RUMANIA: Tycoon Ousted

Rumania has been ruled by Tycoons of the Bratiano family since the foundation of the Kingdom (1881). The Royal Family has merely reigned—a family of puppets—despite the petty intrigues of Queen Marie. Therefore the Kingdom was shaken in its deepest political foundations, last week, when the last of the Tycoons, Vintila Bratiano, was forced to resign as Prime Minister.

The situation cannot be grasped without harking back a year to the Prime Ministry of Vintila Bratiano's late brother, the great Jon Bratiano. He it was who daringly altered the Royal succession and placed upon the Throne a baby King, Mihai...

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