Category Archives: Public Affairs

Romanian Penal Code Gets Penalized in Parliament

The Romanian Parliament has always been one of the most prolific national institutions. Some 588 MPs in a country of no more than 19.5 million people have provided us with valuable Penal Code amendments right before Christmas. Why would anyone … Continue reading

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What PISA 2012 Results Teach Romania About Education

On December 3, 2013, OECD released the PISA 2012 results for 65 participating countries and more than 510,000 students (15-year-olds) tested in reading, mathematics and science. Romania barely ranked 45 out of 65 countries with Shanghai-China leading the top of … Continue reading

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How Corrupt Is Your Country? Corruption Perceptions Index 2013

Some months ago I had written a post about corruption based on some national survey. The results showed that Romania’s perception of corruption is evident; however, most often than not Romanians shy away from pointing it in their everyday life … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Become a Proud Romanian

Ahead of national celebrations held on 1 December, Romanian news websites or agencies are incessantly promoting an invitation to consumerism. Practically, Romanians are told they might prove their love for their country by buying Romanian products, thus contributing to investments, … Continue reading

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World Toilet Day: Romania Ranks First in EU

World Toilet Day: 2.5 billion people don’t have access to basic toilets #toilets4all #water4all pic.twitter.com/n3i23Jp4Gz — UNECE (@UN_ECE) November 19, 2013 I just found out that on 19 November we are celebrating World Toilet Day. First, I found it too … Continue reading

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Markets Don’t Engage Anymore

There are worlds and worlds: the pre-economic crisis and the post-crisis. I am not sure Romanians are in the post-crisis, practically we’re in the midst. What I find disturbing about the social consequences of the economic recession is that people … Continue reading

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Live in Cluj-Napoca: Rosia Montana Street Protest, 10 Nov 2013

Anti-Gabriel Resources protest in Cluj-Napoca, 10 November 2013 Related posts: Romania Is No Eldorado. Protests Manage To Upstage Gold Mine Plans

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Fly High at Cluj-Napoca Airport!

It happened somewhere in spring more than three years ago. I was at the airport in Cluj-Napoca ready for my take-off to Madrid. I was anxious because it was the first time I was using this airport and felt a … Continue reading

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Romania To Buy A Private Jet. Any Offers?

For 3-4 weeks thousands of people protested heavily against the Government’s intention to go ahead with the gold mining draft law at Rosia Montana. Because the ruling majority is not sure they are really against it after all… Some weekends … Continue reading

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Of Dogs and Men. Bucharest Under Siege

How do you manage to terrorize a city capital like Bucharest? No, not with protests. With dogs without owners. A child was attacked by dogs in Bucharest, killed in a central park and practically eaten to the bones some days … Continue reading

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