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Old 05-22-2012, 10:06 PM
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It oddly enough sounds like the congress we have back here in the states. Could you tell me the standings on each of the parties whether for or against a monarchy and then how many seats they have in the parliament?
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:10 PM
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Well...sadly the moment we speak there is only ONE party in the Parliament in favour (at least theoretically) of the monarchy, the National Liberal Party. They form an alliance with a small party, the Conservative Party. The two of them are allied with the third, the Social-Democrate Party, forming a strong political alliance that now managed to pull down the former government through a motion of confidence in the Parliament and they are now forming the new government.
There is also the Democrate-Liberal Party which has been governing since the end of 2008, now very impopular and most likely to lose severely at the next elections. There would be also the party of the hungarian minority, a smaller one, and...how should I say it... I'm really ashame of that, but there is a "party" now in the Parliament consisting of deputies and senators who "ran" from their original parties, under misterious presures (penal files most likely - most of the prosecutors are politically controlable), from the coalition in power (they were then in the opposition) and from the actual president of the country (he needed a comfortable majority in the Parliament to be on "his side", so that he wouldn't be suspended again like in 2007).

In november there will be parlamentary elections, most probably the coalition formed by the three parties I've mentioned at the beginning will obtain a score between 55 and 65 % of the votes, maybe even more, now with the new election law (just like the election law in Great Britain). The rest of the parties that are supposed to enter the new Parliament cannot be suspected of monarchist simpathies. Only some of their members in particular maybe, like T. Paleologu, who was supposed to read the petition in the Deputies Chamber.

The Social-Democrate Party is officially not a monarchist one, although it can be assumed that it has also monarchist members. The responsibility of a future restoration will be an issue of the Liberal Party. The president of the party, Crin Antonescu is a declared monarchist, but he seeks to become president of the republic. No one knows what he will do after he manages to get elected as president (he is by far the great favourite for that)...if he would support the restoration or not.
Basicly, if the social-democrates could be convinced by their partners the liberals of the necessity of restoring the monarchy...things would become extremely simple. They will be forming a large parliamentary majority, could be even 70%...and then they could easily write a new constitution, with the form of government changed.
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Old 05-24-2012, 04:13 AM
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Not all members of PNL are royalists.
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:36 AM
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If there are liberals who are not royalists, they should really be ashame of themselves, because the history of their party is almost the same with that of the romanian monarchy and the romanian modern state.
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:02 PM
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There are liberals that prefere the republic even if not a presidential one.
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:44 PM
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Has the Romanian Royal Family traditionally sided with one of the main parties, or expressed views in support of certain political viewpoints? Or has the Royal Family been completely neutral, like Queen Elizabeth?

It seems like left-wing parties in many monarchies are anti-royalist. Unfortunate.
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Old 05-25-2012, 02:42 PM
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The Royal Family is politically neutral. This is its greatest advantage, it's the exact reason why we should restore the monarchy in the first place.
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Old 05-26-2012, 04:37 PM
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The Romanian Royals are not involved in politics at all because they represent much more than that: the identity of the people.
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Old 05-26-2012, 04:43 PM
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I know King Michael is personally quite popular, which may reflect the man or perhaps nostalgia for an almost forgotten pre war era, , but has a poll ever been done asking the Roumanian people if they actually want a restored monarchy?

Michael isn't getting any younger, so people would have to take into account that they would really be voting to put his daughter and son in law and then eventually his grandson on the throne.
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Old 05-27-2012, 04:52 AM
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All the recent polls ask about the popularity of the King but do not ask clearly about Monarchy.
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:45 AM
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The Romanian Royals are not involved in politics at all because they represent much more than that: the identity of the people.
But throughout history, didn't the Royal Family get involved in politics? Didn't King Michael pick prime ministers in the 1940s? Didn't King Carol even change the Constitution in the 1930s? If so, did the Royal Family's actions generally lean one way in politics?
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:50 AM
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HM King Mihai I had never been involved in politics because He has always respected his constitutional role. Carol I and Ferdinand I had acted the same. Carol II was an exception between 1938-1940.
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Old 05-28-2012, 05:58 PM
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But throughout history, didn't the Royal Family get involved in politics? Didn't King Michael pick prime ministers in the 1940s? Didn't King Carol even change the Constitution in the 1930s? If so, did the Royal Family's actions generally lean one way in politics?
It is true that the way the king (as a figure) had behaved in the Constitutional game was not exactly what you may call entirely "neutral", especially when we think of King Carol I...he always had a good relationship with the liberals, with Ion Bratianu particularly. It wasn't something that had done any damage to the young modern romanian democracy anyway, the king knew exactly how to exercise his function, to him the duty and devotion for the country and for the state was everything.
King Ferdinand was more neutral, he understood perfectly the importance of a new political force to be formed, for the balance of the entire romanian political scene at that time (the birth of the National Peasants Party by the fusion of two parties), in opposition to the liberals.
King Michael was also forced to involve more into the state problems, constitutionally-political issues, due to the extremely dramatic situation in which Romania had entered during and after the war.
Of course, King Carol II was a real failure...
But now we're living different times and the Royal Family is really neutral, with a very decent and elegant public behaviour, with more and more credit from the people, a very good public image... It could really be the solution. It is actually. There's just the need of a little more time so that a sufficient amount of people realize this.
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:02 AM
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Only the Restoration of Monarchy could bring a real balance in the Romanian constitutional and political realities.
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:25 PM
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Do people in Romania remember much about the years 1940-1944 and Ion Antonescu's rule? If so, does it help or hurt King Michael? I would think that being king during a dictatorship and war would make it difficult for King Michael to come across as a guarantor of democracy, right?
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All those who know Romanian history and are against the communists consider the Sovereign as the symbol of democracy.
The role of Ion Antonescu in the Romanian history is a continue debate and the supporters of the republican leader Basescu try to use the name of Antonescu against the Sovereign without much success.
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It seems to be that the Romanian President is pretty desperate to discredit the royal family in whatever way he can. Which is telling in itself as he obviously considers them a realistic threat to his own position.
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It seems to be that the Romanian President is pretty desperate to discredit the royal family in whatever way he can. Which is telling in itself as he obviously considers them a realistic threat to his own position.
No Head of State is going to willingly succumb his/her position to anyone else; however, it has been my impression that Basescu has always had reasonably good relationship with King Michael, and especially Crown Princess Margareta and Prince Radu. For instance, during Prince Charles' recent private visit to Romania, the President hosted a reception at the Cotroceni Palace; the Crown Princess and Prince Radu were guests of honour and had the senior-most position immediately after the President and above Prime Minister Ponta.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:57 AM
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The republican leader has NO connection with the Royal Family.

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No Head of State is going to willingly succumb his/her position to anyone else; however, it has been my impression that Basescu has always had reasonably good relationship with King Michael, and especially Crown Princess Margareta and Prince Radu. For instance, during Prince Charles' recent private visit to Romania, the President hosted a reception at the Cotroceni Palace; the Crown Princess and Prince Radu were guests of honour and had the senior-most position immediately after the President and above Prime Minister Ponta.
I did not see anything on the official site of the Royal Family (Familia Regala - Acasa) or on the blog of HRH Prince Radu (Romania. Altfel | Un blog de Principele Radu al Romaniei) about any recent participation of HRH Crown Princess Margareta at any event at Cotroceni Palace. The royal couple attended a reception in the Arenas of the National Bank together with HRH the Prince of Wales in honour of the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elisabeth II (http://www.princeradublog.ro/jurnal/...a-arenele-bnr/).
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I did not see anything on the official site of the Royal Family (Familia Regala - Acasa) or on the blog of HRH Prince Radu (Romania. Altfel | Un blog de Principele Radu al Romaniei) about any recent participation of HRH Crown Princess Margareta at any event at Cotroceni Palace. The royal couple attended a reception in the Arenas of the National Bank together with HRH the Prince of Wales in honour of the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elisabeth II (Împreun).
I made my comment based on three articles. The links to English-language ones is posted below; I'll post the one in Romanian later.
The use of "Royal Highness" by Prince Charles in his speech at Cotroceni Palace clearly indicates the Crown Princess was there (as is also stated in the second article). In addition, the article in Romanian stated they were seated in "higher position" that the young Prime Minister.

Prince Charles visiting Cotroceni Palace | ACTMedia
Romania Insider stories: The Prince of Wales in Bucharest | Daily news in English from Romania - Romania-Insider.com
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