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Issue of the month: What is the political ideology of this Romanian Government?


Cristian Parvulescu, President Pro Democratia

We are talking about a political vision, rather than a political ideology. Economically, the government follows a liberal-conservative vision, whereas the strictly political vision is a liberal-moderate one. Distortions of vision occur, though, due to social protests and union movements against the changing of the Work Code. Seemingly, the negotiations for changing were postponed until this autumn and probably the changing of the Code will not even be made anymore, which means that, even if liberal, the Government is open to negotiations with its social partners

Gheorghe Copos, state minister and member of PUR

The main objective of the Government is to join the EU in 2007. The accomplishment of these objectives supposes the continuity of a liberal-democratic organization in the economy. In the mean time social-democratic decisions concerning the protection of unfavourable social categories are necessary. If we take a look at the ideology of Prime Minister Tariceanu, we could say that the Government's political ideology is closer to liberal.

Mircea Geoana, former minister of Foreign Affairs

It is a cocktail without smell or color. The pack is center-right, especially as the Government wants to introduce the flat tax, but deeper than that it is hard for me to say what their ideology actually is. PUR has no idea about its ideology and the party has its head in the clouds and, as for UDMR, it has 15 or so ideologies. I really don't believe in this coalition and I don't think it will remain as it is. There is no homogeneity.

Adrean Videanu, DA Alliance candidate for mayor of Bucharest

This Government that has been appointed last year has no ideology, because it is not a party. It has a Governmental programme based on four ideologies of the four component parties of the coalition.

Cozmin Gusa, former DA spokesman and founder of new party 'National Initiative'

Unfortunately the government is not acting to a specific strategy. This is because of the political constraints imposed by the many leaders of the coalition and also because you will not find anyone in the government in a position to understand the differences between various economic strategies, in relation to different ideologies.

Stelian Tanase, political analyst

The Government follows a centre-right ideology and a liberal view on the economy. More precisely, the Democrat Party (PD) is a centre party with left-wing elements and the National Liberal Party (PNL) is centre-right. The rest of the political scenery is a weak opposition. PSD has internal problems and PRM is passing through an ambiguous period.