It All Seems Just Like Yesterday

I’m not quite sure where I found this picture, but it’s stuck with me for the past few weeks. At first, it seems rather simple, but it reminds me of a lot of Romania’s recent history. Here’s the picture: There are several things to unpack here: The man in the photo is Nicolae Guta, a…

Down By Law

WORD COUNT: 2809 Oh my. You know, it’s relatively easy for me to sit here at my keyboard and remotely dissect all of the overwhelming number of serious problems with the Romanian justice system. But it’s quite another thing to hear about it from a true insider, in this case, Raluca Pruna, the “technocrat” Justice…

Un rien pervers, un rien nunuches

Wow. I’m a huge fan of the arts but there’s something surreal about seeing one of the most significant moments in recent history turned into a plot line for a show. If you understand French, you can read this interview about a new theater production entitled “Un jour, un destin” (A day, a destiny) all…

A Hated Oligarch is Romania’s Last Hope

Moldova is rapidly heading towards the precipice: Moldova’s president on Wednesday rejected a proposal to nominate an influential politician and businessman to become the next prime minister, saying there were doubts about his integrity. But President Nicolae Timofti said there were reasonable suspicions about Plahotniuc’s integrity and said he would not nominate him for the…