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The expiry of reform after 2007
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This chapter explores the first year of Romania's membership inside the European Union (EU). The ruling Liberals and their allies decided to go on the political offensive, which would be directed at the EU and the USA. The European Commission sent a report to the Parliament and the Council of the EU on the justice system. The report was unable to discover much progress in justice reform. The EU did threaten to penalise Romania over economic failings. The EU had never shown much need to strengthen civic forces in Romania so that they might act as a counterweight to a venal political elite. The Partidul Social Democrat (PSD) (Social Democratic Party)'s recovery derived from the strength of provincial barons. The mood of most Romanians would result in a transformation of political standards.

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Romania and the European Union

How the weak vanquished the strong


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