Intense political negotiations are taking place in Bucharest in the wake of the May 19 referendum that had President Traian Basescu return to office and led to deep troubles within his opponents who are in control of the Parliament.

The talks revolve around Basescu’s main supporters, the Democratic Party (PD), which has a low enough presence in the Parliament not to be counted for government alone. But it is best placed in opinion polls when it comes to future elections.

A first scenario currently discussed involves a possible collaboration between the PD and a faction of the main opposition party, the Social Democrats (PSD).

Both PD leaders and the PSD ‘Group of Cluj’ leaders expressed interest in such a partnership, but the condition would be a reform of the PSD, removing its current leadership - president Mircea Geoana, honorary president Ion Iliescu - included.

Negotiations in this regard have yet to give results.

A second scenario speaks of a early elections. The PD cannot attempt to provide the grounds for such a poll by itself as it does not have enough seats in the Parliament - and once again they need a collaboration with the PSD.

One discussed possibility is that the PSD submit a motion against the Liberal government led by Calin Popescu Tariceanu, which would in turn lead to early elections. In exchange, the PD must collaborate with the PSD after the elections to form the government.

But the PD does not seem ready to accept this scenario yet and considers its options according to whether reform takes place within the PSD or not.

The PD has said it would not agree with an association with a PSD run by its current leaders as such a move would seriously undermine its voters base.