The Parliamentary elections held this weekend in the EU’s 6th largest country came with surprises and important lessons to learn about the perception of (and the support for) the EU in the CEE region. The most relevant outcome is that the saliency of Romania’s role in the EU is likely to increase substantially in the local public debate in the coming years (and be polarised). Continue Reading
Against the background of rising nationalism in many Member States, the 7th largest EU member and the fastest growing EU economy in 2016 (5.2%), Romania, held its parliamentary elections this Sunday. The Social-Democrats (S&D) won by a landslide, taking advantage of the fragmentation and lack of a clear message by the center-right camp.
While no proper anti-EU party made it into the new Parliament, nationalistic sentiments do exist within the ranks of the winning party and the elections’ results do indicate a shift in the policies of Bucharest’s next government, which is more likely to play hard ball in Brussels than the outgoing one. Continue Reading