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
Over the years, I’ve documented a deep-seated fear and loathing for Russia amongst Romanians, and I really want to know why. Setting aside, momentarily, reactions to the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin since 2000, I wanted to know if there is any factual basis for all this enmity. Therefore, I decided to go through the last 500 years of history and see what I … Continue reading Why Do Romanians Hate and Fear Russia?
The other day, I was talking to a friend of mine from Romania who recently visited the United States. Beyond all the pleasantries, I was shocked when my friend casually dropped a key piece of information that led me to scramble to my computer and start doing research. An hour or so later, I turned my gaze away from the computer and laughed. With Friends … Continue reading A Slight Sting
I’m always looking out for interesting blogs from visitors who come to Romania. If you understand French, I highly recommend this one, written by a young woman from France who decided to spend 9 months in Romania instead of spending her “gap year” backpacking around Europe. She lives near Sibiu and seems like a really nice person: “Ma mission est orientée sur les relations interculturelles … Continue reading 9 Mois en Roumanie