Liviu Dragnea (photo: Flickr, Social Democratic Party, CC BY 2.0)
Two conflicting demonisations had been taking place în the last two years and a half în Romania – one against the justice and the other – against the jailed leader of the Social Democratic Party
This article was published on 4 June 2019 on the site of the Bulgarian newspaper ”Word”. It is published here in its complete form.
Romanian politics is more dynamic than the Bulgarian one and often manages to mobilise public action. While the last ten years pass in Bulgaria under the aegis of the so-called “stability”, at the northern neighbours there are constantly turning points in political life. Such a turning point were also the European elections on 26 May 2019.
Mass non-participation of Romania’s voters in referendum to define the family in the Constitution as the union of a man and a woman
This article was first published on 8 October 2018 on the Romanian section of “The Barricade” website.
The Romanian referendum through which traditionalists had hoped to define the family in the Constitution as the union of a man and a woman, and not of spouses, has failed, after the turnout did not reach the 30% threshold of the overall number of people with voting rights. By the time the polling stations in Romania closed, only 20.41% of the electorate had managed to vote. Such a development was not expected even by those with liberal and social convictions, who had boycotted the referendum, attempting to invalidate it as a consequence of low turnout.