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Romanian democracy under EP debate

Romanian opposition leaders Crin Antonescu, National Liberal Party (PNL), Victor Ponta, Social-Democrat Party (PSD) and Daniel Constantin, Conservative Party (PC) yesterday afternoon attended a Brussels debate entitled “Romanian Democracy”, organised by the Liberal group along with the European Parliament Socialists.  Also invited to speak about the situation in Romania were civil society representatives Cristian Parvulescu, president of the Pro-Democratia Association, Victor Alistar, executive director Transparency International Romania, journalist Razvan Dumitrescu (Antena 3) and economist Liviu Voinea. Speaking about the debate, PSD President Victor Ponta said that the Social-Liberal Union (USL) leaders won’t criticize government, but will commit themselves politically to implement a way of governing other than that applied by the ruling government. PDL MEPs Cristian Preda and Monica Macovei were both critic of opposition leaders’ trip to Brussels. On his blog, Cristian Preda wrote that Romania will be presented as a “dictatorship bent on flooding the Mioritic area with cyanide”. “It is obvious that the USL wants to reap political benefits from trying to put Romania in difficulty before European institutions. This is an irresponsible, and mostly dangerous, behaviour, considering it comes from the heads of the opposition who want to come to power in Romania,” Macovei said, in her turn, who got tough on Alistar and Parvulescu, about whom she said “they are almost always present at USL-organized events and have been debating on the small screen for quite some time on behalf of the PSD and the PNL.”

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