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What the newspapers say: December 5, 2008

de Radu Rizea     HotNews.ro
Vineri, 5 decembrie 2008, 8:48 English | Press Review

The parties negotiate the structure of the future Government, with center-right Democrat-Liberal and Liberal parties seeming the most plausible alliance. Still, the former frictions between the two formations make public statements maintain a prudent voice. In the economic news, the situation is far worse, newspapers read on Friday.

President Traian Basescu admitted on Thursday that Social Democrats are the "moral winner" of the elections, having more votes that any other party, despite winning less seats in the Parliament than the Democrat-Liberals, Evenimentul Zilei and most other papers note. Before discussing with the parties that gained parliamentarian representation, the head of state emphasized that the alliance for the future government should take less into account the doctrine differences and focus on priorities.

The Democrat-Liberal Party president, Emil Boc, publicly admitted that an alliance with the Liberals is the party's first option, in order to form a stable majority in the Parliament. On his turn, Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu, head of the Liberal Party, said that all negotiations will start from winning the certitude that liberal principles will be applied during the future mandate of the Government, Evenimentul Zilei reads. The Hungarian-Democrats are the only party that already announced that they will cooperate with any other party, in order to form the Government.

Gandul, on the other hand, quotes sources in the Liberal Party, claiming that only four leaders are willing to collaborate with president Basescu and the Democrat-Liberals. The alliance with the leftist Social Democrats isn't too attractive either, the newspapers comments.

Speaking of Social-Democrats: Gandul identifies two major influence groups within the party, that may soon break the formation in half: former Romanian president Ion Iliescu and former PM Adrian Nastase would rather negotiate the creation of a new Cabinet with the Liberals, while the party head, Mircea Geoana and former Transport Minister Miron Mitrea would choose negotiating with the Democrat-Liberals.

Meanwhile, the president puts some pressure on the parties, in order to reach a result as fast as possible. In case the negotiations end sooner, the president may name the future Prime Minister on December 15m earlier than the Parliament was first convoked, Cotidianul reads.

In the economic news, the most important info is that the car tax increased three times for imported second-hand cars, in a governmental attempt to stimulate the national car production, Evenimentul Zilei reads. Euro-4 standard compliant cars will be excepted from this duty.

Cotidianul publishes the worst news of the day: the state treasury is empty! With a budget deficit of 3%, growing fast towards 4%, with almost one billion Euros less income to the budget in November and a steady decreasing trend in December, the state budget takes a hard hit from the international financial crisis. The first to be affected are the retired elders, who should have seen a significant pensions' growth in December, but will have to wait for at least one year instead, before any increase.






















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