Surprise Grand Coalition Forms Romania's Next Government
Analysis & implications of Romania's coalition crisis and the Government of Nicolae Ciucă

November 26, 2021

Following months of uncertainty and two failed attempts to form a new government after the country's three-party government collapsed in a no-confidence vote in October, Romania's political crisis has come to an unlikely end, at least for the time being.

The ruling National Liberal Party (PNL) and the opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD), the two longtime electoral rivals of Romanian politics, this week formalised an unlikely alliance and agreed on a surprise, three-party grand coalition, including the ethnic Hungarian UDMR party.

While this seems to have eased the current crisis, however, political instability remains a key risk in Romania, as it is yet to be seen how long this experimental coalition will last.

As the Parliament of Romania voted (on 25th November) to install the country's new Government, led by former Defence Minister Nicolae Ciucă, Kesarev takes a deeper look at the likely repercussions of the new grand coalition agreement, the new government's pressing priorities and potential political scenarios moving forward.

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