Romania, tip of a European iceberg?

More than half a million people out of a total population of 20 million, or 5% of the total population, are still protesting in Bucharest (Romania). After having forced the government to withdraw its amnesty law concerning various abuses of power, Romanians are continuing their popular movement against corruption.

Considering the persistence of this massive popular mobilization, Cyceon’s correspondents assessed that this huge movement is symptomatic of a growing disconnection between the citizens and their political leaders – national as European (Brussels). Given the lack of media coverage for this event through official and/or traditional channels, news about the movement is being largely conveyed through social networks, thus increasing popular defiance.

In the light of the general context, a similar protest movement could, according to our data, paralyze other countries in the medium term, especially France in the event of a serious attack on national security (terrorist attacks) and/or accelerated economic deterioration (Greece , Italy, euro). Romanian developments confirmed Cyceon‘s assessment that 2017 will be the year of political risk.