guardian.co.uk, Monday 10 December 2012
"Romania was one of the countries hit hardest by the economic crisis in Europe. The austerity programme enacted at the time was a poorly judged, knee-jerk response that had a devastating social and economic impact on our country. Teachers and doctors were put on lower salary levels than those for unskilled workers, and Romania experienced massive emigration of our middle class … Europe has witnessed rising popular frustration at the failure of austerity to deliver employment and sound fiscal balances. Voters from Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Lithuania and Romania have put their trust in pro-European Union, progressive governments with economic programmes like ours – shunning the values of populist politics based on xenophobia and protectionism ... International consensus, buoyed by the likes of the IMF, has already started to warn of the consequences that too much austerity will have on an already struggling Europe."