Romania’s president rejects a candidate who would have been the country’s first female, Muslim PM.
Romania’s social democrats have nominated former telecommunications minister Sorin Grindeanu for prime minister, a day after the president rejected their previous pick for the job. The president gave no reason for rejecting Sevil Shhaideh, who would have been the first Muslim woman to head an EU government. Her Syrian husband is said to support Bashar al-Assad. Grindeanu could be installed this week.
The Brexit referendum, the election of Trump as US president and the rising popularity of right-wing populists in the polls in several European countries. Commentators analyse why 2016 was such a successful year for opponents of globalisation and nationalists.