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A Romanian Invitation: “Want to go out for juice?”

A Romanian Invitation: “Want to go out for juice?”

It was a drizzly spring evening as Cristian David, Minister for Romanians Abroad, took shelter at Wein & Co at Schottentor, and found his way down into the cosy wine cellar, shaking off the damp. He was there to meet with a group of young Romanian professionals in Vienna connected through Facebook, calling themselves “Romanians […]

Reinventing Roma

Reinventing Roma

“When I was a child, ‘Zigeuner’ was my name, my origin and my job description,” remembered Rudolf Sarközi. The 69-year-old chairman of the Kulturverein Österreichischer Roma (Cultural Association for Austrian Roma) grew up in southern Burgenland, an area where Austria’s indigenous Roma still live. Sarközi rejects the label Zigeuner (gypsy) with its racist and stereotypical […]

Letters to the Editor: April 2013

To the Editor [Re: “They Eat Horses, Don’t They”, by Martin Ehl, TVR March, 2013] I don’t think British concern [about horsemeat] is just about cultural differences. A big issue is where the horsemeat actually came from. It is suspected that it was illegally smuggled into the food supply by the Romanian mafia, which means […]

Nicolae Ceausescu: The Last Days of a Dictator

Nicolae Ceausescu: The Last Days of a Dictator

The Last Hundred Days, Patrick McGuinness’ engrossing debut novel, observes the final months of Romania’s Communist dictatorship through the eyes of a 21-year-old Englishman. In April 1989, eager to slough off the scars of a brutal family life and start afresh, the novel’s unnamed narrator accepts a teaching post in Bucharest. He arrives in Romania […]

Book Review: Andrzej Stasiuk’s On the Road to Babadag

Book Review: Andrzej Stasiuk’s On the Road to Babadag

Journeys in a Forgotten Europe Tiszaszalka. Răşinari. Székelyföld. The places of Andrzej Stasiuk’s newly translated travel memoir On the Road to Babadag: Travels in the Other Europe are not likely to be familiar to most of his English-language readers, even those well-travelled in the region. The work, like Stasiuk himself, studiously avoids the great cities […]

EU Commission OKs funds for giant laser in Romania

EU Commission OKs funds for giant laser in Romania

The EU Commission has approved plans to build a nuclear physics research centre in Maguerle, south of Bucharest, equipped with a high-power laser and high-energy particle collider. Thirteen EU member states and forty research institutes oversaw the ground-breaking project, which is set to begin operation in 2015 and cost €356 million. Part of the larger […]

France repatriates Roma to Romania and Bulgaria

France repatriates Roma to Romania and Bulgaria

French and Romanian officials have agreed on plans to repatriate some 80 families from Roma camps on the outskirts of Paris, Lyon and Lille. It was signed 12 Sept. by both nations and also included the signature of European Affairs Minister Bernard Cazeneuve. Citing health concerns, French authorities have conducted raids of “illegal” squat camps […]

Worst drought in decades hits Central Europe

From wildfires in Bosnia and crop shortages in Moldova and Serbia, to the decreased water levels of the Danube in Bulgaria, the Balkan and Eastern European region is experiencing the effects of record heat and drought. Following a record winter, the summer’s heat has wreaked havoc on potato and corn crops, especially in Serbia and […]

Romanian PM resigns

Romanian PM resigns

Romania’s Prime Minister Emil Boc stepped down after three weeks of protests against his austerity programme. Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, the country’s former intelligence chief and an independent politician, has replaced him until parliamentary elections in November. Voter confidence in Boc fell sharply after he increased VAT to 24%, cut public sector wages by 25%, and […]

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