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Angela Merkel to visit Cluj-Napoca


Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel will come this spring to Cluj-Napoca, where she will be awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by “Babes-Bolyai” University from Cluj-Napoca, “Romania libera” reports.


Rector Andrei Marga, said on Thursday that the visit will last for two days and will take place in his opinion until next May. The German Chancellor is likely to visit the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Business Management, will attend the opening of an exhibition regarding the German studies in Cluj and the books of the scholarship holders from Cluj in Germany, and will also meet with the students and teaching staff of the German section from the University.

UDMR, the first blackmail


PDL and UDMR leaders had on Thursday the first dispute within the Coalition. In front of the ruling partners, UDMR conditioned the favourable vote for the draft budget on obtaining some important positions of state secretaries. According to some attending sources, quoted by Evenimentul Zilei, the Magyars requested a position of state secretary in each ministry, the Transports, Economy and Finance included. PM Emil Boc refused to give these positions in the last three ministries, requesting in exchange the leaders of the Union to show “discipline” at the debates from Parliament over the state budget and accept as few amendments as possible.


On another hand, the president of the National Council of the Magyars from Transilvania (CNMT), Tokes Laszlo, declared on Friday at Targu Mures, after the meeting with UDMR leaders from the Magyar Coordination Forum from Transilvania, that the Union “is too mush subservient to PDL.” Tokes Laszlo complained that UDMR had not consulted CNMT also in connection with the presidential elections, and the accession to governance, saying that in both cases the Union was at a loss.

Social-Democrats and Liberals want to break Boc’s money box


The opposition MPs have filed this year over 4,000 amendments to the 2010 draft budget, ‘Gandul’ daily writes. Half of them were filed by PSD and the other half by PNL. The MPs have asked for money for the rehabilitation of cultural houses, for the restoration of churches and the modernization of roads. Most of the filed amendments have been rejected by the commissions. However the opposition MPs do not give up, being convinced that Emil Boc has money in the reserve fund that he controls.


For example, Social-Democrat MP Cornel Resmerita has asked for RON 1 M from the Government’s reserve in order to rehabilitate the Retezatul Cinema in Uricani city, Hunedoara County. In their amendments the Liberal MPs have asked for RON 1 M for the modernization of the International Airport in Baia Mare.

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