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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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Canada- EU Economic and Trade Agreement: not yet a done deal

April 7, 2011 - Negotiations to seal a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU are expected to wrap up this year. The latest round of talks take place in Ottawa next week with some tough areas still to be negotiated, including the thorny issue of public procurement. With the federal election campaign in full swing Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the talks are very much on track. A number of Canadian groups are campaigning hard against a CETA. On the other side of the Atlantic the European Parliament, which now has the power to veto any deal, is raising questions about the environmental impact of Alberta's oil sands and asking whether the EU wants to import oil from that province. The CETA is far from a done deal.

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Silent Revolution in Europe? Is the power shifting from individual member states to the European Union?

March 29, 2011 - On 24 and 25 March the European Union leaders accepted a comprehensive package of measures to address the adverse effects of the financial crisis and the sovereign debt crisis. The steps taken are designed to stabilize the European economy and the Euro as a currency. These far-reaching measures have considerable impact on the sovereignty of individual member states. Are we witnessing a silent revolution in terms of a profound power shift in the European Union?



Expert available: 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. Dr. Verdun can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..