Cover Osteuropa 9/2012

In Osteuropa 9/2012

Power Struggle in Romania
The Government, the President and the Judiciary

Daniel Ursprung

Deutsche Fassung


In the summer of 2012, Romania was plunged into a crisis of state. State institutions found themselves crippled by a power struggle between the new government and the president. In an attempt to oust controversial President Traian Basescu, the government repeatedly violated principles of the rule of law. Behind the dispute lies a struggle over the independence of the judiciary. However, the judiciary has withstood the pressure and could emerge from the crisis stronger than ever.

(Osteuropa 9/2012, pp. 3–14)