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German media: Social Democrats may sacrifice former PM Nastase so that EC ends Romanian Justice monitoring process

de Radu Rizea     HotNews.ro
Luni, 26 ianuarie 2009, 10:56 English | Politics

The decision of the Social Democrats (PSD) to join a governing alliance with their former enemies, the Democrat-Liberals (PDL), caused a bloody battle among the various groups within the party. Some even may agree with sending to court and convicting several party leaders (suspect in corruption files), in exchange for an European Commission decision to end the monitoring process on the Romanian Justice system. One of the sacrifices may be that of former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase, reads the Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung (FAZ), in an article called "The pack of Carpathian wolves has the power".

The article analyzes the "fight for the bone" of the PDL - PSD coalition, the failure of president Basescu in refreshing the political class and the renewing of Daniel Morar as head of the Anti-Graft Prosecution Office (DNA), seen as the last functional institution born during the 2005-2006 reforms.

"The power is shared in a new way in Bucharest, ever since the PDL-PSD coalition reigns. Before that, the inheritors of Ceausescu were united by their hate against president Basescu, against former Justice Minister Monica Macovei and against the DNA chief, Daniel Morar. Now, that president Basescu made possible their return to power, post-Communists fight each other with a hate that resembles a pack of Carpathian wolves more than complicated, Byzantine palace plots", FAZ reads.

The newspaper finds a resemblance between a PSD central figure, Miron Mitrea, and the Conservative leader, Dan Voiculescu: "They both learned how to make business during Ceausescu’s reign, they are both suspect in corruption cases and they both failed to appear before a court". About the PSD president, FAZ comments that he's not very strong in his position, despite being the son of a former Securitate general (Securitate was Ceausescu's political police).

About the new Interior Minister, Liviu Dragnea, FAZ notes that he's one of the most notorious "party surfers in Romania", exchanging parties in accordance with his needs.




















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