Romania

Protests continue against corruption in Romania

By Peter Schwarz, 4 February 2017

Behind the protests lies a power struggle within the ruling elite that has been raging for years over foreign policy orientation and the allocation of plum positions.

Social Democratic Party wins Romanian elections

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 16 December 2016

The vote represented broad rejection of the technocratic government headed by former EU Commissioner Dacian Ciolos.

Making the case for war in Eastern Europe

Robert D. Kaplan’s In Europe’s Shadow

By Clara Weiss, 26 October 2016

The latest book by Robert D. Kaplan advocates transforming Romania into a military staging ground for US imperialism and preparing for all-out war against Russia.

NATO build-up in Romania and Moldova directed against Russia

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 17 May 2016

The recent activation in Romania of the first land-based element of the NATO missile defense system has provoked a harsh reaction from Moscow.

Pro-EU technocratic government installed in Romania

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 17 November 2015

Romania’s Social Democratic Prime Minister Victor Ponta resigned on November 4, following right-wing demonstrations against his government.

German, Romanian officials plan further escalation against Russia

By Markus Salzmann, 5 March 2015

In a visit to Berlin, the Romanian president demanded a stronger NATO presence in Romania and the entire Black Sea region in response to the Ukraine crisis.

Romania joins imperialist war drive against Russia

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 11 October 2014

The imperialist drive to the east poses big dangers for the working class of Moldova and Romania.

Romanian teachers protest austerity policies

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 12 November 2013

WSWS reporters spoke to education workers at a November 6 protest against austerity in the Romanian capital of Bucharest.

Romanian trade unions support destruction of health care

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 1 November 2013

The union bureaucracy, non-governmental organizations and pseudo-left parties are supporting reactionary plans to privatize and rip up health care in Romania.

Romanian government and unions carve up the health system

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 23 October 2013

Romanian unions are playing a key role in dismantling the public health system in Romania.

Eastern European migrant workers face slave labour in Germany

By Anna Rombach, 30 August 2013

Many workers from Bulgaria and Romania seeking work in Germany as a result of the austerity measures of the EU are denied minimal social rights.

Police detain students, teachers suspected of cheating in Romanian school

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 1 August 2013

Police held students and teachers at Dimitrie Bolintineanu High School in Bucharest during the national baccalaureate exams and detained them on suspicion of cheating.

Romanian pseudo-lefts praise Hungary’s right-wing government

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 10 May 2013

At a recent conference in Romania, pseudo-left forces praised the right-wing Hungarian government led by Victor Orban.

Romanian auto workers face wage cuts and layoffs

By Markus Salzmann, 16 February 2013

Major auto companies have moved their production to Eastern Europe in order to profit from low wages and poor working conditions.

Social Democratic-led alliance wins Romanian election

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 13 December 2012

With 58.6 percent of the votes in the Chamber of Deputies and 60.1 percent in the Senate, Romania’s Social Liberal Union will enjoy a comfortable majority to form the new government.

IMF steps up pressure on Romanian government prior to election

By Diana Toma and Markus Salzmann, 23 November 2012

In their latest report the International Monetary Fund and European Union call upon the Romanian government to continue its brutal “structural reforms.”

Romania: 3,500 jobs threatened at Oltchim chemical plant

By our correspondents, 25 October 2012

The situation of 3,500 workers at Romania’s Oltchim chemical works remains uncertain following the failure of the Social Democratic government led by Victor Ponta to reopen the plant and provide funds for unpaid salaries.

Romanian workers protest privatization, demand resignation of union leaders

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 20 September 2012

Hundreds of workers have protested in Romania this month against the government’s plans to privatize state-owned companies as part of a deal agreed with the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission.

Discrimination of Roma in Europe intensifies

By Diana Toma, 18 September 2012

In Romania itself and throughout Europe, Roma confront increasing discrimination.

Referendum fails to oust Romanian president

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 7 August 2012

The number of voters in the referendum fell short of the 50 percent+1 required for the referendum to be considered valid.

Mass opposition to austerity deepens power struggle in Romanian ruling elite

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 25 July 2012

The Romanian ruling class faces a fierce political crisis, after mass protests at the start of the year brought down the conservative government of Emil Boc.

Romanian elite erupts in sordid infighting

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 14 July 2012

The Romanian ruling elite is struggling to form a stable government that can impose the austerity measures dictated by the IMF and the European Union.

Former Romanian PM suffers gunshot wound hours after prison sentencing

By Diana Toma and Markus Salzmann, 29 June 2012

The jail sentence of former premier Adrian Nastase on charges of corruption must be considered in relation to the ongoing political crisis in Romania.

The appalling situation of Romania’s institutionalized children: From Ceausescu to today

By Diana Toma, 23 May 2012

Cases in Romania of the inhumane treatment of children left abandoned in hospitals or simply thrown in the trash by their own parents are becoming increasingly frequent.

Death toll rises to 600 in European cold snap

By Markus Salzmann, 14 February 2012

The spate of cold weather that has lasted for weeks in many parts of Europe has now claimed at least 600 lives.

Mass protests bring down Romanian government

By Peter Schwarz, 7 February 2012

The Romanian government resigned on Monday following weeks of protests against its austerity measures.

Protests in Romania enter their second week

By a correspondent in Bucharest, 23 January 2012

As protests in Romania enter their second week, workers are facing increased pressure and threats from the ruling elite.

Demonstrations spread in Romania against austerity policies

By Diana Toma and Stefan Steinberg, 18 January 2012

Last weekend Romania witnessed some of the biggest and most violent confrontations between demonstrators and the state since the overthrow of the country’s Stalinist regime over two decades ago.

Romanian unemployment climbs as companies move abroad

By Diana Toma, 6 January 2012

Unemployment is rising in Romania following the decision by a number of major companies to shift their operations abroad.

CIA prison exposed in Romania

By Sybille Fuchs, 12 December 2011

German journalists have uncovered the location of one of the notorious “black site” torture prisons run in Europe by the CIA.

900 miners sacked in Romania

By Diana Toma, 15 November 2011

The sacking of 900 miners in Romania is the beginning of a new offensive by the right-wing government led Premier Emil Boc.

Romania: Nokia trade unions in the pocket of management

By Diana Toma, 20 October 2011

While the rights of workers are ignored, the contract agreed by Romanian trade unions provides considerable favors for the union bureaucracy.

Romania: Closure of Nokia plant leaves 2,200 jobless

By Diana Toma and Markus Salzmann, 7 October 2011

Nokia, which closed down a plant in Bochum, Germany, in 2008 and switched production to a Romanian location, has just announced it is closing the Romanian factory.

The interests behind Romania’s Roşia Montana project

By Diana Toma and Marc Wells, 16 September 2011

The Roşia Montana gold mining project marks a new stage in the process of privatization of a substantial economic sector, which subordinates workers and the environment to harsher conditions of exploitation.

The plight of the Roma in Romania

By Diana Toma, 15 June 2011

Especially hard hit in Romania is the Roma minority, which already faces discriminatory treatment and suffers from extreme poverty.

Border scandal exposes Romanian union corruption

By Diana Toma, 20 May 2011

A series of scandals in Romania have revealed the union leaders’ immense wealth and their connections to the ruling class.

The consequences of privatization for the Romanian working class

By Diana Toma, 11 March 2011

During the past 20 years almost all major industries in Romania, including factories, research centers and coalmines, have been closed down.

Man attempts suicide in Romanian parliament

By Diana Toma, 10 January 2011

On December 23, a session of the Romanian parliament was forced to recess when a 40-year-old man tried to commit suicide by jumping from the balcony.

Romania 2010: A year filled with social unrest and unprecedented cuts

By Diana Toma, 23 December 2010

The year 2010 was marked by social unrest, protests and demonstrations against the Romanian government of Emil Boc and its “laws of misery”.

Strikes erupt over public worker pay cut in Romania

15 October 2010

A spontaneous strike by employees of the finance ministry has turned into a major crisis for the government.

Thousands demonstrate in Bucharest against social cuts

By Diana Toma and Markus Salzmann, 25 September 2010

Over 10,000 demonstrators took to the streets of the capital Bucharest on Wednesday to protest against the Romanian government’s austerity policies.

Austerity measures intensify social crisis in Romania

By Diana Toma, 17 August 2010

The latest austerity measures introduced by the Romanian government will invariably intensify the social crisis in a country already ranked as one of the poorest in Europe.

IMF, European Union increase pressure on Romania

By Andrei Tudora, 11 August 2010

International financial circles are demanding that the Romanian government of Emil Boc prosecute deeper attacks on the working class, in the form of austerity measures.

Romania’s health service on brink of collapse

By Diana Toma, 18 June 2010

Cuts prepared by Prime Minister Emil Boc and the IMF will have a disastrous impact on Romania’s already devastated health care system.

Public sector strike against austerity in Romania

By our correspondents, 9 June 2010

A strike of public sector workers in Romania took place on 31 May to protest the government’s IMF-imposed austerity program.

40,000 rally against government austerity programme

Largest protest in Romania in 20 years

By our correspondent, 1 June 2010

On May 19, some 40,000 workers took to the street in Victory Square, Bucharest, in the largest demonstration in Romania since the downfall of the Stalinist regime in 1989.

IMF dictates shock program to Romania

By Andrei Tudora, 18 May 2010

The scale of the new IMF dictated attacks to be imposed on Romania is unprecedented even by the country’s past standards.

Protests grow in Romania

By Diana Toma, 8 May 2010

The austerity program agreed by the Romanian government led by Prime Minister Emil Boc is meeting with increasing resistance on the part of the Romanian people.

IMF head dictates terms to Romania

By Andrei Tudora, 13 April 2010

During his recent visit to Romania the director of the IMF stressed the importance of austerity programs and urged the political establishment to take responsibility for such programs, despite public opposition.

Romania: Education system on the verge of collapse

By Diana Toma, 25 January 2010

The introduction of free-market relations into the states of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe 20 years ago has led to an unparalleled social and cultural decline.

New Romanian government prepares massive social attacks

By Diana Toma and Markus Salzmann, 13 January 2010

Romania’s newly elected government, led by the right-wing Democratic Liberal Party, has made clear that it intends to fulfill the demands laid down by the International Monetary Fund, European Union and national big business interests.

Romania: Twenty years after the overthrow of Ceausescu

By Diana Toma and Markus Salzmann, 24 December 2009

In Romania, the character of the transformation that occurred in Eastern Europe 20 years ago was more transparent than elsewhere. The Stalinist elite exploited the protests by the population to secure its power and privileges on a capitalist basis.

Election result intensifies Romania’s domestic crisis

By Markus Salzmann, 12 December 2009

The very narrow victory for the current office holder, Traian Basescu, in the second round of the presidential elections in Romania will only deepen the country’s two-month-long government crisis.

Abstention and fraud mark first round of Romanian elections

By Diana Toma and Markus Salzmann, 28 November 2009

The presidential elections which took place last Sunday in Romania reveal that 20 years after the fall of the despised Stalinist Ceauşescu regime the country is far removed from any sort of stability or genuine democracy.

Romania: Presidential elections at a time of crisis

By Diana Toma and Markus Salzmann, 19 November 2009

The ongoing political crisis in Romania has reached a new high point just days before the presidential elections scheduled for November 22. What is taking place is a bitter struggle between rival cliques within the ruling elite over power, influence and money.

Romania: Boc government resigns after no-confidence vote

By Marcus Salzmann, 27 October 2009

Five weeks prior to scheduled presidential elections, the Romanian government led by the Democratic Liberal Party prime minister, Emil Boc, has collapsed following a vote of no-confidence in parliament.

Romania: General strike intensifies political crisis

By Markus Salzman, 12 October 2009

The Romanian government has collapsed as strikes and protests expand.

Balkan governments introduce harsh austerity measures

By Markus Salzmann, 19 August 2009

Irrespective of the political composition of the various Balkan state governments, they are uniformly reacting to the economic crisis by shifting the entire burden onto the backs of the broad masses of the population.

Romanian government agrees to drastic austerity package

By Markus Salzmann, 14 February 2009

Romania’s grand coalition government is determined to shift the burden of the economic crisis onto the backs of the country’s working people through harsh austerity measures.