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The Tragedy of Contemporary Romania

Romania is heading toward a de facto presidential system, with one party in charge of everything

Submitted by Serban V.C. Enache…

After the first round of presidential elections in Romania, the political debate is lacking and Romania’s prospects are dire. The country is heading toward a de facto presidential system, with one party in charge of everything. During election day, all the counts were showing the two center right candidates – Klaus Iohannis and Dan Barna – leading the race, with Viorica Dancila of the social democrats in third place. The social democratic party’s electorate is predominantly formed of early voters, and prior to 18:00, Dancila was lagging behind Barna. However, after 18:00, both Iohannis and Barna went down in the count, while Dancila went up. The end result was 36.91 percent for Iohannis, 23.45 percent for Dancila and 14.19 percent for Barna. Some speculate that the party machines of the leading center-right candidates gave up some of their votes to Dancila, in order to ensure Iohannis an easy, large win during the second round. With any other opponent in the final round Iohannis would have had a more difficult time. Both center right parties [PNL and USR-PLUS] don’t have a program, and have based their entire platform on an anti-PSD [the social democratic party] slogan. They went so far in their demonization of the social democrats, calling them pro-Russian and anti-Western, which is 100 percent fake news; because the social dems are wholly bent to Western interests, just like every other mainstream political party in Romania.

The country’s constitution, cleverly written by its authors to create a legal mess for the nation and its future, is a hybrid system. The president is the head of state and in charge of foreign policy, the president signs in the ministers, appoints ambassadors, the chief prosecutor, and heads the secret services. However, the executive must also have parliament backing. With so much overlap and conflicting attributes, the president, the prime-minister, and parliament come into conflict with each other, and the constitutional court ends up arbitrating issues – which leads to prolonged litigation, obfuscation, and overall chaos and inefficiency. According to the constitution, the Romanian president has to be independent and not interfere in party politics. However, Iohannis, since day one of his first term, expressed the desire to have his own government, and he finally got his wish fulfilled with the newly installed administration of Ludovic Orban. Iohannis also stressed the need to have early parliamentary elections, after he secures a second term, in order to secure a PNL only or mostly PNL majority in parliament and keep “his” government in office for as long as possible.

Last year, during the 100 year celebration of Greater Romania, Iohannis was asked during an event about reunification between Romania and Moldova, when will it occur. Unenthusiastically, Iohannis said it will happen when the people of both countries will agree to it. That is utter sophistry. A majority in both countries for reunification has existed for a long time, and still exists, albeit with less ardor from the Moldavians, due to the chaos in Romanian internal affairs. Let me be perfectly clear, there will be no reunification, so long as Romanian political elites will refuse to invite the Russian Federation at the negotiation table. A considerable ethnic Russian minority resides in Moldova. Moscow wants guarantees that this minority will be treated fairly, and it also wants security guarantees for itself. It doesn’t want Moldova to become new territory for NATO, on which military bases and missile systems will be placed, their sights trained against Russia. Western-slave politicians in Romania often lie on the tele that these NATO systems aren’t designed to threaten Russia’s security, but to protect NATO countries from foreign threats like North Korea and Iran. Only an utter moron would believe such a brazenly false narrative.

I also want to make a short comment on Crimea. Many in the West have compared the referendum in Crimea to join Russia with the Austrian referendum from 1938 to join Germany. To claim that there was no great majority of Austrians desiring to join Germany out of their own, free volition is to lie to freeze the waters, to utilize a Romanian expression. People of the same blood should belong in the same Reich, that was Hitler’s philosophy, and no doubt it was shared by the vast majority of Austrians – who shared the same language, religion, race, and culture with Germany, a revived super-power at the time, led by an Austrian national. Imagine the United States with a Mexican national as president, who proposes a referendum in Mexico for it to join the US. A majority in favor of such a move would be very easy to secure.

Crimea had been part of the Russian Empire since 1783, until the Soviets transferred it to the Soviet Socialist Republic of Ukraine in 1954. In a survey from 2013, a big majority of Crimeans [82 percent] said they spoke Russian at home, 3 percent said they spoke Russian and Ukrainian equally, and another 3 percent said they spoke Russian and another language equally. In that same survey, only 20 percent claimed to be ethnic Ukrainians. Language, culture, and religion are the most important things to have in common. With the Western-sponsored orange revolution in Ukraine [political instability, violence, and Russophobic messages], meant to end the buffer zone status quo between NATO and Russia, both Moscow and Crimea acted accordingly to protect their interests. Much like the people of Basarabia acted in 1918 to join the Romanian Kingdom and leave the Russian Empire, who at the time was engulfed in a terrible civil war between the monarchists and the revolutionaries. Among the rules formulated by the Country Council [Sfatul Tarii] in 1918, Basarabia would remain autonomous, with its own diet, elected democratically; the rights of minorities had to be respected; two Basarabian representatives would be part of the Romanian government, and Basarabia would send to parliament a number of representatives equal to the proportion of its population; with all elections carried out through direct, equal, secret, and universal vote; freedom of speech and of faith to be guaranteed by the constitution; and all individuals who had committed felonies for political reasons during the revolution to be given amnesty.

In 1940, after the signing of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, the USSR pressured Romania, on pain of war, into withdrawing from Basarabia, allowing the Red Army to annex it. The core parts of the region were transformed into the Soviet Socialist Republic of Moldova, while territories inhabited by Slavic majorities in the north and south were transferred to the Soviet Socialist Republic of Ukraine. Aligned with the Axis Powers, Romania recaptured the region in ’41 and lost it in ’44 as the tide of war changed. In 1947, the Soviet-Romanian border along the Prut river was internationally recognised by the Paris Treaty [which ended World War 2].

During the breakup of the USSR, the Moldavian and Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republics proclaimed their independence in 1991. During the transition years, when Romanian political elites had successfully brought US geopolitical influence in the Balkans, instead of playing between NATO and Russia to retain sovereignty and carve out a truly independent path, they completely went with the US, and fell into the trap of having zero bargaining power vis-a-vis Washington. Better said, they trapped the country while receiving tremendous bribes and perks in the process. With the help of Romanian oligarchs and the mercenary Romanian secret service, Western business groups looted the country in a thorough and systematic manner, far exceeding what the Bolsheviks plundered after WW2. That was the price for acquiring IMF loans, for joining NATO and the European Union. As a side note, the infamous Ion Iliescu of the social democrats was the president who got Romania into NATO; so all you trolls saying that PSD are Kremlin stooges and anti-European can sod off.

Conclusion

The final round of elections, due on November 24th, is a joke. Dancila is a strawman, a strawman chosen by Iohannis himself and the powers that be. Iohannis will win by a landslide, will most likely dissolve parliament to trigger early elections, ushering a center-right epoch for the next five years at least, with all power de facto concentrated in his hand. So long as Romania will behave as a colony state for NATO and the EU, and manifest open hostility toward Russia, reunification with Moldova will never happen. Only in a Westphalian, multi-polar setting can reunification be plausible and successful; but there’s no political desire for such a thing, nor popular will for that matter – this especially includes the Romanian Orthodox Church, so impotent, so corrupt, uninterested in anything else but material gains [money-making avenues]. This nation is cursed for the foreseeable future, condemned to division, thralldom, hypocrisy, and self-hatred.

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Cumtefacu
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Cumtefacu

nicely written piece of Russian propaganda…

Andrei Martin
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Andrei Martin

Traiasca Tovarasul Iohannis. Go join the whinny libtards and campaign for Killary while you’re at it.

Me the Romanian
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Me the Romanian

Corect! :))

La panthère rose
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La panthère rose

Oricând un media independent iese din ortodoxia gândirii dictate de media “mainstream”din Romania/Europa(care aparține în totalitate oligarhilor) e catalogat -propaganda rusească- fără un argument de orice ordin sau măcar o umbră de articulație intelectuală( à l’américaine). Mesajul e suveranist deci nu poate fi pro rus. E car că jocul electoral stânga/dreapta e pentru” adormirea vițeilor”( și funcționează) cât timp toate direcțiile politice sunt date de “politburo” UE care la rândul lor își iau ordinele de la elitele bancare. “Greșeala” articolului e însuși esența sa: Să caute un spirit suveranist într-un popor care de-a lungul marii majorități a istoriei sale a… Read more »

Anticommunist
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Anticommunist

Total Russian propaganda.PSD is made of previous and present communists who have in mind only their corrupted interests

Cristian Tabara
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Cristian Tabara

Is that why all the so-called liberal, and pro-western parties and media outlets in Romania highly criticize politicians who express public doubt over the work of prosecutors and judges? They call it political involvement in the justice process. But look at good old US and A. Congressmen and the President are commenting everything, including trial procedures and court decisions. In Romania, the prosecutors and the judges are the new Securitate. The so-called anti-communists in Romania use the same, exact means of the bolsheviks. Go vote for Iohannis who was very eager to part of a PSD government back during the… Read more »

Andrei Martin
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Andrei Martin

You made me laugh. Traian Basescu, one of the biggest communist and a proven collaborator with the Securitate, was corrupt as hell, back during Ceausescu’s years and after ’89. He was hugely popular with the right, and was backed by the so-called capitalist, freedom-loving embassies of the West. If you think the 2019 political situation in Romania, hell, in the world in general, is about capitalists vs communists, you have lived for naught on this world.

Colea
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Colea

How was Băsescu “one of the biggest communists”? He never had any high function in the party, not even at county level. Stop talking Andrei Martin.

Andrei Martin
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Andrei Martin

He was at Anveres, as a ship captain, in charge of numerous activities, and busy being a double agent and an informant, comrade Petrov. What did he do after ’89? He plundered Romania’s commercial fleet and a lot more. No small-time communist could have done such a thing. He was one of the biggest communists ever to be in power after ’89.

Köble Zoltán
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Köble Zoltán

I don’t think the whole article is just propaganda. Yes, PSD is a party of former communists, but to affirm that only they are corrupt, is too much. It’s sad, but much of the population is aware that corruption has infected the whole political system. And for now I don’t see a way out.

Andrei Martin
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Andrei Martin

Propaganda for what? Negotiating with the Russians in order to achieve a peaceful reunification with Moldova is pro-Russian propaganda? How do you envision the process without diplomacy? Do you think Romanian soldiers with NATO backing will somehow take Moldova by force? You go on the battlefield then, and let’s see how you do.

Cristi
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Cristi

Pui de comunist mai ești și tu. Nu chiar toți punem botul in propaganda de la Kremlin. Voi ăștia sunteți expirați .

Andrei Martin
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Andrei Martin

Ad hominems + strawmen. Classic.
Eu sunt din Republica Moldova si vreau unire. Ce e rau in a fi diplomat? In a negocia si cu Vestul si cu Estul? Stii cine vrea sa normalizeze relatiile dintre Vest cu Rusia? Donald Trump. Si asta e pui de comunist?

Annabelle
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Annabelle

Russian sponsored partisan BULLSHIT!

Prussian Prince
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Prussian Prince

All the 21st century anti-communists use smartphones, tablets, and computers made in China. They all hail the CCP. Hahahaha.

Dragos Rugescu
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Dragos Rugescu

Full of inaccuracies, half-baked lies and half-truths in perfect harmony. Russian-styled subversion. And people even get paid to write stuff like this. This is not even sad, it’s worse.

Mcb
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Mcb

Wtf is this bullshit article? Man, what you smoke?

Gabe
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Gabe

Just a rant on multiple thematics.. this is a storm of thoughts…
Who will read this long complicated story in an English which needs some better phrase choices?!?

Colea
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Colea

This is pure PSD propaganda. Boo.

Andrei Martin
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Andrei Martin

How is it PSD propaganda?
The social democrats are described in the article as Western stooges. Dancila’s result in the first round is described as election rigging done by Iohannis, so he has the worst, easiest opponent in the second round. He would have had a tougher time running against Barna.

John Paul II
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John Paul II

You stink of russophile. Мудак

Eugen
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Eugen

Propaganda ruseasca de la cap la coada,plina de fake news-uri.

John Doe
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John Doe

What a crock of sh*t,the author should be ashamed!

IukianKis
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IukianKis

Limbaj de comunist platit de PSD

Andrei
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Andrei

How is it PSD propaganda?
The social democrats are described in the article as Western stooges. Dancila’s result in the first round is described as election rigging done by Iohannis, so he has the worst, easiest opponent in the second round. He would have had a tougher time running against Barna. Dancila was supposed to come in 3rd. All the polls said so, and the voting count during election day said the same thing, up until 18:00.

Ionel
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Ionel

@andrei: Mai citeste o data articolul si daca tot nu te-ai lamurit atunci inca o data. Daca nici a 3-a oara nu vezi inseamna ca ori n-ai circumvolutiuni pe creier ori refuzi pur si simplu sa recunosti mizeria

Ionel
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Ionel

This made me rofl. 100% bullshit.

ripcrest
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ripcrest

As has been said before, this is transparent Russian propaganda. And Russia is a failed country full of losers and drunkards who only care about beating their wives and killing LGBT people. Fuck that dirty fascist country. At least China is building shit and sending rockets to the moon

Prussian Prince
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Prussian Prince

Really? Are gays being killed in the streets of Moscow? Oh, wait, that happens in the Gulf states, which the Western countries love to do business with, while sponsoring Wahhabism to do regime change in secular Arab countries who wish to be independent.

Angela A
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Angela A

Not complete bs, but full of half truths and propagandistic ideas. I agree that there should be a debate. But PSD IS pro russian and anti western. Mrs Dancila has just said that all the romanians abroad are not romanians and are traitors. So how could someone with at least half a brain vote for her or her party’s agenda?

Andrei Martin
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Andrei Martin

Dancila’s government passed the law which gave the Diaspora 3 days to vote, plus the ability to vote by mail. She was grilled by anti-Iohannis journalists for not giving voters in Romania the same perks. If Dancila believed they were “traitors”, why would she give them such large room to vote against her and against PSD and at every other election in the future? The article clearly describes PSD as Western stooges and the election rigged. Barna should have been in the 2nd round, not Dancila. Also, where exactly is the pro-Russian propaganda? Saying that reunification with Moldova should happen… Read more »

Dec
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Dec

She passed the law because Romania is a democratic country and it is logical that diaspora should be given the option to exercise their democratic right of voting. That it turned somehow against her it’s a different story.

Andrei Martin
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Andrei Martin

No other country offers this sort of privileged voting rights to its diaspora. At any rate, Dancila could have abstained from making these changes. Yet she did make them, even though she knew the overwhelming majority of voters abroad would vote for the competition. Again, how the hell is Dancila working against the Diaspora? Angela’s comment is utter rubbish. Dancila de jure and de facto gave privileges to the Diaspora: 3 days of voting + the ability to vote via mail. People in Romania don’t have the latter option, and are given only 1 day to vote.

Andrei Martin
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Andrei Martin

So wanting to tax multi-nationals = being anti-European, anti-American, and pro-Russian. Agreeing to Washington’s decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and hence moving Romania’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem = being anti-American & pro-Russian. Not prosecuting big Western firms who broke and who break the law = being anti-American, anti-European & pro-Russian. Keeping financial and commercial sanctions against Russia = being anti-American, anti-European & pro-Russian. Giving Romanians in Diaspora 3 days of voting plus the ability to vote via mail = being anti-American, anti-European & pro-Russian. Allocating 2% of GDP per NATO requirement to purchase… Read more »

Lucian Ionel Micu
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Lucian Ionel Micu

Du-te bă de aici cu idioțeniile tale ca de exemplu că toți vor unire cu Moldova și că psd este demonizat. Înghite-ți propaganda pesedistă mizerabilă și nu mai polua pe alții!

Lor.
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Lor.

The author should be jailed for promoting fake news. These ‘news’ are directed from Kremlin.
All of it is a fake. You only fool people outside from Romania.

Personal
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Personal

Nobody voted iohanis. He took the ticket when was In visit, in usa .in romania since 90s all the presidents was jewish .the last Romanian president was ceausescu. Iohanis didn’t make something in 5 years .the people are not stupid.diaspora never vote iohanis.

Mihai
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Mihai

What are you talking about? PSD is totally opposed to Western values and that was seen both in the EU election and in how they governed. And Moldova is not pro reunification. Pools there show this would be rejected by over 60%. You are right that PNL and USR+ have no agenda and only live to oppose PSD but that’s a completely different subject.

TDd
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TDd

Ăștia de scrieți că articolul ar fi propaganda rusă, vă comunic despre faptul că v-a spălat Iohannis la creier de v-a rupt. Mai găsiți casa? Dar wc-ul vi l-a pus Iohannis în casă?
Chiar de articolul este propaganda rusească, zice bine. Încă nu-i in punctul in care sa ne tragă aiurea. Zice sa fim independenți și să ținem cu ai noștri Basarabeni.
Dar voi nu mai vedeți dincolo de titlul articolului. Obosiți daca citiți tot?

Tony Papagallo
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Tony Papagallo

Im a british expat living in Romania. With a western income you can live very comfortably here however, you cannot but see from the inside the country is slowly dying. Scores of Romanians die on the roads every month as trucks fall on top of maxi-taxis taking people to the factories to earn a few Lei for their families. Meanwhile the Government ministers make statements like ‘it is not the responsibility of Government to build roads’ A walk around any of Romania’ principal cities and you notice there are no young people, at all, anywhere. It is, indeed, the most… Read more »

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