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What the newspapers say: March 07, 2007

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Miercuri, 7 martie 2007, 0:00


Already eager to party during the weekend, the newsmakers seem to relax already. Not a lot of news, for the middle of the week or, at least, not as much as expected. One more reason to believe that newspapers would go bankrupt if politicians didn't quarrel that much.
Still, a big-shot anti corruption officer quit his job due to pressures, president's referendum may become obsolete and trustworthy politicians prove to be former collaborators of the political police.

Marian Sintion, head of the newly formed Anti Corruption General Department within the Interior Ministry, resigned from his position yesterday, accusing the way he interacted with several structures in the Police.
"Romanian Cattani, defeated by the Interior Octopus", is the title in Evenimentul Zilei.

Cotidianul seems to have some inside information on the scandal: the "professional issues" Sintion invoked in his resignation may be a group of Police generals and colonels who "got rich over night" and can not explain where their real estate wealth came from.

All other news is in fact old news. Former Liberal, now Liberal-Democrat Senator Mona Musca was a collaborator of Ceausescu's political police, Securitate.
Under the code name "Dana", she informed the intelligence service on several occasions, a fact proven first by the institution dealing with the Securitate files, now confirmed in the Bucharest Appeal Court, Gandul reads.

"The Black Sea - a Turkish lake" is the headline in Jurnalul National, which further reads "The US left president Basescu without his favorite toy: Americans would rather have Turkey ruling the Black Sea".
Ever since his election, the sailor-president Traian Basescu has lobbied for Romania to become an important player in the Black Sea region, bringing up the subject in each and every speech. New trends seem to prove his actions were quite useless.

Same Basescu says he is ready to give up the referendum on the uninominal vote, a subject that also made the headlines during the past two weeks, in case the political parties agree to modify the elections law in the Parliament, Romania Libera reads. In other words, the uninominal vote debate moved from the public plaza to the Parliament's hall.

Even more bad news come from the International Monetary Fund (IMF): the official delegation says that the budget deficit, the inflation and the current account are all about to grow, while the gross national product would decrease, in case budgetary wages grow as planned, Jurnalul National informs.
The economic growth would be under 7%, after 7.7% in 2006, but inflation may reach 5.5%, compared to 4.9% in 2006, instead of the expected 3-5%, said the head of the delegation, Emmanuel van der Mensbrugghe, according to the same newspaper.

The good news is that the gross national product (GNP) reached 100 billion euros in 2006, although the current account deficit grew in an abrupt manner. IMF officials still claim the Romanian economic policy is far from prudent, Cotidianul reads.























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