The death of ex-Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic at The Hague on Saturday receives moderate front page coverage in Bucharest-based newspapers today. The media is considerably more interested in developing stories of high-scale corruption and the prospects of Romania on issues as diverse as worsening weather conditions and the EU accession.
Slobodan Milosevic’s suspicious death leaves the International Court in the Hague without "big bosses" to judge and rekindles political and nationalistic passions in Belgrade, Evenimentul Zilei writes. Its headline goes" Milosevic – the Final Defiance".
The same incident, before a relevant verdict related to Milosevic, Cotidianul considers, deals a heavy blow to the credibility of the Tribunal and the idea of an international court in general. "Milosevic’s post-mortem attack on the authority of the Hague", its headline says.
And Romania libera calls the dead leader "The Man Who Cheated History", because Milosevic "managed what nobody could before, not even Hitler: he changed history in ideology.
While the Nazis needed pagan gods and the Communists wrote history in the labs of the Ministry of Truth, Milosevic changed the history of Serbia into a myth", the newspaper comments.
What is not a myth is the Romanian corruption and the fight against it. Newspaper Gandul eyes the leader of the opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD), Mircea Geoana, whose mother- and father-in-law did well with a 500,000 euro-worth real estate deal ten years ago.
Father-in-law Ion Costea obtained some 4,000 square meters of land in a suspiciously advantageous deal with the National Forest Department: he ceded some 0.5 hectares in a rocky area to 0.4 hectares in what would become one of the most expensive real estate areas – the Zamora luxury quarter of the Busteni tourism resort in the Prahova Valley, the newspaper writes.
That happened when Geoana was not yet a member of the PSD. In 1996 he started serving as Romania’s Ambassador to the US.
Romania libera, meanwhile, writes that Geoana joined two other top leaders of the PSD party in a joint effort to save House speaker Adrian Nastase from being excluded from the party following graft allegations against him.
Geoana, along with ex-President Ion Iliescu and party secretary-general Miron Mitrea tried for two days over the weekend to prevent the PSD from ousting Nastase because such a move "would be improper for the moment, on one hand, and on the other hand none of the three would like to take responsibility for such a gesture", the paper considers.
The rainy days of Adrian Nastase match perfectly with the weather conditions in Romania. Evenimentul Zilei notes that the country should expect seven more days of rain, snow and heavy winds all across the territory. The warning comes as the media has warned about potential floods in the coming period.
Similar dark forecasts have hit the Romanian city of Cernavoda, currently put under full quarantine because of the cases of bird flu identified locally.
With its 22,000 Romanian and foreign residents, many working in the Cernavoda nuclear power plant, tt is the largest community in the country to be completely isolated due to bird flu concerns, Cotidianul notes.
On the political front, the same Cotidianul quotes Franco Frattini, vice-president of the European Commission, who attacks recent moves by the Parliament related to legislation on the National Anti-Corruption Department and search requests at the house of ex-PM Adrian Nastase.
"It is insane to gamble with the future of the country and its admission in the EU", Frattini says, as quoted by the newspaper.