The Romanian Local Elections 2016

I’m sure that many people will find the following somewhat dry and boring, but since I didn’t find any substantive information anywhere in English on the subject, I thought it would be worthwhile to document all of this for future reference. Local elections were held on June 5, 2016 and it took until now to…

Every Man for Himself, and May the Devil Take the Hindmost

Word Count: 729 Every time a Moldovan tells me how great it would be if the unirea (political union with Romania) would happen, I always ask them the same question. “Why in the world would you want those fucking crooks in charge of your life?” In Romania, just a week after siccing the dirtbag police…

Government cheese

I still have no idea what the Szeklers mean when they want autonomy but, as I said in my article, the biggest problem in Romania is that literally everything is decided in Bucharest. A case in point – yesterday President Basescu signed into law a bill that will increase the salaries of mayors, deputy mayors…

A Profusion of Politicians

If you want to know why there are so many stupid and corrupt politicians in Romania, the first thing you have to understand is that there are a lot of politicians. Romania has a surplus of judete (counties), each of which has its own prefect (governor) and legislative council. Other countries in Europe which are…

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…