Völlig unerwartet scheiterte letztes Wochenende in Rumänien eine Volksabstimmung zum verfassungsrechtlichen Verbot der gleichgeschlechtlichen Ehe – aufgrund mangelnder Beteiligung. Michael Hein diskutiert den überraschenden Ausgang des Referendums und gibt Einblicke in die teils schmutzig geführten Kampagnen.
A year after a series of protests ended with the ousting of the Social Democratic Party-led government, the party reemerges as the dominant political force in Romania. Titus Udrea analyses the latest Romanian election and its ensuing developments that have led Romania on the brink of political crisis.
In regard to the latest developments in Romania, the country has experienced visible protest movements since 2013. At the beginning of July 2016, local elections were held. Tina Olteanu argues that those elections are not only a test for the upcoming parliamentary elections at the end of this year. They are also an indicator where voters in general and the protest movement(s) in Romania are heading.
From January 2012 until December 2015, Romania faced the most important social movements since the fall of the communist regime. This article represents an overview of the main street protests which marked the rise of a consistent and powerful civil society.