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The Fall of Romania’s Government Bodes Ill for Its COVID-19 Battle

MIN READOct 6, 2021 | 18:05 GMT

People take part in a protest against COVID-19 vaccines and lockdown measures in Bucharest, Romania, on Oct. 2, 2021.
People take part in a protest against COVID-19 vaccines and lockdown measures in Bucharest, Romania, on Oct. 2, 2021.

(DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP via Getty Images)

The government of Romanian Prime Minister Florin Citu fell on Oct. 5 after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament. On Oct. 6, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said that he will begin consultations with the political parties in parliament next week to explore the possibility of appointing a new government. The collapse of Romania’s government will make it hard for Bucharest to improve the country’s very low COVID-19 vaccination rate and absorb much-needed EU funding, both of which are essential for sustainable economic growth. ...

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