24 Jan 2018

Why Romania’s Social Democrats need to change

Romania’s ruling Social Democrat Party faces a structural problem that it's not willing to acknowledge -- it fails to grow and manage its human resources to fill administrative positions in the government.

Ana Maria Luca
Ana Maria Luca NewsMavens, Central & Eastern Europe
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Why this story matters:

Romania will descend into confusion and turmoil if the ruling Social Democrats continue to support its outdated political system of rewarding loyal supporters. It must find visionary leaders and qualified civil servants to run the government.


What's the story?

  • Romania’s ruling Social Democrats are anchored in the rural regions, where votes are based on community relations and concerns about poverty, not corruption. Party leaders typicaly surround themselves with loyal, obedient people, not visionaries. Faced with this system, some young politicians rebel or simply leave the party.
  • The party has faced heavy criticism during the past year for adopting policies that caused uncertainty and confusion in the economy.
  • Social Democrats will announce on Friday a new cabinet led by MEP Viorica Dancila, but most ministers from the dismissed cabinet are set to keep their jobs, party members said. The names will be announced on Friday.
  • Party chief Liviu Dragnea said on Monday that even party members investigated for corruption are eligible to hold cabinet positions.
  • Meanwhile, party leaders are readjusting their governance program, after their justice and fiscal policies were met with intense criticism. Inflation has been growing and the national currency has plunged to a historical low.
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