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Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski

The Social-Liberal Union (USL) was the clear winner of the parliamentary election in Romania, held on 9 December. The USL had been in power since May 2012 and is a centre-left coalition of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), the National…

OSW Report | | Tomasz Dąborowski, Jakub Groszkowski

Despite their initial interest in shale gas exploration, over the past year Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Romania have become increasingly sceptical about the development of unconventional gas resources. In January of this year…

Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski

On 21 August, the Romanian Constitutional Court ruled that the referendum held in July to dismiss President Traian Basescu was invalid. In the referendum, the vast majority of voters supported the president's removal (87.5%), but the…

Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski

Romania is undergoing its largest political crisis in years. The verdict of the Constitutional Court about the effectiveness of the impeachment of President Traian Basescu will be issued as late as the 31th August. At the…

Analyses | | Marta Szpala

A referendum on the impeachment of President Traian Basescu will be held on 29 July in Romania. On 18 July, under pressure from the EU, the parliament changed the rules for holding the referendum and introduced a 50 per cent turnout…

Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski

Last week saw an escalation in the conflict between President Traian Basescu and the Victor Ponta government which has been in power since May this year. On 6 July, the parliamentary majority led to the president being suspended from…

Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski
Since the centre-left Social-Liberal Union (USL) came to power in Romania in May, a new, tension filled chapter has opened up in what had been good relations between Romania and Hungary. Victor Ponta’s cabinet has been sharply…
Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski
On 22 May, the Romanian parliament adopted a new act on the electoral system. The previous proportional electoral system has been replaced with a majority system. The new act has cancelled the five per cent electoral threshold and…
Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski
On 7 May the Romanian parliament approved the government of Victor Ponta by a clear majority of votes. This was formed by the Social-Liberal Union (USL) which until now has been in opposition.
Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski
Emil Boc stepped down as prime minister of Romania on 6 February. The official reason for his decision was the desire to reduce social tension resulting from budget cuts and the significant impoverishment of society.