How A Few Bankers Fucked Romania

The other day, my wife and I watched The Big Short about the collapse of the American economy in 2007-2008 (known in Romanian as the criza financiara). She was having trouble following the plot, and so she fell asleep. I’d already read the book (it’s fantastic) and so I managed to stay awake. But afterwards, it got me to thinking. I doubt very few Romanians … Continue reading How A Few Bankers Fucked Romania

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Romania’s interim prime minister: ‘Expectations are high’ – The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/romanias-interim-prime-minister-expectations-are-high/2016/05/26/17199042-22a7-11e6-8690-f14ca9de2972_story.html Continue reading Romania’s interim prime minister: ‘Expectations are high’ – The Washington Post

The Fail Whale Checklist

Word Count: 1984 For years, I’ve been writing about the numerous failings great and small of government agencies and political leaders in Romania. Certainly no country is perfect and some mistakes and missteps are to be expected. But the subject of this article encapsulates exactly what is wrong with the country and why no amount of “progress” and European Union money will ever do more … Continue reading The Fail Whale Checklist

Everyone Agrees the IMF is Swell

I must say that it’s really been an interesting week for Moldova. No, I’m not just talking about all the protests but what all the players behind the current political crisis have been saying. Scattered across dozens of articles, you don’t see the pattern. It’s only when you stitch them together that you see what’s going on. Yesterday, Jose Manuel Borroso, the former president of … Continue reading Everyone Agrees the IMF is Swell