He had been widely expected to resign yesterday but Romania’s prime minister has now decided against stepping down.Calin Tariceanu said that with the country in turmoil after severe floods it was no longer appropriate to resign. He said that would have been an act of cowardice and added: “This is no time for political tricks, no time for party struggles. We will join the EU with modern, rebuilt roads, with content people.” Tariceanu said this month he would resign to pave the way for early elections because he was frustrated with the slow pace of justice reforms needed for European entry in 2007. But now he says he will ask parliament for a vote of confidence on Thursday and lead reconstruction efforts. At least 27 people have died in the recent floods and thousands of people have been left homeless. Virtually all of the country has been hit by torrential rain and landslides and several roads and train lines have been destroyed over the past week. It is thought rebuilding will cost hundreds of millions of euros.