Adrian Mutu Gets Married Yet Again

The soccer (football) player who was once the Great White Hope of Romania managed to get married for the third time in his life. Mutu recently published photos taken in the Cuban resort of Varadero, where he apparently signed the marriage documents alongside his partner. It appears the two are alone, although Mutu said in an Instagram post that they were surrounded by friends. Mutu … Continue reading Adrian Mutu Gets Married Yet Again

Rosia Montana Stymied Yet Again

It’s perfectly fine to use cyanide to mine gold in Romania, just as long as you don’t do it anywhere near Rosia Montana: “Rosia Montana village has been designated a place of historic site of national interest which has a radius of two kilometres [just over a mile],” said Adrian Balteanu, the Romanian culture ministry’s adviser on cultural heritage. “At such a site, all mining … Continue reading Rosia Montana Stymied Yet Again

Numai Oua

After a Romanian court felt sorry for a pitiful, confused old man and gave him a brief respite for Christmas, now twice-convicted former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase was carted off to jail two nights ago. Officially sentenced to four years, it’s doubtful he’ll serve more than 12 months due to the way the spineless justice system in Romania works. Nonetheless, all of the local press … Continue reading Numai Oua

Merry Christmas, Mr. Prime Minister

Yesterday night, the press was ready. Camera crews and journalists circled the property, everyone ready to spring into action when they heard the shot go off. Last summer the comically tragic long-running drama called Politics in Romania was dominated by the story of the conviction of former strongman PSD party leader and ex-Prime Minister Adrian Nastase. Bam, they got him! A win for the good … Continue reading Merry Christmas, Mr. Prime Minister

2 Months of Pure Chaos

I’m a little hesitant to write this piece because Victor Ponta officially took office on May 7, which means technically there are still a few days to go before he has been “leading” this country for a full two months. Let’s review. In January 2012, as part of the agreement with the IMF (my article on this here) to further destroy Romania’s healthcare system, then-Prime … Continue reading 2 Months of Pure Chaos