Adventures in Legitimacy

The other day, an attractive young woman in a dress and heels handed me an envelope. When I looked inside, I saw it was stuffed full of euros and (Moldovan) lei. What’s this? Am I being paid by Russian gangsters, the CIA, or some other nefarious group? Nah. The truth is that I now have…

A Slight Sting

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…

A Secret Deal for Ukrainians to Enter Romania

I was trolling through Ukrainian media this morning when I found this. It’s a rather bland news report similar to this one in English: President Klaus Iohannis met on Saturday with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko on the sidelines of the International Munich Security Conference, reiterating on the occasion the support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence…

Permanent Sadface

Once again, Romania has been promised one thing and then delivered another by the American government: U.S. Ambassador to Romania Hans Klemm on Monday said he was not very optimistic about Romania’s chances to join the United States’ Visa Waiver Program in 2016. Yep. I’ve been chronicling this drama for years. Indeed, here’s the same…

U.S. Continues to Provoke Russia

With all the recent build-up of hostilities, the United States keeps ramping up the stakes: Moscow in recent days has talked about its effort to modernize its strategic missile forces, including bringing five new regiments online this year. Those efforts have worried American officials in the U.S. and Europe, who have repeatedly criticized what they…