In Romania, if the president’s choice for the country’s new prime minister is confirmed, it will be a case of second time around for economist Theodor Stolojan. He was last prime minister in the early 1990s after Romania’s painful revolution, and the massive anti-reform riots led by coal miners. To some, he is a trusted technocrat ideally suited to take up the reins of power at this time of economic crisis. But to others he is a blind follower of President Traian Basescu. It remains to be see if he will be able to distance himself enough from the president who nominated him to draw the two opinions together. Parliament must confirm his nomination on December 22nd.