Romania’s president has appointed as prime minister the man who tried to have him impeached in July – Victor Ponta. The Social Liberal Union leader won a two thirds majority in parliamentary elections on December 9th and eases concerns over the country’s political stability.
The row that took place between the president and the newly re-appointed prime minister raised doubts about how swiftly the second poorest country in the European Union could agree on a deal with the International Monetary Fund over a €5 billion loan. The new government also faces the challenge of dealing with high levels of corruption and organised crime. These issues have kept Romania outside the passport zone Schengen Zone