The dramatic turn of political discourse in Romania
Never in recent memory has Romanian society been so divided. Over the course of the last decade, political rhetoric has become more violent and polarising. The recent referendum to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman in the constitution, which did not legally pass, can be considered the height of these developments.
Anyone watching the speeches of Romanian MPs and discussions between members of the different Romanian political parties from the late 1990s and early 2000s would be amazed to see how different they were from the debates of the last decade. It is a matter of fact that the political discourse has taken a radical turn in the past number of years, and it would not be difficult to pinpoint the moment when the discourse began to deteriorate – when ad hominem attacks, name calling, and the demonisation of one’s political adversaries and their supporters became the norm.
January 2, 2019 -
Paul Gabriel Sandu
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PSD party leader Liviu Dragnea during a campaign in Romania. Dragnea is known for steering the government from behind the scenes, recently replacing the entire cabinet (and prime minister) with more loyal party members.
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