Good article and good points. I am not a social democrat by any stretch, in fact I come from the complete opposite side of the aisle. However, it is this kind of dialogue and rhetoric that people should be following, rather than the caustic infighting that's been taking place in Romania. My only concern is that Ponta is not the right man for the job anymore. Frankly you, as in European social democrats, should take a good look at a man who is an alleged fraud - see the plagiarism scandal - and who appears to be putting a personal vendetta above good governance and bipartisanship before backing him up. Thank you.
Eugen - Bucharest, Romania
Yeah, because of the heat of the summer. The voting sections were open until late evening. I don't think it was much about the heat of the summer, really.
Romanian did not fail to vote because it was too hot or because Basescu urged them not to. They didn't take part in the referendum because they don't support USL and because they did not think Basescu should be replaced with Antonescu. It's as simple as that. If the vast majority wanted him out, they would have voted even in 50 degrees celsius.
The election's quorum-requirement, that over 50-per cent of registered voters must cast ballots, relies on knowing the true number of registered voters, doesn't it? But is that number transparently accessible and verifiable? Can a referendum be invalidated merely by making an official announcement that 18 million adults are registered rather than 15-million? Who can check on such a claim?
those registered persons still alive? If 10 million had
cast ballots on July 29, would the number of registered voters have been announced as 21 million? Does a quorum-system like this truly guarantee authentic democracy? Or is it perhaps open to manipulation?
Al - USA
"I do not know whether there are enough people in the governing majority who want to be that wiser man." Do you happen to know whether Basescu could be a wiser man instead? It would be best for the country and it would only take one person to be wiser. Why does he have to cling on to his destructively divisive position even at the cost of destroying Romania's image in the world and the nine million Romanians who voted want him out?
Some voters are prosecuted by prosecuters, they threatening some persons on TV channels and the next day that person is prosecuted. People begin to feel terror to vote again. People do not want the president anymore, not for cutting the wages but for his making fun of different categories of professionals
Flori - Romania
Unfortunately, behind the USL are the most corrupted communists from the Ceausescu. They are not just trying to get rid of the president Basescu but also to get a strong grip on the justice. All this was done to protect an enriched class that leads USL from the shadows. We, all the Romanians who had a chance to travel,study, see in all the actions of Ponta and Antonescu actions against democracy .
The lies that are some are coming up with are typical to the 1947 era, when the communists with the help of Moscow took over the conuntry. If Basescu is not coming back to Cotroceni/presidential palace - it means that all the laws and justice will be affected. And I dont see how Romania will be able to maintain democracy for everyone. Right now while I am writing ,the USL - who took over the most of the city, county quarters and mayors seats - are working on special lists to carry out fraud in the referendum.
The tactics that USL(communists) are using are deception, incriminating the PDL/democratic party, lies and intoxicating the typical TV channels owned by one of the tycons. They are instigating people to not obey the laws. Maybe the last chance for the young democracy of our country is the help from the legislators of UE. It is a disgrace.They would love to control the entire country without any common sense and patriotism.
Unfortunately the level of political understanding in certain areas of the villages of Romania, in Oltenia and Moldova, is so low. And they were using them to get their votes, even paying them or offering transportations where many of them who were voting in several villages - several times. A believer of democracy. Thank you.
ovi - Transilvania