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As Brexit Enters Endgame, This Trouble Spot Takes EU Presidency

  • Romania assumes European Union presidency in January
  • EU, U.S. voiced concern over rule of law, graft in Romania
Viorica Dancila

Viorica Dancila

Photographer: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

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No stranger to gaffes, Romania’s prime minister is perhaps best known for one particularly glaring slip of the tongue not long into her tenure.

Addressing colleagues at a government meeting in May -- as well as a live online audience -- Viorica Dancila proudly declared that “we’re reducing democracy.” Despite quickly correcting that last word to “bureaucracy,” the Internet wasn’t in a forgiving mood and the blunder spawned an avalanche of memes that still haunt her.