The Romanian Referendum Battle: A President Hangs On

In a high-stakes referendum held last month, Romanian President Traian Basescu won an important vote of confidence from the Romanian electorate. Although the holding of the referendum was duly noted in the international media, surprisingly little was said about the stakes involved for Romania: a young post-Communist democracy and new EU member state that found itself precipitated into an unprecedented constitutional crisis by an attempt to oust the president that clearly resembled a parliamentary coup. Basescu’s first two years in office had been distinguished by an aggressive anti-corruption campaign designed to meet the expectations of Romania’s European partners and by […]

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