The new President of Romania: expectations vs reality. Part 1

As a Romanian journalist I find it difficult to write about the internal politics without assuming that I will be labeled. This ridiculous situation has escalated in the past years due to the increasing fights among different political parties (including the President), which has made it practically impossible for the press to maintain an objective eye on the domestic affairs.

Nevertheless, this surprising win of Mr. Klaus Iohannis, mayor of Sibiu and president of the Liberal Party, has been received with so much curiosity both inside Romania and out, that it certainly deserves an analysis.

For those political experts who ask themselves whether a wave of fundamental changes will occur in Romania’s foreign affairs, as well as domestic ones, let us take a look at the factors that might influence- or not- a shift. Continue reading →