Romania. At the beginning of the year, the Social
Democrats demanded the departure of Christian Democratic
Prime Minister Victor Ciorbea because of his inability to
push through the necessary reforms. According to
Countryaah, the resignation happened
a few months later, and the political crisis got its
solution with Radu Vasile as new prime minister, just like
his predecessor a conservative Christian Democrat. The new
center government consists of four parties that formed a
coalition, on the order of Christian Democrats (Partidul
Naţional Ţărănesc Creştin-Demokrat din Romānia), Social
Democrats (Partidul Social Democrat Traditional Din
Romānia), Liberals (Partidul Naţional Liberal), and
representatives of the Hungarian minority. Democrată
Maghiară din Romānia). Despite the need for a bold reform
policy, reform-minded Finance Minister Daniel Dăianu was
dismissed and replaced by the more cautious Traian Decebal
Remes. A former finance minister, George Danielescu, was
charged with falsification of forgery and embezzlement.
Industry privatization and modernization have barely
started. Romania has a low standard of living compared to
other ex-communist countries with about SEK 800 as average
monthly income. The year was marked by worries in the labor
market with strikes in health care, and due to missing
wages, miners and steel workers also striked and
demonstrated. Confidence in the political system is low.
found that several mayoral elections were annulled due to
too low turnout. The institutions the Romanians have the
greatest confidence in are the Orthodox Church and the army.
The Hungarian minority's claim to its own university had a
surprising result. Parliament decided to set up a university
for Hungarians and Germans. However, the German minority had
never demanded a higher education seat.