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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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The political, economic, legal and historical implications of the multiple crises in the EU, Workshop at UVIc

November 10, 2016 - by Dr. Amy Verdun and Valerie D’Erman, University of Victoria

This is a call for papers for the junior scholars workshop “The political, economic, legal and historical implications of the multiple crises in the EU”. University of Victoria (Victoria, BC Canada) on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Sponsored by the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue (CETD).

The organizers of this one-day workshop invite presentations of papers that are in various stages of development from junior scholars on themes broadly related to the recent crises (financial, refugee, Brexit) affecting the legitimacy of the EU. Senior EU scholars will attend the workshop as discussants.

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Trade deal affects how Canadian firms do business

Nov 5, 2016 - by Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly / Op-Ed Times Colonist

"The Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement that Canada recently signed with the European Union is Canada’s most important trade deal since the North American Free Trade Agreement. CETA is likely to transform Canada much more than NAFTA has, and has already had a significant impact on provincial-federal relations in Canada.

CETA’s potential to transform Canada lies in the fact that the European Union is the world’s largest trader of manufactured goods, and is the No. 1 investor and recipient of investments worldwide. It is also the most important trading partner for about 80 countries around the world...."

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