People’s Party – Dan Diaconescu (PP-DD)

People’s Party – Dan Diaconescu (PP-DD). As its name suggests, the PP-DD is the creation of Dan Diaconescu, a journalist and TV presenter who founded the TV channel OTV.

The PP-DD has an unclear ideology based around populist views on the political system, combined with broadly leftist and nationalist instincts.

The party supports higher retirement benefits and salaries, and lower VAT. It wishes to see agriculture collectivised and renationalisations, with directly elected leaders for nationalised industries.

The PP-DD is highly Eurosceptic.

Diaconescu was sentenced to three years in prison in December 2013 on the charge of blackmailing a mayor. His controversial OTV TV channel has also been shut down due to failure to pay its broadcasting licence. Diaconescu’s supporters claim that DNA evidence against him was falsified.

Diaconescu’s party initially performed strongly, winning 14.0% of the vote in 2012, although Diaconescu was not, himself, elected as he made the decision to run in Victor Ponta’s seat. The loss of OTV and Diaconescu have seriously weakened the party, and the party has been stained by association with the kind of corruption that it officially rails against. The party currently polls below the threshold for electing MEPs, but low turnout could see a small number of remaining loyalists vote it into the European Parliament.