Adrian Nastase: a premier in a hurry
Adrian Nastase, the prime minister of Romania and Social Democratic Party leader, has been described as “a proactive politician”. During a recent trip to the UK, he explained that positive action is his priority.
Working 16-hour days, Romania's premier met UK prime minister Tony Blair, spoke to the Confederation of British Industry about investment opportunities in Romania and even found time to address students at the Oxford Union.
Fresh from his latest round of talks with UK foreign minister Jack Straw about Romania's accession to Nato, he bounded into a hotel room to talk to Euromoney, crammed in more views on Romania's economic reform than one might imagine could be squeezed into 15 minutes and was on to his next appointment. Any thoughts of slipping in a few final questions as we were escorted outside were swiftly quashed when we saw the besuited security guards at the door.
Nastase is the new leader and fresh face of the Social Democratic Party (PSD). Impeccably dressed and softly spoken, he talks with serious determination about his plans.