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What the newspapers say: June 8, 2009

de C.B.     HotNews.ro
Luni, 8 iunie 2009, 4:16 English | Press Review

Romanian press debates the European Parliamentary elections. Elsewhere in the news, Social Democratic Party leader and president of the Senate Mircea Geoana accuses incumbent president Traian Basescu for redrawing the troops from Irak without consultation. Last but not least, Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu’s film „Police, Adjective” won the Transilvanian trophy, the most prestigious award in Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF).

The press debates the new Romanian MEPs. Gandul has prepared mini-dossiers for each of the 33 elected to represent Romania in Brussels. These are:  

PSD+PC alliance: Adrian Severin, Rovana Plumb, Ioan Mircea Paşcu, Adriana Ţicău, Daciana Sârbu, Corina Creţu, Victor Boştinaru, Sabin Cutaş, Sorin Ivan, Ioan Enciu, Vasilica Dăncilă

PD-L: Theodor Stolojan, Monica Macovei, Traian Ungureanu, Cristian Preda, Marian Jean Marinescu, Iosif Matula, Oana Antonescu, Rareş Niculescu, Petru Luhan, Sebastian Bodu

PNL: Norica Nicolai, Adina Vălean, Renate Weber, Ramona Mănescu, Cristian Buşoi

UDMR: Laszlo Tokes, Iuliu Winkler, Sogor Csaba

PRM: Corneliu Vadim Tudor, George Becali

Independent candidate: Elena Băsescu

Adrian Severin became famous for not knowing the formula for water (H2O). Theodor Stolojan was appreciated for its economic skills, but is known to be a quitter: he quit the 2004 presidential elections and he gave up the Prime Minister role immediately after being elected in 2008. Elena Basescu is the incumbent president youngest daughter, known for her previous model career and night life. The paper goes on to give details about the new MEPs assets and their popularity standard.

Evenimentul Zilei shows Romania’s sending to Brussels Romania Mare Party (PRM) leader Corneliu Vadim Tudor, known for his extremism, who believes in numerology. He will be accompanied by his party colleague, Gigi Becali, a politician who became famous first through his involvement the soccer business and who recently came out from the Police’s arrest, only to enjoy the immunity a European Parliamentary member enjoys.

Romania libera
informs that the Sunday’s elections recorded the lowest turnout since the fall of communism (December, 1989). The Romanian Electoral Office declared a historical minimum: almost 22%. Curiously, the rural area saw more votes now than in 2007.  

Cotidianul reads Social Democratic Party leader and president of the Senate Mircea Geoana accuses incumbent president Traian Basescu for redrawing the troops from Irak without consulting the state’s Supreme Council for the Defence (CSAT) or Romania’s Parliament. Despite his accusations, the newspaper informs Geoana took part in the meeting on January 20, when CSAT approved signing the Memorandum which decided that the Romanian troops will return in two stages: 139 out of the 489 soldiers were scheduled to return first. The remaining 350 soldiers were planned to be redrawn in July 31.

Geoana asked for the "Partnership for Romania" agreement to be changed, in that the president of the Senate does not automatically become CSAT’s vice-president. Sources close to Romania’s Constitutional Court told Cotidianul that a person holding both position is against the fundamental Law.

Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu’s film "Police, Adjective" won the Transilvanian trophy, the most prestigious award in Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF), Adevarul informs. The film won Un Certain Regard at Cannes earlier this year. The screening at TIFF sold out, with people standing in the theatre to watch the film. According to he director, the film is based on two true stories. One refers to a man who betrayed his brother, who was a hash dealer, to the Police. The second tells about a policeman who once refused a minor case to keep a clear consciousness.


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