European elections 2009 – Why these results?

Alina Mungiu Pippidi Why did Europe go right? Why did so many Europeans refrain from voting? Are the new Europeans worse Europeans, because they do not vote for the European Parliament? Is this another step towards democratic deficit and therefore
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The National Electricity Company – a good idea or an anti-reform measure?

The Romanian Government has decided to set up a national electricity company, vertically integrated (“a national champion”). The measure, initiated by AVAS and supported only half-heartedly by the Ministry of Economy and Finance, is opposed by Hidroelectrica, independent analysts, and
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Romania – The weak link of the European framework of fight against crime

Just one year after its EU accession, Romania is faced with unprecedented attacks against the Code of Criminal Procedure, which is the underlying cornerstone of the national framework of fight against crime. If the draft which is now being debated
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Romanian Parties facing Europe – November 2007

SAR POLICY BRIEF No. 28 Romanians vote on Sunday Novermber 25 for the first time to send 35 MEPs to the European Parliament. The public awareness of European issues is low, and political scandals have dominated the campaign overshadowing any
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Roads to Nowhere – August 2007

SAR Policy Brief No 26 The dirty little secret of Romania’s transport infrastructure sector is that money are no longer its main problem. It still gets less than is would ideally need, but more than it can currently manage. The
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How to avoid the “Mezzogiorno Syndrome” – July 2007

SAR Policy Brief No. 25, by Sorin Ioniţă The sudden inflow of EU funds can be a great burden for Romania’s regions, says Sorin Ioniţă. As a new EU member, Romania as a whole has still a chance to avoid
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Policy Briefs 2003-2006

Policy briefs are shorter reports that supplements the PWR’s and include ad-hoc analyses of potentially risky policies, or SAR’s point of view on an issue which is high on the public discussion agenda. Though short, these papers receive very good
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2010: SAR Report in the European Parliament “Property issues following the change of political regime in former socialist or communist countries”

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SAR Report 2011: The Labor Market Crisis

The labor market of the past 20 years has been heavily influenced by the social and economic transformation of Romania. It was also hindered by uninspired policies, such as rigid regulations or early retirement incentives. Today, the outcome is a
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SAR Report 2011: Rich and Starving. Romania Finds It Too Difficult to Spend €15M/day

For a state struggling to pay the pensions and salaries of its civil servants, Romania looks as if it’s living an absurd drama. It has finances for various investments but is unable to make use of them. It must spend
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