How A Few Bankers Fucked Romania

The other day, my wife and I watched The Big Short about the collapse of the American economy in 2007-2008 (known in Romanian as the criza financiara). She was having trouble following the plot, and so she fell asleep. I’d already read the book (it’s fantastic) and so I managed to stay awake. But afterwards,…

Romania Offers Bribe to RM

You’ll have to have a subscription to the FT to read this story, but the opening sentence is a doozy: Pavel Filip, Moldova’s new prime minister, took office last week in a manner more befitting a dictator on his last legs than the leader of the EU’s one-time success story in Eastern Europe. Ouch! The…

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…

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

Holy moley guacamole! Somehow the website HotNews.ro got ahold of some new Wikileaks documents concerning Romania and there are some doozies in there. First, however, a note of caution. I’ve searched through all of the public databases on released Wikileaks documents and not seen any of the ones mentioned by HotNews. I’ve also searched through…