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Romania’s ‘Hungarian problem’: A minority caught between integration and self-segregation

Romania is home to a large Hungarian population and the country’s legal system provides a number of rights in relation to the use of the Hungarian language in public life. Yet as Beáta Huszka argues, the way these rights have been implemented is frequently problematic and can foster a form of self-segregation among members of the Hungarian minority. Romania, like many countries in Central and Eastern Europe, has a significant minority population. The largest minority group consists of...

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Stealth populism: Explaining the rise of the Alliance for the Unity of Romanians

One of the major stories from the 2020 Romanian election was the success of a new nationalist party, the Alliance for the Unity of Romanians, which surprised observers by winning over 9 per cent of the vote. Drawing on new data, Mihnea Stoica, Vladimir Cristea and André Krouwel explain how the party managed to build support so rapidly. The most recent legislative elections held in Romania in December 2020 produced what was regarded by most political observers as a major surprise: a...

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How the Romanian diaspora helped put a new far-right party on the political map

At Romania’s parliamentary elections on 6 December, a new far-right party, the Alliance for the Unity of Romanians (AUR), secured a major surprise by winning around 9% of the vote. Magdalena Ulceluse explains why diaspora voters were key to the party’s success. On 6 December, the Romanian people were asked to elect a new parliament. The polling projected only a slight change to the balance of power. As always, it was expected that the country’s mainstream parties would account for most...

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What to expect from Sunday’s legislative elections in Romania

Romania will hold legislative elections on 6 December. Sergiu Gherghina previews the vote, writing that while the ruling National Liberal Party is likely to stay in power, the elections will represent a number of firsts for the country. Romanians will go to the polls this Sunday, the fourth time they have been called to vote in an election in a little over 18 months. This time, it will be legislative elections on the ballot, following presidential and European elections in 2019, and...

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European Parliament election preview: Romania’s EU elections will be a battleground for reformist forces

The 2019 European Parliament elections will be held on 23-26 May. Ahead of the elections, we will be previewing the contest in all 27 EU states (assuming the UK leaves in March). In the first article of the series, Bianca Toma and Alexandru Damian discuss the elections in Romania, which will offer an opportunity for reformist groups to put pressure on the country’s government. The European elections in Romania will be an important test in the struggle between the reformist forces supported by...

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The Rule of Law: Battleground for Democracy

Share the post "The Rule of Law: Battleground for Democracy" It has become commonplace to diagnose European politics with a populist disease, even as the meaning of populism is often left vague and contested. Evidence to this effect is drawn from the European left (eg Podemos, Syriza, and Labour under Corbyn), as well as the right (typically Fidesz, PiS, and the Lega Nord). The meta-narrative of the “populist moment,” however, can mask specific threats to democratic...

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Why this weekend’s referendum in Romania will ultimately benefit the LGBTIQ community

Romania is set to hold a referendum on 6-7 October to decide whether the constitutional definition of ‘the family’ should be altered to prohibit same-sex marriage. Mihnea Stoica argues that although there is little doubt the result will be in favour of the proposal, paradoxically it might well be the case that LGBTIQ rights will be strengthened in the long-run due to the greater awareness that now exists about the issue. This weekend, Romanians will head to the polls to vote in a referendum –...

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Why Romania’s protests have failed to bring about real change

Romania has experienced large anti-government protests on multiple occasions in the last few years, most recently in August this year. Yet as Daniel Brett explains, the achievements of these protests have been modest and short-lived, with the country’s ruling Social Democratic Party still maintaining power. He highlights that while the protesters and opposition parties may be united in their opposition to corruption, they have radically different views on social and economic issues, hampering...

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Romania’s protests and the PSD: Understanding the deep malaise that now exists in Romanian society

Anti-government protests in Romania have made international headlines, with over 400 people left injured following clashes between protesters and police on 10 August. Dennis Deletant writes that the protests are a symptom of a growing malaise in Romanian society fostered by the ruling Social Democrats that is estranging the citizen from the state. Massive anti-government protests, held in Bucharest and in other major cities in Romania on 10 August and involving more than 150,000 people, have,...

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The EU can’t remain silent over Romania’s protests

Over 400 people were left injured on 10 August after clashes between protesters and police in Romania. Bianca Toma and Alexandru Damian explain the origins of the protests, which emerged in opposition to attempts by the government to weaken anti-corruption measures. They argue that the EU’s response has been insufficient given the importance of tackling corruption in the country and the harsh treatment of protesters by the Romanian authorities. Protests against the ruling coalition in Romania...

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