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Romanian civic spirit at its best

Romanian civic spirit at its best

Feb 14, 2017 - by Lavinia Stan, President, Society for Romanian Studies, Department of Political Science, St. Francis Xavier University

For almost two weeks now, hundreds of thousands of Romanian ordinary citizens and civil society activists have taken to the street in Bucharest, across the country, and even in cities like London where significant numbers of Romanian migrants live and work to protest against the Social Democratic government of Sorin Grindeanu. A little known politician with no previous ministerial experience, Grindeanu was nominated as prime minister by the Social Democrats, who in the December 2016 elections won almost half of all seats in the bicameral parliament. Grindeanu’s name might have never been proposed if President Klaus Iohannis had accepted Social Democratic Party leader Liviu Dragnea as prime minister. But Dragnea was under investigation for fraud, and thus Iohannis warned that unscrupulous corrupt politicians should not occupy high-ranking government positions.

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Romanian civic spirit at its best

Feb 14, 2017 - by Lavinia Stan, President, Society for Romanian Studies, Department of Political Science, St. Francis Xavier University

For almost two weeks now, hundreds of thousands of Romanian ordinary citizens and civil society activists have taken to the street in Bucharest, across the country, and even in cities like London where significant numbers of Romanian migrants live and work to protest against the Social Democratic government of Sorin Grindeanu. A little known politician with no previous ministerial experience, Grindeanu was nominated as prime minister by the Social Democrats, who in the December 2016 elections won almost half of all seats in the bicameral parliament. Grindeanu’s name might have never been proposed if President Klaus Iohannis had accepted Social Democratic Party leader Liviu Dragnea as prime minister. But Dragnea was under investigation for fraud, and thus Iohannis warned that unscrupulous corrupt politicians should not occupy high-ranking government positions.

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Experts on CETA at Universities in Canada

February 6th, 2017

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is subject to ratification by the European Parliament (EP) and needs also to be ratified through plenary votes in national parliaments across the EU.  While the majority of academic experts in Canada support ratification, public opposition in Europe and Canada has been pronounced, calling for revisions to the agreement or simply a rejection of the entire deal.

The following EUCAnet experts have regularly contributed to discussions with the public and experts panels. For more see also the experts that signed an Open letter: The European and Canadian public needs a reasoned debate on CETA 

University of Victoria: Valerie D'ErmanAmy VerdunMartha O'BrienEmmanuel Brunet-Jailly

University of British Columbia: Kurt Hübner

University of Calgary: Eugene Beaulieu

University of Ottawa: Patrick LeblondMichael Geist

Carleton University: Crina VijuAchim HurrelmannDavid Long

University of Montreal: Frédéric Mérand

McGill University: Armand de Mestral

 

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