These were meant to be the most boring elections in Romania since 1990. Polls anticipated an easy victory for the centre-right coalition of the National Liberals (PDL/ EPP) and the liberal USR-PLUS (Renew Europe). Defying opinion polls however, the Social-Democrats (PSD) came first (29 percent), and the centre-right received substantially less than they had expected (25 percent for the National Liberals and 15 percent USR-PLUS). Most importantly, rather than yawns, observers got an unexpected scare: the far-right AUR (Alliance for the Unity of Romanians), a party few had heard of even during the campaign, got almost 9 percent of the national vote and are now strutting into the Parliament. How did we go from boredom to trepidation in only one day?
|Publication date||11 Dec 2020|
|Place of Publication||Brussels|
|Publisher||Foundation for European Progressive Studies|
|Publication status||Published - 11 Dec 2020|