The Romanian government has withdrawn its controversial decree decriminalising certain corruption offences. At the same time Prime Minister Grindeanu announced that a new bill with similar content would be presented to parliament. Despite the government’s climbdown hundreds of thousands across Romania demonstrated against corruption on Sunday. The press also takes the view that the Romanians can no longer trust their government.
Despite a wave of similar grassroots anti-government protests elsewhere, particularly in the US, the roots of the present wave of protests in Romania lie in the political and economic failures of the country’s post-communist transition, writes Bogdan Enache.
In Romania hundreds of thousands of protesters continue to demonstrate and call for the government to step down, despite the latter’s withdrawal of its decree decriminalising certain corruption offences. Europe’s press praises the demonstrators’ steadfastness.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected the twelfth president of the Federal Republic of Germany on Sunday. In his acceptance speech the former foreign minister called on his compatriots to show courage. His election could above all inject his party the SPD with new optimism in the run up to the election, some journalists point out. Others are disappointed that the new president isn’t the type to seek confrontation.
Swiss voters clearly rejected plans to overhaul the corporate tax system yesterday (12 February), sending the government back to the drawing board as it tries to abolish ultra-low tax rates for thousands of multinational companies without triggering a mass exodus.
Germany and the EU: How do they cooperate? Where do their approaches conflict and where are their interests aligned? Euractiv Germany’s new Vice-Versa series continues to take a look at one issue from both a European and federal government perspective.