Last quote by Radu Magdin
Radu Magdin quotes
I think that's going to change, not tough talk from Sofia or Bucharest but you're going to see these two countries saying 'Guys, we don't cause you any problems, we're Europhiles, we're both going to have EU presidencies in two years from now, give us a break, give us some space, help us present the EU project as successful.
Yes you can say we registered economic growth, yes you can say after the economic crisis Romania is the economic tiger of Europe. But there is some frustration – which is not attributable to Europe – in the sense that the economic growth is not being reflected in people's pockets.
There's been a huge brain drain. The truth is very few have returned after years abroad.
Do expect nonetheless a stronger, while constructive, positioning in Brussels, especially as regards budget and deficit flexibility.
As regards future evolution or devolution, it all depends on the instincts of the new parliamentary majority. I would say there will be competing forces in the new majority: some MPs may want to curb DNA's activities, while others may be reluctant in allowing steps that could harm the country's image.
DNA is not strong because of Ciolos-related reforms, its efficiency pre-dates his cabinet. What is true is that he did not try to hamper the judicial system, which is great, we continued to be the model in the region as regards fighting corruption.
Romania remains a staunch US ally. It will need to be more influential in Europe to secure a successful EU Presidency in 2019.
It's no surprise: the right had no clear strategy, no clear message and no party discipline. They only had an 'independent' brand ambassador in PM Ciolos, who was pretty hesitant for most of the political campaign. The PSD had all three and they managed to demonise their opponents as being less 'patrioti.