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 supporting dictatorships. Bedfellows Melescanu was quite busy in 2018. Here’s … Continue reading Melescanu Shits the Bed

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 of Moldova and is not influenced by the cases and … Continue reading Petras Auštrevičius Loses His Cool

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 clairvoyant, so she would close her eyes and tell each … Continue reading Interview with Diana Florina Cosmin

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 Artur Mas con Junts pel Sí y la CUP. Topor … Continue reading La nueva ‘primera dama’ de Cataluña