How parties fail in a collective identity: a guide to the Romanian parliamentary elections
Parliamentary elections are to be held in Romania on December 11th. The outcome of the popular vote is the last piece of the 2016 political puzzle, but the course of the campaign is a telling synthesis of party strategies in itself. In terms of the quality and future of democracy, Romania sends out mixed messages.
10.12.2016, Veronica Anghel, BukarestPM
Veronica Anghel: take corrupt Romanian politicians, keep the corrupt Romanian parties
Romanian politicians tend to go down with a bang. Or, more accurately, with the slam of a prison door, preferably on camera. The ethical standards to which politicians are romantically upheld are in total contrast to the displays of corruption and dishonesty to which we are daily witnesses. Add to this their hope for more likely electoral victories through false promises and indifferent speeches and it’s like asking for a shovel when you are already on the bottom of the pit… The greatest damage being done is not to themselves, but to the faith of citizens in the political party – the backbone of democratic governance. In order to restore it, both voters and politicians need to lower their expectations from this relationship.
12.10.2016, Veronica AnghelPM
Polish analyst: four battalions no invasion force (1)
While Russia may accuse NATO for acting to threat, the four battalions obviously aren't a force to attack them with says Michał Baranowski of Marshall Foundation in Poland as interviewed by Postimees.
13.07.2016, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Nord Stream 2: the multylayered lobby
During the last half year, gas pipe Nord Stream 2 discussions have heated up both in Brussels and in former Eastern bloc. Lobbying by builders is in top gear. The main confrontation is between critical politicians claiming this is security threat to Europe, and the builders who say it is pure business.
09.05.2016, Joosep VärkPM
The last country
Romania is politically detoxifying. The diet is a «play by ear», without a set of rules, administered by disunited «technicians» and «doctors» on a clear concept for the cure.
09.05.2016, Veronica AnghelPM
Hopes high to have other allies added to incoming Brits
Unable to specify, I think more good news are in store said defence minister Hannes Hanso commenting on the news released yesterday of UK sending soldiers to support Baltics.
09.10.2015, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Estonia to open embassy in Romania next year and vice versa
Estonia is to open an embassy in Romania next year and vice versa.
Editorial: Moldova maintains trend towards Europe
At 90 percent of votes counted since Sunday election in Moldova, pro-European parties were predicted a tally of 56-58 seats at parliament and the Russia-minded to settle at 43-44. With 101 seats all in all, just like in Estonia, the next Moldovan government will probably lean towards the EU and the West, to continue on current path of integration.
Ilves: civic participation is the guarantee for preserving freedom
It is our duty to protect freedom, human rights and human dignity, to protect the principles that were upheld by the people in Central and Eastern Europe who regained their countries 20 years ago and which we call today European values, president Toomas Hendrik Ilves, on a state visit to Romania, said yesterday in Bucharest.
03.10.2013, Office of the PresidentPM
New Estonian ambassador presents credentials in Romania
Estonia's new Ambassador to Romania Eerik Marmei presented his credentials to President Traian Basescu in Bucharest on Wednesday.
Romanian girls, speaking with hands
«We already donned lighter jackets,» smile Dana Popa and Gabriela Petruta. In native Romania, it’s real spring and not some strange afterwinter like here. «We’re turning Estonian.»
12.04.2013, Elina Randoja, Tartu Postimees