|Shock popularity due for Euro elections
The Diplomat – November 2007
Report by Ana-Maria Nitoi (Source: www.thediplomat.ro/reports_1107.php )
Romania could witness an unprecedented event in the EU a popular European election. People may not understand the main issues or know when the vote takes place, but they are damned enthusiastic about it.
European elections are usually a dull formality in most member states. Hardly any people turn out and even fewer know the name of their representatives in Strasbourg. For Romania’s first European elections on 25 November to change its 35 representatives in the European Parliament, there is almost zero public information and the major European issues see little debate. But nearly half of the people are interested in coming out to vote.
Democrats in pole position
On average, opinion polls put the PD ahead on 40 per cent, the PSD second on 20 per cent, followed by the National Liberal Party (PNL) with less than 15 per cent and the New Generation Party (PNG) with ten per cent. The Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) and the Greater Romania Party (PRM) each have around five per cent. At present, only these parties pass the five per cent necessary to see candidates in the EP.
National Liberal Party (PNL)
New Generation Party (PNG)
Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR)
Social Democratic Party (PSD)
Democratic Party (PD)
Greater Romania Party (PRM)
Conservative Party (PC)