Nuland Still Scheming

I was perusing through the Moldovan news when I found a strange throw-away blurb in the middle of an article (in Romanian) about something else. Back on January 6, the new Moldovan Ambassador to Germany was presenting his credentials when, out of the blue, the German president asked the new ambassador what the procedure was…

A Hated Oligarch is Romania’s Last Hope

Moldova is rapidly heading towards the precipice: Moldova’s president on Wednesday rejected a proposal to nominate an influential politician and businessman to become the next prime minister, saying there were doubts about his integrity. But President Nicolae Timofti said there were reasonable suspicions about Plahotniuc’s integrity and said he would not nominate him for the…

Klaus Kanzels on Kishinev

Word Count: 1765 Hey kids, does anybody remember those Moldovan parliamentary elections that were held on November 30, 2014? Whatever happened to that? Not much, to be honest. The voting took place, with an astonishingly high number of irregularities, but because the net result was favorable to the United States and the EU, it was…

The Moldovan Parliamentary Elections Extravaganza Post

Tomorrow, the citizens of my new home country, the Republic of Moldova, will head to the polls to elect a new parliament. The official campaigning is now over but my goodness, what a wild ride it has been! The Situation As It Now Stands The last parliamentary elections were held in 2009. There are 101…

Wunderbar!

Well it isn’t completely official but the results are clear – Victor Ponta was not elected yesterday as Romania’s new president. Normally, of course, people report the winner and would say Iohannis Klaus won the election and will soon become Romania’s fifth post-Revolution president. But this was not an election about Herr Klaus. The voting…

The Moron vs. The Manager

Sadly, it looks like everything I predicted in my post Hail to the Thief is coming true. After last Sunday’s elections, Victor Ponta received 40.44% of the vote and Iohannis Klaus 30.37%, meaning the two men will face off in a run-off election next week. I pretty much learned everything I needed to know about…

Hail to the Thief

It’s a bittersweet time for me. Today, Romanians go to the polls to elect their new president. Ten years ago, I was a new immigrant to Romania. I barely understood the language and my ancient television could only receive one channel over the air. I remember watching a bald man with a Dutch uncle squint,…