The revolt (revolution?) spreads: Inside Romania’s protests

(From Euractive.com)

After the improvised execution of Nicolae Ceaușescu, the last Romanian communist leader, the former political elite of the communist regime firmly re-entrenched itself in the state institutions and started the slow process of constructing a viable post-communist regime. But unlike the negotiated transitions in Poland or the Czech Republic, it did this almost completely on its own terms. Former communist bureaucrats and managers of state enterprises began privatising the economy, but they never mentally abandoned the discretionary control and the propagandistic ability to play on people’s fears inherited from the former regime, thus giving birth to a political system of widespread patronage, corruption and abuse.

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