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What the newspapers say: December 9, 2008

de Radu Rizea     HotNews.ro
Marţi, 9 decembrie 2008, 8:41 English | Press Review

"The impossible alliance" is one step away from becoming reality: Democrat Liberals (PD-L) and Social Democrats (PSD) are close to signing a deal to form the Government together, despite the open conflict between the parties during the past years.

After an entire mandate in which PSD accused PD-L of using the anti-graft prosecution office (DNA) to destroy its leaders, the two parties are close to forming an alliance. "Greed won in front of hate", Evenimentul Zilei reads. Despite the opposition of important PSD leaders, the party decided to accept to form the Government with PD-L, the same newspaper reads, adding that PSD leader Mircea Geoana gave up to the pressure of "local barons" (PSD leaders in the territory, commonly known for "owning" their political circumscriptions).

Also in Evenimentul Zilei, PD-L leader Emil Boc says that his party is only looking for a wide Parliamentarian support for the future Government, mainly because of the challenges Romania is about to face during the economic crisis. Boc added that negotiations with the Liberals are not over and that he "expected a call' from the Liberal leader, PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu.

PD-L offered PNL a vice prime minister seat and the House of Deputies Speaker office, but Liberals insist that they should name the prime minister. The latest statement of Tariceanu was that Liberals are prepared to move to the Opposition, that the door is still open for negotiations and that his party still refuses to make any major compromise.

Meanwhile, president Traian Basescu seems to quit waiting for the parties to negotiate and announced that he will name a prime minister on Wednesday, so that the new Government would be functional before Christmas, Gandul reads.

The Hungarian Democrats, first rejected by PSD as possible ally in the future government may still have a shot at being part of the future Cabinet, Democrat-Liberals announcing their support for the idea, Gandul reads.

But the effects of the Government changing are already visible in the latest political and economic controversial decisions of the state institutions. On Monday, the Juridical Commission in the Parliament decided not to approve the opening of a criminal investigation of the Social Democrat vice president, Adrian Nastase, Cotidianul reads. The investigation was repeatedly pointed at during the past four years as being a political weapon used by PD-L against PSD.

Same Cotidianul found out about another controversial measure: the Commerce Registry, a state institution with a huge profit (the gross income was 35 million Euros in 2007 and is expected to grow to 48 millions in 2008), will no longer be subordinated to the Justice Ministry, but to the Chamber of Commerce and its local offices throughout the country. The new boss will be the Interior Minster's father in law, the newspaper adds.

Also as a final round of benefits, 34 million Euros were approved and paid by the National Highways Company (CNADR) to companies involved in various projects. Out of the sum, 24 millions went to companies that were "friendly" to the former Liberal Government, Cotidianul  reads.




















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