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What the newspapers say: January 30, 2007

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Marţi, 30 ianuarie 2007, 0:00


Romanian newspapers bury the governing alliance on Tuesday after the Democrats decided to run in European Parliament elections on separate lists than their Liberal parners. Opposition moves to suspend the head of state maintain a high level of attention as well.

And some newspapers focus on Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ visit to Romania in early February and the fate of the continuous expansion of the television market, where far-right leader Corneliu Vadim Tudor made his entrance yesterday.

The Democrats put a cross to the tomb of the governing D.A. Alliance with their decision to run on separate lists in EP elections expected in May this year, Cotidianul writes.

While PD leaders quoted by the newspaper say the unanimous decision would not jeopardize the coalition with their National Liberal Party-PNL, PNL officials called it a “serious and irresponsible” move and accused the PD of betraying the voters of the D.A. Alliance.

Gandul says the PD made the decision because it a full member of the European Popular Party, while the PNL is not. But it quotes a top PD member, Radu Berceanu, who suggests one reason for the decision might have been the higher support PD would have among voters.

The idea is supported by a Jurnalul National report that an internal-use poll showed the PD they would score a lot better than the Liberals in the European elections, with a 27% share of the vote against 12%.

And Evenimentul Zilei says adios to the governing coalition for good and publishes its obituary with “the goods and bads” of the past two years, starting with the EU accession and the improvement of living standards in Romania and ending with the huge scandals that marred its activities uninterruptedly.

The same Evenimentul Zilei reports that opposition efforts to suspend President Traian Basescu continued yesterday with a parliamentary vote to change the referendum law, which would allow the dismissal of the head of state with the vote of only 50%+1 of participants to a referendum.

According to the newspaper, Basescu has only one means to fight back - to send the bill back for re-examination.

On the same issue, Cotidianul says the opposition Social Democrats (PSD) have yet to establish the official reasoning behind their efforts to suspend the head of state as they don’t yet know what judicial arguments to use in support of their move.

Elsewhere in the papers, Jurnalul National reports that Microsoft founder Bill Gates is expected in Romania on Thursday - his first visit to the country.

He’ll be here for the opening of a Global Technical Support Center for Microsoft, where he’ll have the occasion to meet both President Traian Basescu and PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu.

Gandul reports that many of the 350 Chinese workers that have been protesting about the working conditions at a textile factory in Bacau, Eastern Romania will go home. Instead, the company is holding negotiations in China to employ another 500 workers starting February.

And Cotidianul reports that the leader of the far-right Greater Romania Party, Corneliu Vadim Tudor, launched his own television station on Monday and promises to break audiences in half with Christian shows.

In a separate report, the newspaper notes Tudor’s Cosmos TV appears at the beginning of an year where a huge number of new stations are announced, promising to shake well Romania’s already crowded television market.
























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