Thousands of Romanians have braved the summer heat to gather outside parliament and demand the government step down.
They are against proposed cuts in public sector wages and pensions, which Prime Minister Emil Boc says are necessary to meet the demands of a 20 billion euro IMF-EU loan.
The cuts have led to a no-confidence vote in parliament.
Experts say Boc’s centre-right coalition is likely to find the 236 votes it needs to survive.
Even if it does survive, the plans to cut public sector wages, pensions and unemployment benefit could be challenged in the constitutional court.
The opposition have condemned the government’s austerity plan as “social genocide” and say it will condemn thousands to a life of grinding poverty:
The Prime Minister has warned that if these cuts are not made the budget deficit will soar.