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What the newspapers say: July 23, 2010 

de A.C     HotNews.ro
Vineri, 23 iulie 2010, 10:05 English | Press Review

Most newspapers on Friday quote a recent survey conducted by the Public Policy Institute that concludes that the Democrat Liberals fell to 12%, less than half of the votes obtained back in 2008 and the President lost his support among citizens. Elsewhere in the news, find out how Bucharest is seen through the eyes of foreigners living here. 

Romania libera quotes a recent survey concluding that the Democrat Liberals fell to 12%, less than half of the votes obtained in 2008 while President Basescu lost the support of the citizens as 65% of those interviewed declared that they would agree to dismiss him. 

The Democrat Liberals had a good start in 2010 and the majority need in the Parliament oriented it to an alliance with the Hungarian Democrats and other minorities. In just several months, the Democrat Liberals  managed to convince 30 Parliamentarians from the opposition to join their crowd. 

However, by February, when the government was faced the IMF recommendations to cut budgetary salaries, eliminate incorrect pensions, cut spending the credibility of the Party fell. The general perception was the lack of reforms lead to a series of such harsh measures. 

The survey reads that the Democrat Liberals have 12% of the vote intentions, Liberals 26% and Social Democrats 40% - the numbers are not that suprising for experts since internal party surveys revealed the same numbers but were not officially transmitted to the media. 

Gandul focuses on the reactions of some Democrat Liberals: MEP Cristian Preda declared that the only way to recover the lost electoral capital is to dismiss the government since PM Boc was one of the main causes of the party's downfall. 

The people are waiting for leadership and vision and PM Boc is unconvincing just like other ministers surrounding him. 12% of the votes reveals that not even Democrat Liberals credit the party. 

PM Boc is responsible for the party's image, Chamber of Deputies Speaker Roberta Anastase declared for the newspaper. She siad that fluctations of capital are normal during crisis but the government needs to come forward with some results soon. 

Evenimentul Zilei reads that there are people in Bucharest that believe Bucharest is a bless for their souls and that can wholeheartedly compare it to any other big city: namely the expats. For them, Bucharest is the best place to live. 

There are the people without a country who most of the times are able to see the details we ignore or forget. The newspaper talked to an Irish, Greek and American who were detached in Bucharest with business for at least six years now. 

Steve Moroz, orginally from US, New York, remembers that he could not know to point Bucharest on a map when he was sent to become a country manager in Bucharest. Greek Sotiris Karagiodizis says that after six years he opened his own HR company and plans to stay. 

Irish David Nicholl, country management at Scheider Electric has been living in Romania for four years. After several years, the three expats can easily compare Bucharest to his home country. Karagiozidis says that Bucharest is not that polluted compared to Athens and Bucharest is a safe city, a thing with which all expats interviewed agreed. 

They all agree that prices in Bucharest are not that low for rent, utilities, cloths but the food, restaurants and taxis are cheaper than the rest. 






















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