Melescanu Shits the Bed

Today, all of the local news stations are buzzing over the latest catastrophe from Romania’s foreign minister, Teodor Melescanu, in which he was caught red-handed in a BBC interview defending corruption: Ouch! Of course, it must be remembered that Melescanu is quite literally an old Communist dinosaur (link in Romanian) with a troubling history of…

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…

The Book of Awesome

If you live in Ireland, you probably know who Diana Bunici is. If not, she’s a young woman from Moldova who emigrated to Ireland and became a popular host of a TV show for kids called “Elev8” (Elevate). In spring of 2015, she got a job for the Irish TV channel, working from London. Now,…

Interview with Diana Florina Cosmin

In case you’ve never heard of her, Diana Cosmin is the editor of the Romanian edition of Forbes magazine. Click here for an interview (in English) with her, as Diana enumerates 25 reasons why she’s so amazing and awesome. I remember interviewing a master-perfumer from Japan, 5 years ago, for Forbes. She was also a…

La nueva ‘primera dama’ de Cataluña

Catalunya (the region of Spain encompassing Barcelona) just invested its new government yesterday. The wife of the new Catalan leader is Marcela Topor, who is Romanian: Topor, que comparte profesión con su marido, se ha convertido hoy en primera dama, al Puigdemont ser investido presidente de la Generalitat tras alcanzar un acuerdo de última hora…

NCN Interview

Well a couple weeks back I was interviewed on a local TV station here in Cluj called NCN. The good news is that I finally got my hands on the footage and now you can see it here below. Warning: it is entirely in Romanian. Enjoy! You know, I’ve been interviewed quite a few times…

Alpha TV Cluj Interview

It seems like it was years ago because I’ve been so busy, but the following is the complete interview from Alpha TV (local channel here in Unicorn City) from way back on June 2 of this year. They kindly gave me a DVD of the show shortly after we filmed it but alas, it took…