The Aspen Fellows Network organized on March 28 a debate on the challenges of the new young political leaders of Romania, focusing on issues like values-based leadership on the new political class, multiple challenges of new politicians or solutions to Romania's critical problems.
Context: 2012 has been the year Romania witnessed one of its most profound political crises in several years. Economic and social hardships led to violent civic protests, followed by a political crisis, which soon turned into an institutional and constitutional crisis: the President's suspension by the parliamentary majority and a referendum for the President's dismissal. 2013 has not appeased the spirits between the Presidency and the Government, yet a stable political majority is clearly populating the Parliament. While economists foresee an economic growth of merely 1.2%, it could be said that, after a year of political turmoil, society is expecting stability, predictability and a clear roadmap towards a corruption-free, prosperous Romania. Moreover, reforms with profound implications on statehood itself are foreseen for the immediate future: a constitutional revision, a new territorial organization and electoral reform.
What is at stake behind these attempts? Will they lead to democracy consolidation? Can politicians live up to this multiplicity of challenges? What are the missing traits of the current political establishment in leading these waves of changes? Is there a new generation of Romanian politicians with a more profound commitment to value-based leadership or, on the contrary, young politicians are no better than their elder peers? Romania's future depends on smart answers to all these questions. The solutions young politicians envisage for reforming the country are crucial.
Florin Alexe, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, Head of the Youth Branch of the National Liberal Party
Gabriel Biris, Member of FortaCivica, BirisGoran
Nicusor Dan, Candidate in Bucharest Local Elections 2012
Sorin Moldovan, Vicepresident Democrat Liberal Party
Andreea Paul, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, Democrat Liberal Party
Gabriel Petrea, Vicemayor District 6 Bucharest, President of the League of Social Democrat Students
Ioana Pop, Secretary General of the Youth Branch of the Social Democrat Party, Vice-President National Council for Combating Discrimination
Raluca Ispir, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, National Liberal Party
Mihai Sturzu, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, Social Democrat Party
TanaseStamule, Local Counsellor, Bucharest District 1, Democrat Liberal Party
The event will be moderated by Hotnews Journalist, Vlad Mixich.