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What the newspapers say: December 15, 2008

de A.C.     HotNews.ro
Luni, 15 decembrie 2008, 2:35 English | Press Review

All newspapers on Monday read about the new coalition of Social Democrats (PSD) and Democrat Liberals (PD-L) to form the government. Also in the news, Hungarian Democrats are officially in the opposition, after being part of each government in the last 12 years. Last but not least, former Economy minister Sebastian Vladulescu says Romania should negotiate a loan from the IMF.

Gandul reads that the two leaders of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and Democrat-Liberal Party (PD-L) signed an official agreement to form the new government. The leaders presented a small official documents with general provisions. However, they have signed a document regulating the way seats will be allocated both in the central and local level, among the two parties.

Thus, Romania's new government will have 19 ministers, 4 delegate ministers and 3 economic ministries. Another provision relates to the fact that the Prime Minister could propose, on solid grounds, the removal from office of a minister only after consultations with the other party.

However, the newspaper reads that the two parties already started to have different views on the same issue: while Democrat Liberals declared that the Social Democrats do not have a veto power over the removal from office of a minister, Social Democrats sustain the contrary.

Romania libera points out the historic origins of the two parties, as they both come from the National Salvation Front, set up immediately after the communist regime collapsed. The newspaper reads that the rise to power of a new block triggers a series of suspicions for the right-wing voters.

The absence of anti-corruption discourses in the electoral campaign and the avoidance of the topic in the technical negotiations between the two parties seem to point that Democrat Liberals are not that interested to push the anti-graft institution forward.

Political analyst Cristian Parvulescu declared for the newspaper that without the Hungarian Democrats (UDMR) in the government, Democrat Liberals are vulnerable to Social Democratic pressures. Parvulescu explained that the Hungarian Democrats would have been an important ally, to counter balance the voting power of the Social Democrats in the Parliament.

Nonetheless, Evenimentul Zilei reads that Hungarian Democrats are officially in the opposition, as they refused to accept the Democrat Liberals proposals. UDMR leader Marko Bela declared that his party wants to be an equal party in the government and unless he is offered this chance, his party will withdraw from any negotiations. Bela added that his party proved, along the years, that it can be an equal partner in the government.

Cotidianul reads about former Economy minister Sebastian Vladulescu's recommendations for the future government. Vladulescu urges officials to negotiate a loan from the IMF, just like Poland or Hungary did, that will help it sustain its financial deficits, if it will be the case.

However, the newspaper reads that Vladulescu was the one to break the last agreement Romania had with the IMF. Nonetheless, he said that such an agreement could offer foreign investors more trust and will help officials deal with the crisis better.

Democrat Liberal Ionut Popescu, who is said to occupy the ministry refused to talk about his possible options regarding an agreement with IFM, on grounds that the party is in a silentio stampa status while future government positions are negotiated between Social Democrats and Democrat Liberals.

Recently, Public European Banks Association general secretary Henning Schoppman declared that Romanian officials should seriously consider taking up a loan just like Hungary. What is more, IMF representative for Romania and Bulgaria, Juan Fernandez Ansola declared that the institution is ready to help Romania maintain its macro economic balance.




















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