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The CVM was (laughably, now, looking back at it) supposed to be a temporary measure in order to get Romania up to speed in terms of tackling corruption and implementing a fair and equitable justice system.

Corporate Whores

It is completely inappropriate that in a time of major obesity problems and additional disease burdens such as type 2 diabetes, the Presidency of the Council of the EU is sponsored by Coca-Cola.

Rogozin vs. Romania

After engaging in what was probably too much research about last Friday’s weird aviation incident, I’ve come to the conclusion that just about everybody involved has either lied or been sorely mistaken about key facts, including Yours Truly. Therefore, once and for all, I want to paint a true record of what actually happened. The…

What You Can Do When You’ve Overstayed Your Visa in Romania

As you know, I’ve been answering a lot of general interest questions on Quora lately, but I also get some questions that simply can’t be answered in that forum. If you’ve come to Romania and overstayed your visa, I’m going to tell you everything I know, but you must understand two very important things. One,…

Volte-face

I wrote about it in 2012, in 2013, in 2014 and countless other times, but it’s finally good to hear that longtime expat Rupert Wolfe Murray finally gets it too: For many years I thought I knew the answer to the problems faced by the Romani Gypsies: education. If we could just make school more…

True Love and Apple Pie

Word Count: 4625 Oh my lord, am I even still alive? Well, it appears I’m still breathing, which is a good thing :) A couple of weeks ago, a man named Bill Backer finally died, leading to a lot of sympathetic news coverage. I’ve made my sentiments on advertising men well-known over the years but…

Petras Auštrevičius Loses His Cool

You know, in the diplomatic world, you’re always supposed to discuss even the most contentious issues with poise and equanimity. But earlier this week, special rapporteur to the Republic of Moldova, one Lithuanian politician named Petras Austrevicius, couldn’t control himself. The European official hinted in this context that Brussels monitors the situation from the Republic…

Dark Comedy Continues in Moldova

I never expected Deutsche Welle (German state media) and their Romanian-language edition to provide such insightful analysis on the situation in Moldova but they’ve continued to surprise me in recent days. My translation: The impression is that Moldova’s foreign friends have, over the past three years, agreed to “sacrifice” democracy for a while in favor…

Romanian Parliament Engages in Epic Stupidity

When I first read this, I honestly thought it was a gag (comedy) article: Romania will also celebrate Men’s Day starting this year. The Chamber of Deputies voted on Wednesday a bill which declares March 8 as the official Women’s Day, and November 19 as the Men’s Day in Romania. The law was adopted with…

Pavel Filip Blowing Smoke Up Everybody’s Ass

No, I am not indulging in my usual hyperbole. Today’s analysis comes from Deutsche Welle (link in Romanian), German state media. On Tuesday, RM Prime Minister Filip “Mr. Midnight” Pavel gave a press conference saying that Moldova is 63% on track in terms of specific requirements that the Association Agreement requires for RM and that…

The 2016 MCV Report

Word Count: 1883 After writing two exhaustive inquiries into the workings of the DNA, I was highly eager to read the MCV reports published on January 27, 2016 for Romania. Yes, they’re filled with dense technical terms and legalistic writing but hey, that’s what gets me excited. I’d already read media stories that the MCV…

Rut Roh

I was enjoying a quiet Saturday morning when the Unsleeping Eye brought me this rather dry announcement (in Romanian). Say what? My translation: Along with potential price hikes in the cost of food as the result of a 2 lei per kilogram packaging tax, Romania could face sanctions [by the EU] as a result of…