It appears that Romania's witches are facing tough times. After authorities began to tax the ancient profession last month, witches now face the additional threat of legislation which would make incorrect predictions and incantations punishable by government fines. In a deliciously ironic sidenote, officials shouldn't presumably be able to pass the legislation allowing for the fining regime after witches cursed them (literally) in the wake of the tax battle. However, it has already passed the Senate, and will go into force if it can get through a committee and Romania's other house of parliament.
Though some may find the situation humorous, it is worth noting that many believe that the crackdown is occurring due to the precarious financial position the state finds itself in which has made each and every potential source of income dear. While some may question why the witch-dom of Romania didn't see this coming and do something about it earlier, they are certainly trenched in and ready for battle now. "I will fight until my last breath for this not to be passed," Queen Witch Bratara Buzea told The Associated Press by telephone. Indeed.