Romania's short-lived center-right government has collapsed in a no-confidence motion tabled by left-leaning opposition parties. They had seized on public anger over cronyism and austerity measures prompted by a 2009 bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European Union (EU). At a special session of the Bucharest parliament, speaker Gregorean Pop said 235 lawmakers out of 460 had voted against the government of Prime Minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, less than three months after it came to power. The no-confidence tally was four more than the threshold of 231 votes. Within hours, President Traian Basescu designated the head of the opposition Social-Liberal Union (USL), Victor Ponta, to form a new government. "He was the only proposition made by three political parties," Basescu said. Ponta has ten days to draft a cabinet line-up and ask parliament for backing. Earlier on Friday, Ponta had told reporters his party was "ready to assume responsibility. Today justice … [Read more...] about Romanian government toppled over cutbacks and cronyism
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The Party of Socialists of Republic of Moldova (PSRM) organised on November 18th a national rally in the city centre of Chișinău. The main goal of the meeting, according to socialists, was protesting against the current government “that moves Moldova in the wrong direction.” Seems like old times Several representative populist slogans used in the past by the soviets reverberated during the rally. The most popular ones were “turning the power in the hands of masses”, “we will begin the Moldova’s liberation” and “there is still hope.” The PSRM supporters got together and, just like in other mass gatherings organised by the party, were transported to Chișinău free of charge with special designated buses. Moreover, some people were noticed by our reporters while distributing banknotes of 100 Lei (the Moldova’s national currency). In the main square, the place where protesters gathered, an atmosphere of sadness … [Read more...] about The Great Union then and now: how does the Romanian nation celebrate 100 years from the unification?
Ski slopes without lift lines. Steaming thermal baths. Rich fireside meals. While most people flock to Europe in the summer, winter has its own charms — especially if you avoid the most popular destinations like France and Italy. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you’ll find: intricate architecture, alluring streets, free-flowing wine; in other words, everything you’d expect from Europe — but with fewer crowds and, in some cases, for half the price. This winter, here are three European destinations you should consider. PortugalSeeking mild weather this winter? Portugal is a fantastic choice.Start in the romantic city of Lisbon — and if you don’t mind hills, stay in the enchanting Alfama neighborhood, which has been inhabited since the fifth century.Because of its relatively warm temperatures (in the 50s) and small crowds, Paula Oliveira, executive director of Turismo de Lisboa, calls winter “a perfect period to come for a … [Read more...] about Take the road less traveled with these European gems
I grew up in Newark, Delaware, a college town in the US of about 60,000. Today, I live in Barlad, a city of about the same size, located in Romania's east. My job in Romania is to work as an American Peace Corps volunteer, teaching English at a local industrial high school. Life for me here is not terribly different than it is in America. There's a main street with lots of little restaurants and shops. You can buy high-end electronics, like laptops, at one of the many tech stores in town. I can drink Guinness beer at a bar in the city center. Everyone has cellphones, even little kids. I live in a studio apartment where I have hot water, high-speed internet, a washing machine and a microwave. A surprise for visitors from the US Friends and family who have visited me in Romania have been surprised to find how developed my host country is. I guess they expected to find just dirt roads with lots of beggars and overt poverty. 30 percent of the country lives below the poverty … [Read more...] about Romania struggling through the crisis
Nine in 10 Brits overspend on holiday every year because of confusion on exchange rates and hidden fees abroad. According to foreign exchange provider Travel Money Club, some travellers will spend more than double their budget, with one in four expecting to run out of cash by day three, because they've no idea what they’re spending in the local currency. However, it doesn't have to be so complicated. With the summer holidays almost upon us, families will be looking forward to jetting off to warmer climes - but where should you be buying your travel money? The pound has fallen in recent months against many currencies, including both the euro and the US dollar, mainly due to uncertainty around Brexit. In fact, the pound has lost more than 5% of its value against the euro since May. Some currency suppliers are offering their lowest exchange rates since August 2017, and many high street providers are offering their customers just above parity on the euro. This means holidaymakers … [Read more...] about Best place to buy travel money for summer
The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. Before you start reading The Capitals today, you need to know that EURACTIV Media Network for Europe is celebrating 20 years of free, independent reporting with European values at its core. Check our campaign “20 Visions for Europe“. Make sure you also have a look at “Bordeaux winegrowers want to leave chemicals behind to save our environment” as part of EURACTIV’s final entry for the special report: “European winemakers grapple with environmental questions“. Also have a look at “No future for gas without greening as soon as possible“, as part of our special report entitled “Biogas in the EU“. /// Τhe US administration has decided to impose 10-25% tariffs on European goods after a World Trade Organisation (WTO) had ruled in favour of the US … [Read more...] about EU member states shocked by US tariffs, seek response