Diana Margarit on Euronews: Why Romanians are on the streets

On Tuesday evening, 31 January 2017, the Romanian government led by Sorin Grindeanu, passed an emergency ordinance that modified the Criminal Code, especially on those matters related to corruption, abuse of power, fraud, conflict of interests, neglect of duty.

In my opinion, this is not only a destructive resignification of core concepts such as democracy and legitimisation, but especially a frightening ignorance of what governing and ruling means. Despite the pressure exerted by civil society, embassies of Western democracies, EU leaders and institutions, and even a few PSD and ALDE members who resigned or declared themselves against the ordinance, the government proves the stubbornness of a dictatorship. Nevertheless, only hope, determination, cohesion and consistency, the true ingredients of an authentic civil society, can restore democracy. United, we will save Romania!

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Wednesday, 8 February, 2017