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Romanians hold a large European Union flag during a protest in Bucharest, Romania, Dec. 3, 2017 (AP photo by Vadim Ghirda).

Will the Third Prime Minister in a Year End Romania’s Political Turbulence?

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

In late January, Romania’s parliament approved Viorica Dancila as the nation’s first female prime minister—and the third prime minister in just the past year. The same ruling coalition has overseen a period of political turbulence driven by the largest wave of popular protests in Romania in a quarter of a century. In an email interview, Silvia Fierascu, a research fellow at the Center for Network Science at the Central European University in Budapest, discusses the ongoing political tensions, the balance of power and the role of international actors.

WPR: What do the recent political battles that ultimately resulted in Dancilas appointment as prime minister represent, in terms of the various forces arrayed in the government and the opposition, and the visions for Romania they offer? ...

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