Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă and President Klaus Iohannis are trying their best to present Romania abroad as a genuine democracy, irreversibly anchored in European standards and values. Prime Minister Ciucă’s latest attempt is from today, an interview for Bloomberg in which he says that Romania has met all the standards to join Schengen. But what Ciucă and Iohannis want to project is one thing; the reality in Romania is another.
Political and democratic standards have collapsed under the PSD-PNL-UDMR coalition. Anti-reform is so rampant that three substantial packages of laws threaten the very democratic bones of the country and its future. The education, justice, and national security laws are tailored for the use of a few de facto mafia groups in those areas, to whom they offer money, power, and legal protection. President Iohannis owes it to himself to halt this accelerating degradation if he has any respect for democracy and cares about its external projection.
We are at a new political low, where legislation is made with an eye to the interests of various power groups and not to the public interest. The expectations formulated in the 2021 elections by the reformist segment of society,