Everyone Is Hopping Mad in Moldova

I’m not going to bother unpacking the election results in Moldova because I doubt there’s a single person with an open mind reading this. Believe what you want.

Mercury Madness in Moldova

Maia Sandu and Andrei Nastase, who have joined forces to campaign against the ruling Democratic Party ahead of Sunday’s vote and accuse its leadership of rampant corruption, said doctors had discovered heavy metals in their blood.

The Curious Case of the Chisinau Mayoral Race

On May 20, 2018, voters in Chisinau headed to the polls for the first round of what was a very low-key and boring election. Since 2007, Chisinau has been run like a personal fiefdom by Dorin Chirtoaca, a close personal friend of former Romanian President Traian Basescu. Chirtoaca was re-elected in 2015 and should still…

Protests Continue in Moldova

Every major media outlet, including the BBC and all the major players in other languages, covered the events of yesterday (Sunday) as between 10 and 50 thousand people came out in the bitter cold to call for new elections: Chanting “We Are the People” and “We Want our Country Back” in both Romanian and Russian,…

Numai Oua

After a Romanian court felt sorry for a pitiful, confused old man and gave him a brief respite for Christmas, now twice-convicted former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase was carted off to jail two nights ago. Officially sentenced to four years, it’s doubtful he’ll serve more than 12 months due to the way the spineless justice…

Merry Christmas, Mr. Prime Minister

Yesterday night, the press was ready. Camera crews and journalists circled the property, everyone ready to spring into action when they heard the shot go off. Last summer the comically tragic long-running drama called Politics in Romania was dominated by the story of the conviction of former strongman PSD party leader and ex-Prime Minister Adrian…

Incompetence on Every Level

A few weeks ago I read a piece called The Illusion of Corruption on the blog of a Romanian who grew up in Canada but has now returned to his homeland (and as a side note, the author is a personal friend) and the more I thought about it, the more I realized what he…

Codependency

You know, I’ve been writing about tropes in Romania for a while in an effort to understand the mentality of the people in this country. Yesterday, a few unrelated events suddenly “clicked” something in my head and I had a blinding flash of insight. The first thing that happened was that I was watching the…

2 Months of Pure Chaos

I’m a little hesitant to write this piece because Victor Ponta officially took office on May 7, which means technically there are still a few days to go before he has been “leading” this country for a full two months. Let’s review. In January 2012, as part of the agreement with the IMF (my article…

The Mysterious Case of the Suicide Attempt That Wasn’t

Obviously the subject everyone is discussing today is former PM Nastase’s suicide attempt Wednesday night. There are about 10 guys building a house right next door to my apartment and every day I get “treated” to their gossip and this is certainly what they’ve been talking about all morning. The story seemed to make sense…

Dumb and Dumber

Well just when you think this lunatic charade of a modern democracy can’t get any more ridiculous, it does just that. As you know, yesterday former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase shot himself just as he was being carted off to jail to serve a two-year jail sentence (actually due to his age it’s unlikely he…

Incompetent at Everything

In every language under the sun, including in English from the good old New York Times: Mr. Nastase, who will turn 62 on Friday, had denied any wrongdoing and insisted that the case was politically motivated. He had appealed his March 30 sentence after he was convicted of illegally raising $2 million for his failed…