The Center Holds in Romania, but a New Far-Right Party Spells Trouble

George Simion, right, and Claudiu Tarziu, the leaders of the far-right Alliance for Romanian Unity, in Bucharest, Romania, Dec. 7, 2020 (AP photo by Vadim Ghirda).
George Simion, right, and Claudiu Tarziu, the leaders of the far-right Alliance for Romanian Unity, in Bucharest, Romania, Dec. 7, 2020 (AP photo by Vadim Ghirda).

The results of Romania’s parliamentary elections earlier this month were thought to be something of a foregone conclusion, with a victory expected for the ruling center-right National Liberal Party, or PNL. However, record-low voter turnout of just 32 percent saw the leftist opposition pull off an upset, with the Social Democratic Party, or PSD, taking 30 percent of the vote to the PNL’s 25 percent. That makes the PSD the largest party in Parliament, with 110 seats in the lower house, though it will remain in the opposition, as the PNL have agreed to form a governing coalition with two […]

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