After the Romanian government cut pensions by 15% and wages by 25%, hundreds of protesters attempted to storm parliament.
They needn't have bothered. In an nearly unprecedented ruling, the Romanian Supreme Court threw out the pension cuts.
the Constitutional Court said the pension cut was unconstitutional, a ruling which cannot be appealed.
Romania wants to cut spending to qualify for a $20bn loan from the International Monetary Fund.
Now Romania is trying to convince the IMF to bail them out anyway. There is no guarantee that the IMF will be convinced.