Romania en Marche


Former Romanian PM Victor Ponta wants to create a new pro-European, progressive space inspired by Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche.
Former Romanian PM Victor Ponta wants to create a new pro-European, progressive space inspired by Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche.

For a man facing potential jail time, Victor Ponta seems at ease.

Then again, the 45-year-old former Romanian prime minister is used to setbacks: When a fire killed 60 people at a Bucharest nightclub in 2015 and thousands of people took to the streets to protest lax safety standards, somebody’s head had to roll.

“That emotion and collective anger needed a lightning rod. And that could only have been me,” said Ponta, who quickly stepped down. “This is what being a politician means — you are accountable for things you don’t do directly, just like you benefit from things you don’t do directly.”

After a bid for the Romanian presidency in 2014 and being booted out of the ruling Social Democrats (PSD) last year for defying the party to back short-lived Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, Ponta is now building a party of his own, inspired by Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche.

Read the full article now on Politico

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