Greater Romania Party

The Greater Romania Party (Romanian: Partidul România Mare, PRM) is a Romanian nationalist political party.[6] Founded in May 1991 by Eugen Barbu and Corneliu Vadim Tudor, it was led by the latter from that point until his death in September 2015.[7][8] The party is sometimes referred to in English as the Great Romania Party.

Greater Romania Party

Partidul România Mare
PresidentVictor Iovici[1]
Founded1991; 29 years ago (1991)
Membership (2014)37,000
IdeologyRomanian nationalism
Romanian irredentism
Right-wing populism
National conservatism
Soft Euroscepticism[2]
Political positionRight-wing to far-right[3][4]
ReligionRomanian Orthodoxy
National affiliationNational Identity Bloc in Europe
ColoursRed, Yellow, Blue (Romanian national colours)
Chamber of Deputies
0 / 329
0 / 136
European Parliament
0 / 32
0 / 3,186
County Councilors
0 / 1,434
Local Council Councilors
141 / 40,067

It briefly participated in government from 1993 to 1995 (in Nicolae Văcăroiu's cabinet). In 2000, Tudor received the second largest number of votes in Romania's presidential elections, partially as a result of protest votes lodged by Romanians frustrated with the fractionalisation and mixed performance of the 1996–2000 Romanian Democratic Convention government. Tudor's second-place position ensured he would compete in the second round run-off against former president and Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR) candidate Ion Iliescu, who won by a large margin. Parallels are often drawn with the situation in France two years later, when far-right Front National Party leader Jean-Marie Le Pen similarly drew the second largest number of votes and was elevated, but defeated, in the presidential run-off against Jacques Chirac.

Although Tudor clearly remained the central figure in the PRM, in March 2005 he briefly stepped down from the party presidency in favour of Corneliu Ciontu. A primary objective of the move was to provide the appearance of a shift toward the political center and to attempt to align PRM with the European People's Party (EPP) bloc in the European Parliament. During this period the PRM also briefly changed its name to the Greater Romania's People Party. EPP, however, rejected the PRM as a potential member. Tudor stated he refused to join the EPP because of its lack of identity. In June 2005, Tudor asserted that he had decided the new leadership had distanced itself from the founding principles of the party, and he sacked the new leadership and reverted the party's name back to simply the "Greater Romania Party". In November 2005, Ciontu, along with a small faction of the PRM, formed their own party, the People's Party, which has since merged with the New Generation Party.

In January 2007, with Romania's accession to the EU România Mare's five MEPs joined a group of far-right parties in the European Parliament that included the French National Front and Austrian Freedom Party, giving them sufficient numbers to form an official bloc, called Identity, Tradition, Sovereignty.[9] Though due to disagreements, they left the group a few months later, causing its collapse.

History and ideologyEdit

The party was founded in 1991 by Tudor, who was formerly known as a "court poet" of communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu,[10] and his literary mentor, the writer Eugen Barbu, one year after Tudor launched the România Mare weekly magazine, which remains the most important propaganda tool of the PRM. Tudor subsequently launched a companion daily newspaper called Tricolorul. (The historical expression Greater Romania refers to the idea of recreating the former Kingdom of Romania which existed during the interwar period. Having been the largest entity to bear the name of Romania, the frontiers were marked with the intent of uniting most territories inhabited by ethnic Romanians into a single country; and it is now a rallying cry for Romanian nationalists. Due to internal conditions under Communism after World War II, the expression's use was forbidden in publications until 1990, after the Romanian Revolution.) The party's initial success was partly attributed to the deep rootedness of Ceaușescu's national communism in Romania.[11]

Both the ideology and the main political focus of the Greater Romania Party are reflected in frequently strongly nationalistic articles written by Tudor. The party has called for the outlawing of the ethnic Hungarian party, the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania, for allegedly plotting the secession of Transylvania.[12]

The party has praised and shown nostalgia for both the military dictatorship of Axis ally Ion Antonescu, whom they consider a hero or even a saint,[13][14] and the communist regime of Ceaușescu.[15] The party rejected the 2006 Tismăneanu report on the communist dictatorship in Romania as a manipulation of history.[16]

In 2003, Tudor said he would no longer engage in discourse against Jews and Judaism or deny the Holocaust (see Corneliu Vadim Tudor). He also said that he had become, in his own words, a "philo-Semite". In subsequent months he and some of his supporters travelled to Poland to visit the Auschwitz concentration camp; and, despite strong objections from the family of slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and many Jewish organisations,[17] Tudor illegally erected a statue in memory of Rabin in the city of Braşov (for which he was found guilty and fined). During this period, Tudor hired Nati Meir, a Jewish advisor, who ran and won as a PRM candidate for the Romanian Chamber of Deputies. Tudor also hired an Israeli public relations firm, Arad Communications, to run his campaign.[18][19]

Party leadersEdit

Corneliu Vadim Tudor (1991–2015)
Emil Străinu [ro] (2015–2016)
Victor Iovici (2017–present)

Electoral historyEdit

Legislative electionsEdit

Election Chamber Senate Position Aftermath
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
1992 424,061 3.89
16 / 341
422,545 3.85
6 / 143
1996 545,430 4.46
19 / 343
558,026 4.54
8 / 143
5th Opposition to CDR-USD-UDMR government
2000 2,112,027 19.48
84 / 345
2,288,483 21.01
37 / 140
2nd Opposition to PDSR minority government
2004 1,316,751 12.92
48 / 332
1,394,698 13.3
21 / 137
3rd Opposition to DA-PUR-UDMR (until April 2007)
Opposition to PNL-UDMR minority government
2008 217,595 3.16
0 / 334
245,930 3.57
0 / 137
5th Extra-parliamentary opposition to PDL-PSD government (until December 2009)
Extra-parliamentary opposition to PDL-UNPR-UDMR (until May 2012)
Extra-parliamentary support to USL government (until December 2012)
2012 92,382 1.25
0 / 412
109,142 1.47
0 / 176
5th Extra-parliamentary support to USL government (until March 2014)
Extra-parliamentary opposition to PSD-UNPR-UDMR-PC government (until December 2014)
Extra-parliamentary support to PSD-UNPR-ALDE government (until November 2015)
Extra-parliamentary opposition to Cioloș Cabinet (Ind.)
2016 73,264 1.04
0 / 329
83,568 1.18
0 / 136
8th Extra-parliamentary opposition to PSD-ALDE government (until August 2019)
Extra-parliamentary support to PSD minority government (until November 2019)
Extra-parliamentary support to PNL minority government

Presidential electionsEdit

Election Candidate First round Second round
Votes Percentage Position Votes Percentage Position
1992 did not compete
1996 Corneliu Vadim Tudor 597,508
2000 Corneliu Vadim Tudor 3,178,293
 2nd  3,324,247
2004 Corneliu Vadim Tudor 1,313,714
2009 Corneliu Vadim Tudor 540,380
2014 Corneliu Vadim Tudor 349,416
2019 did not compete

European electionsEdit

Election Votes Percentage MEPs Position EU Party EP Group
2007 212,596 4.15%
0 / 32
2009 419,094 8.65%
2 / 33
 5th 1 NI
2014 150,484 2.70%
0 / 32
2019 did not compete


1 PNG-CD competed on PRM ballot, thus gaining 1 MEP.


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