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Gândul - Romania | 03/11/2015

Bucharest tragedy culminates in revolution

More than 20,000 people protested against the government in Bucharest on Tuesday evening, calling for direct action to be taken after a disastrous fire in one of the city's nightclubs. Journalist Marian Sultanoiu of the web portal Gândul is deeply moved: "This evening's protest was a revolution on the part of decency and the European youth: a revolution born from the death of people their own age - and as a result of lethal corruption. These deaths, this frightful collective cremation were the straw that broke the camel's back. From now on there can be no turning back. This is the cleanest, truest and most impressive insurgence I have ever witnessed. It is filled with decency and sincerity. ... Its power makes you tremble. It's like life awaking from death."

Gândul - Romania | 24/03/2015

The evil of paid commentaries in Romania

For years Romanian parties have been paying people to flood websites with commentaries. Former minister Elena Udrea of the liberal-conservativee PMP admitted this in the course of corruption investigations against her. The online paper Gândul is not surprised at this confession: "This explains yet again how people's images are built up on the Internet. We're caught in a kind of Stone Age of political lobbyism in which intellectual rowdys bash you on the head as soon as you criticise their ruler. These invisible people are either students trying to earn a little extra cash, young 'politicians in training' or impoverished civil servants and pensioners who would do anything for money. All the parties have trained and built up such reliable hack writers so they can rush in like a rescue team and help them and their party leaders out when they're in trouble."

Gândul - Romania | 22/02/2013

Will Romania have PM of German origin?

The Mayor of Sibiu, Klaus Iohannis, joined the Romanian National Liberal Party (PNL) on Wednesday. Since Iohannis, the representative of the German minority in Transylvania, has a good reputation in the country, this represents an image boost for party leader Crin Antonescu and a warning signal for the PNL's alliance partner, the social democratic PSD, the liberal online daily writes: "As soon as Antonescu satisfies his obsession and becomes president in 2014, he should be ready for a bayonet war with the PSD. ... It won't take long for him to establish the tandem of himself as president and Iohannis as prime minister. And that's when things will become problematic for the social democrats. With Antonescu as head of state, the victory of the Transylvanian Saxon against [current prime minister] Ponta can hardly be doubted because Ponta will bear the stigma of having ruled the country during the crisis. And it also goes without saying that Iohannis will be able to secure the votes of the Transylvanians, all the minorities, as well as the much prized support of the Romanians living abroad."

Gândul - Romania | 31/07/2012

Government in Bucharest stubborn and inflexible

The suspended Romanian president Traian Băsescu can return to office after an insufficient number of voters turned out at the referendum to oust him. Hungarians living in Romania were conspicuous by their absence at the polls. But Prime Minister Victor Ponta announced that Băsescu was washed-up politically because some 88 percent of votes went against him. The daily Gândul is puzzled by Ponta's statement: "Ponta of all people seems to have lost touch with reality in Romania. It is untrue and certainly no way to behave to blame the Hungarians for scuppering the ballot. Everyone knew the rules from the start: the referendum would only count with a 50 percent turnout. But only 46 percent voted. So the 'blame' lies with the [left-liberal coalition] USL: either they were not credible enough or they weren't up to more, or the Romanians - regardless of ethnic background - wanted to send them a signal. ... The USL does not understand that the majority of Romanians has lost faith in the politicians and has no interest in their in-fighting. They don't understand the message that people are disappointed in Băsescu and his arrogance, but to the same extent or perhaps even more, they are shocked about politics of the USL."

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