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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.

10 Years of Fail

Well, the new Romanian government has been in power for just a week and has already made me laugh. This morning, I saw Justice Minister Florin Iordache confidently declare that 2017 was going to be Romania’s year – finally! – to graduate from the MCV program and become an adult member of the European Union….

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…

Investigating the DNA, Part 2

Word Count: 3711 After wrapping up my initial article on the subject yesterday, I continued to do some research. I was curious whether or not there was another way to investigate the DNA’s activities using statistics in an effort to penetrate the extremely mysterious way in which they achieve so many convictions. I started digging…

A commercial enterprise of the people, by the people and for the people

I often complain about a real lack of transparency in Romania but there is one notable exemption – the activities of the parliament are duly noted and rapidly updated on its website. Likewise, although there’s no American-style CSPAN with a live feed of the parliament floor, the media (and public) are allowed to witness the…

The Franchise

Many moons ago when the grass was greener and the waters were sweet, I briefly worked at an American fast food restaurant called Wendy’s. It’s essentially identical to McDonald’s, selling hamburgers and chicken sandwiches, French fries and carbonated sugar drinks (soda). While it’s often derided as work that’s just flipping burgers, I actually never “graduated”…