The new centre-left coalition in Romania has won parliamentary approval, making the Democrat-Liberal leader Emil Boc the new prime minister. The deal with the Social Democrats brings together the two parties which finished neck-and-neck in last month’s elections, and raises hopes that the government will be able to act swiftly to tackle the growing threat of recession.
Boc took the reins when his own choice for prime minister, Theodor Stolojan, rejected the opportunity. It follows two years of political paralysis which has left Bucharest more vulnerable economically than its eastern European neighbours. But a history of acrimony between the two parties threatens the coalition’s chances of making tough decisions on spending cuts, or of reviving the anti-corruption drive demanded by the European Union.