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Iulian Ernst
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Iulian studied physics at the University of Bucharest, and he sees himself as a physicist in the broadest sense of the word. He also studied economics at Charles University in Prague and Central European University in Budapest, after a master’s program in business administration at Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies. Since recently, he’s been exploring coding and data analysis for business and economics. As a freelancer, he worked for nearly two decades as an analyst for ISI Emerging Markets, Euromonitor International, Business New Europe, but also as a consultant for OMV Petrom and UkrAgroConsult. Iulian was part of the founding team of Ziarul Financiar. At Romania Insider, which he joined in 2018, he is reviewing the latest economic developments for the premium bulletins and newsletters. He would gladly discuss topics such as macroeconomics, emerging markets, Prague, energy sector including renewable, Led Zeppelin, financial services, as well as tech start-ups and innovative technologies. Email him at iulian@romania-insider.com. 

 

Ruling partners in Romania still haven’t settled major conflict

Although the conflict within Romania's center-right coalition has not been escalating after the dismissal of health minister Vlad Voiculescu (USR-PLUS), and despite all partners' commitment to keeping the coalition intact, the views expressed by the parties in conflict are highly divergent.

A point of inflection is the ruling coalition's meeting scheduled on April 19, when the ruling parties' leaders will agree on further steps.

The leaders of Romanian junior ruling partner, reformist platform USR-PLUS, Dan Barna and Dacian Ciolos, will go to the coalition meeting on Monday, April 19 with the mandate to withdraw the political support of prime minister Florin Citu, confirmed USR deputy, Iulian Bulai, speaking for Digi24.

And his other claims are equally radical. Possible prime minister options proposed by the reformists to the senior ruling party are PNL leader Ludovic Orban or the head of the Bihor County Council, Ilie Bolojan, G4media reported.

Regarding the nomination for the future minister of health, Bulai said that USR-PLUS has several options, invoking several names, including Andreea Moldovan - the state secretary who triggered the political scandal by the publication of an order including stricter criteria for quarantine.

USR MP Bulai also said that, no matter how long the crisis lasts, USR-PLUS must receive guarantees that it will not happen again that the prime minister will change ministers appointed by the junior ruling partners without consulting these parties.

The senior ruling party PNL doesn't consider the resignation of PM Citu as an option. PNL president Ludovic Orban, a would-be rival in the internal race for the party's leadership of PM Citu, strongly backs the head of the Government.

"You cannot change the prime minister only because a coalition party disagrees about an obviously underperforming minister being replaced. I have been extremely polite, and I didn't want [so far] to criticize one minister or another because we are in a coalition, and we need to discuss these things among ourselves," Orban said at a news conference in Baia Mare over the weekend, Agerpres reported.

Orban stressed that it was actually USR-PLUS that came up with the proposal to appoint Forin Citu as prime minister - while firmly opposing his candidacy for a second term after last fall's elections when the incumbent coalition was formed.

On a tougher note, Orban stressed that any minister attacking his prime minister should know that he will be dismissed.

The PNL president stressed that the prime minister's decision to dismiss Voiculescu involved "courage, responsibility, but also risks" and asked the USR-PLUS partners, whom he considers to be "inexperienced" in terms of ruling and especially ruling as part of a coalition, to analyze this decision objectively - and they will find that it was a correct one.

(Photo: Octav Ganea/ Inquam Photos)

iulian@romania-insider.com

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Iulian Ernst
Senior Editor

Iulian studied physics at the University of Bucharest, and he sees himself as a physicist in the broadest sense of the word. He also studied economics at Charles University in Prague and Central European University in Budapest, after a master’s program in business administration at Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies. Since recently, he’s been exploring coding and data analysis for business and economics. As a freelancer, he worked for nearly two decades as an analyst for ISI Emerging Markets, Euromonitor International, Business New Europe, but also as a consultant for OMV Petrom and UkrAgroConsult. Iulian was part of the founding team of Ziarul Financiar. At Romania Insider, which he joined in 2018, he is reviewing the latest economic developments for the premium bulletins and newsletters. He would gladly discuss topics such as macroeconomics, emerging markets, Prague, energy sector including renewable, Led Zeppelin, financial services, as well as tech start-ups and innovative technologies. Email him at iulian@romania-insider.com. 

 

Ruling partners in Romania still haven’t settled major conflict

Although the conflict within Romania's center-right coalition has not been escalating after the dismissal of health minister Vlad Voiculescu (USR-PLUS), and despite all partners' commitment to keeping the coalition intact, the views expressed by the parties in conflict are highly divergent.

A point of inflection is the ruling coalition's meeting scheduled on April 19, when the ruling parties' leaders will agree on further steps.

The leaders of Romanian junior ruling partner, reformist platform USR-PLUS, Dan Barna and Dacian Ciolos, will go to the coalition meeting on Monday, April 19 with the mandate to withdraw the political support of prime minister Florin Citu, confirmed USR deputy, Iulian Bulai, speaking for Digi24.

And his other claims are equally radical. Possible prime minister options proposed by the reformists to the senior ruling party are PNL leader Ludovic Orban or the head of the Bihor County Council, Ilie Bolojan, G4media reported.

Regarding the nomination for the future minister of health, Bulai said that USR-PLUS has several options, invoking several names, including Andreea Moldovan - the state secretary who triggered the political scandal by the publication of an order including stricter criteria for quarantine.

USR MP Bulai also said that, no matter how long the crisis lasts, USR-PLUS must receive guarantees that it will not happen again that the prime minister will change ministers appointed by the junior ruling partners without consulting these parties.

The senior ruling party PNL doesn't consider the resignation of PM Citu as an option. PNL president Ludovic Orban, a would-be rival in the internal race for the party's leadership of PM Citu, strongly backs the head of the Government.

"You cannot change the prime minister only because a coalition party disagrees about an obviously underperforming minister being replaced. I have been extremely polite, and I didn't want [so far] to criticize one minister or another because we are in a coalition, and we need to discuss these things among ourselves," Orban said at a news conference in Baia Mare over the weekend, Agerpres reported.

Orban stressed that it was actually USR-PLUS that came up with the proposal to appoint Forin Citu as prime minister - while firmly opposing his candidacy for a second term after last fall's elections when the incumbent coalition was formed.

On a tougher note, Orban stressed that any minister attacking his prime minister should know that he will be dismissed.

The PNL president stressed that the prime minister's decision to dismiss Voiculescu involved "courage, responsibility, but also risks" and asked the USR-PLUS partners, whom he considers to be "inexperienced" in terms of ruling and especially ruling as part of a coalition, to analyze this decision objectively - and they will find that it was a correct one.

(Photo: Octav Ganea/ Inquam Photos)

iulian@romania-insider.com

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