Following in the footsteps of wayward EU member Hungary, one of Europe’s poorest countries, Romania, is the next post-Soviet state to be accused by Brussels of testing its democratic boundaries.
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Will you let us go back to "our commmunism"? Don't you understand we cannot do anything against their rules? Aren't you astonished?
This coming from unelected European officials. I don't remember voting for Rompey pompey or barolosso?
These comments reek of ignorance...it's truly sad.
"But that all changed in 2010 when the financial crisis hit." Maybe it changed simply because Romania is now in the EU and no longer has to make an effort to democratise, even just "for show". The true tendencies, which were always there under the surface, are just coming out now. Romania and Bulgaria were no way ready to join the EU in 2007.
"The rift lies between former Communist Bloc countries and those in western Europe." This is offensive. The current Hungarian government pressents a problem, Romania has a problem, the Czech Republic has somewhat of a problem. This does not mean there is a "divide" in Europe and that the former Communist countries have a different "political culture". What about Poland, Slovakia, Estonia, Slovenia, etc? Is the "political culture" of Greece or Italy (with its 60 governments in 50 years not to mention Berlusconi) "western"?
Since Brussels is quite happy to ignore referendum results it doesn't like, it's hardly n a good position to lecture others about democracy.
People in Eastern Europe have a healthy attachement to actual results. That's why they get impatient with the endless process-driven talk and de facto status quo and paralysis in most of the West (perfectly represented by EU institutions themselves). So it is more likely to get radical ideas and non-standard politicians in the East than in the West. East embraced nationalism, clericalism, fascism, socialism, communism, capitalism, whatever came along as long as the perception by people was that things might get better.
People in the east go for the jugular, game the systems, and in general act in self-serving ways. This can be annoying, but is is also more honest and authentic. Capitalism in the east very quickly disintagrated into plutocracy, abuse of labor rights, tunneling of companies, and a general kleptocracy - things that took a lot longer in the West, although it is clearly happening in the West right now.
People in the West need to understand that abstract "systems" that don't deliver results are just that: empty verbiage surrounding well-hidden and self-serving power. The East provides a mirror: there can be no truly free media that is owned by private interests, there can be no general prosperity in dog-eats-dog capitalism, there is no such thing as "meritocracy" any more in the West than there is one in the East, and maybe there is no such thing as "liberal democracy", only better and worse ways to run a society.
The ugly truth is that without self-restraint by the powerful, without growing wealth, and without external unifying threats, all these pathologies from th East are appearing the West. The political threat of communism made the prosperity and balanced societies the West possible (maybe inevitable). That's gone, how are we going to do the right thing without this external threat?
It seams that this country is under tremendous pressure from the autocrats in Buxelles...I wonder why. Are there any special interest in Romania ? ...perhaps this journalist didn't know that organizing a referendum is the most democratic way to solve our pressing social issues. I also wonder why should the EU interfere in the internal affairs of a member state? The article only proves the idea that the E. U. is an undemocratic institution, willing to squash and enslave the member states. It seems to be true that this "fictitious union" (utopia) is in fact a tool of destruction (of our national identities) and needs to be dismantled.
There is no other true democratic way to address social issues than organizing a "referendum" ! The current Romanian Govern,meant and Parliament is using the most democratic tool to address the political issues of the country. Your article seems to be paid by the undemocratic members of the PPE and it's cronies.
Romania is not a post-Soviet state. The rest of the article is documented just as well.
As: Count Dracula, Robin Hood, or, in contemporary, Elliot Ness, Lt.Colombo... Mr Basescu, now the suspended untill 29/07/2011 President of Romania, tries "his way" in order to make appart the Contry's Organised Crime which still continues (re)- Confiscating the State Institutions.
why you asked Catherine Durandin about what is happening in Romania...?I bet she never been to Romania...,it's absurd to pretend you know exactly what's going on when you have no ties with Romania.There is nothing illegal...it is unusual,but not illegal.All these measures were clearly determined in the country's constitution.The legitimacy is eventually given by the people on the refferendum that will take place on July 29.Not Catherine Durandin decide if is going to be o good move but the people of Romania.Stop interfering with internal affairs of this country.
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