11th November 2006
There's a bit of a ruckus in Romania right now. The government recently passed an amendment to the Penal Code, severely hampering the country's justice system. At the same time, it also aims to pardon thousands of prisoners and potentially shut down investigations into corruption scandals.
For obvious reasons, the Romanian people are not happy with this. They've taken to the streets in great numbers, led by the big tent party Uniunea Salvați România, and the National Liberal Party. Even the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, has participated in the protests and taken to the streets, opposing even his own government.
The government has, in the mean time, attempted to use the European Court of Human Rights as a scapegoat, claiming the bill was - in part - to avoid a fine by the ECHR due to the sheer overcrowding in Romanian prisons.
7th December 2003
Looks like they are also heading for a far-right authoritarian government. Too bad that this model is so popular, it will end badly.