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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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Why should Canada care about Europe?

September 29, 2011 - Two of our cluster scholars address the issue of why indeed developments in European society and politics should be considered of critical importance. Prof. Amy Verdun speaks about the emerging modes of multilevel governance in European context and what Canada as a federal state can learn from these modes of governance. Prof Oliver Schmidtke addresses the issue of migration and cultural diversity. He argues that Canada should take account of both the highly contested politicization of migration issues and innovative policy responses to managing diversity and integration.


How successful are Coalition Governments in Europe?

April 29, 2011 - With Canada in election frenzy, concerns are raised about a would-be coalition government. Would a coalition government be a bad thing? What can we learn from the experience of coalition governments in other places in the world? Professor Amy Verdun sheds light on past and current experiences with coalition governments in Western Europe.

Amy Verdun is Jean Monnet Chair ad Personam and Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria. She is an expert in European Union Politics, and the relations between Canada and the EU. Contact Dr. Verdun at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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