thousands of people who protested in the cold early this year,” concludes The Economist blog.
Sources: The Economist, Antena3.ro