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Europe, wake up !? Where are your principles of democracy?

Romanian President Traian Basescu appears to have survived a referendum on his impeachment. The country’s election bureau estimated turnout at 45.9%, which is below the 50% + 1 required to make the result valid. Now we speak only estimates, not reliable results. I know that this percent says nothing 🙂 To be more specifically: over 9 millions Romanian were to vote. Among them, 86% voted to dismiss President Basescu. That is approx. 8 million people.

Mr Basescu had initially urged Romanians to vote “no” to what he called “a coup”, but later asked his supporters to boycott the vote altogether, a stance also adopted by the opposition Liberal Democrats. Suspended President Basescu is a champion of change decisions depending on how windy (own interests!)

What means for Europe Union the will and decision of 8 million people ? Nothing ! At least it statements Traian Basescu, who has praised his supporters for not having voted and said that “European leaders in coming days will appreciate that the Romanians were boycotted coup d′etat given to the 256 Members of Romania′s Parliament”. So, Old Lady Europe, he is right? Is that right that citizens of European countries are urged to give away their constitutional right to vote ?

So…, it’s time to clear things up (I stood away from political controversies during the referendum campaign, even if political leaders from President suspended supporters were delivered to external audiences a series of distortions and manipulations). I’m sure that my loyal readers from Parliament and European Commission will be interested in these issues. At least I hope! 🙂

1. Despite recommendations by the Venice Commission, to the referendum in Romania the European Commission has imposed a threshold for participation. It is democratic, right ?

2. Although voting is the supreme expression of a democratic society, Romanian President Basescu urged the public to not go to the polls. In fact, he himself not voted. Traian Basescu is an exponent of European democracy, right ? Therefore he also was supported by the weight of European leaders, right ? (even if he himself admitted public that he lied by omission to Chancellor Angela Merkel !!!)

3. Parliament expresses a country’s democratic elections of citizens of that country. In which country in the world, a coup d′etat is given by a democratically elected and functional parliament ?

4. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, asked the Hungarian population in Romania, in public way not to attend to vote and to sustain Traian Basescu. I suppose this suggests the association of two perfect leaders democrats, right?

Europe, wake up ! Perhaps before can endorse the statements of suspended President – denied the 8,000,000 of its own citizens (census of 2011, Romania has only 15 million people able to vote, but the vote was held on the electoral lists in 2004 that were not reviewed) leaders of democratic Europe give their own the answers to the questions like the above.

Update: 30 july 2012, 9,30 am (Bucharest time)Partial results

Voter turnout: 46, 13 %

Votes for dismissal of the President: 87,55
Votes against dismissal: 11,12
Invalid votes: 1,31

Update: 1 august 2012Final result

Voter turnout: 46, 24%

Votes for dismissal of the President: 87,52% – 7.403.836 votes
Votes against dismissal11,15% –                              943.375 votes
Invalid votes1,32% –                                                    111.842 votes

Material preluat de către Observator European (Bruxelles) – proiect media al Radio România Actualități

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What chances will have Chancellor Angela Merkel to get a third term?

Fever of changes that swepts Europe  apparently will not circumvent nor Germany. In such an unstable economic and politic context, what chances will have the present Chancellor, Angela Merkel, to get a third term? Hard to predict at this time. But certainly do not seem encouraging signs for Mrs. Merkel.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany’s most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European austerity policies, reports Reuters.

The election in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) – a western German state with a bigger population than the Netherlands and an economy the size of Turkey – are as a litmus test 18 months before a national election in which Merkel is expected to fight for a third term. Angela Merkel remains popular in Germany for her steady handling of the euro zone debt crisis, but the sheer scale of her party’s defeat leaves her vulnerable at a time when a backlash against her insistence on fiscal discipline is building across Europe. Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) saw their support plunge to just 25.8 percent, down from nearly 35 percent in 2010, and the worst result in the state since World War Two.

Update: On 25 May – German parliament will votes on Eurozone ‘Fiscal Compact’. The Fiscal Compact to strengthen budgetary discipline within the euro area will require a two-thirds majority in both the Bundestag and the Bundesrat, the upper house. Until now, cooperation between the coalition parties and the opposition has been smooth, underlining the pro-Europe sentiment. The SPD and the Greens are insisting on taxation of the financial sector and a growth package in return for their support. The latter fits into the broader debate on a European level, including modification of structural funds or even new financing  instruments such as project bonds.

Obama wishes to meet Hollande before G8 and NATO Summit

According Office of the Press Secretary of White House, “President Obama called President-elect Francois Hollande of France to congratulate him after the results of the French election.  President Obama indicated that he looks forward to working closely with Mr. Hollande and his government on a range of shared economic and security challenges.”

More, President Obama noted that he will welcome President-elect Hollande to Camp David for the G-8 Summit and to Chicago for the NATO Summit later this month, and proposed that they meet beforehand at the White House. The trip to Washington will follow shortly after Hollande’s inauguration and his first trip abroad, to Berlin, where he will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The inauguration of France’s new president, Socialist leader Francois Hollande is set to take place on May 15, reports BBC. The date of the official ceremony was set by the French Presidential Candidates Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande at the course of the negotiations taking place on May 7. Notice: French president-elect Francois Hollande said that he would reveal his choice for prime minister on May 15 when he is due to be inaugurated. ‘You will have the name of the prime minister on May 15,’ Mr Hollande told reporters.