Whither Gara de Nord?

The local council of Bucharest’s Sector 1 voted on Friday to approve the clean-up and rejuvenation of Parcul Garii de Nord, the small park opposite the main entrance to the Romanian capital’s primary railway station. The park, behind which is the monolithic (in every sense of the word) Ministry of Transport, was created in the… Continue reading Whither Gara de Nord?

The Vulnerable City

Were an earthquake of 7.5 on the moment magnitude scale (Mw) to hit Bucharest at night, it would do so while more than 450,000 people were sleeping in buildings with a medium to high risk of sustaining serious damage or totally collapsing. At least 6500 people would die instantly, and more than 16,000 would be… Continue reading The Vulnerable City

Romania’s prime minister loses no-confidence vote

Romania’s three-person government led by Sorin Grindeanu today lost a no-confidence vote put forward by the country’s ruling PSD-ALDE coalition. For background on why the ruling parties wanted to bring down their own government, see this post from last week. In short, it is about passing legislation which will keep the leaders of the PSD… Continue reading Romania’s prime minister loses no-confidence vote

A font for Bucharest

Public Hye is an initiative that aims to clean up Bucharest’s visual public space. It has been created by exactly the kind of young, talented design studio who should have been approached by Bucharest City Council when they earlier this year decided to change the Romania’s capital’s logo. The project’s first initiative has been to… Continue reading A font for Bucharest

Why the PSD’s no-confidence vote must not pass

Romania’s embattled prime minister Sorin Grindeanu will on Wednesday face a vote of no-confidence in parliament. Installed in office at the very end of last year following the PSD’s victory in December’s general election, Grindeanu has in recent weeks fallen increasingly out of favour with the PSD’s leader Liviu Dragnea. There is some background in… Continue reading Why the PSD’s no-confidence vote must not pass

The lapdog bites back: Romania’s prime minister digs in

Clearly miffed that in recent times Britain had been outdoing it (by quite some distance) in the ridiculous politics stakes, Romania has upped its game this week and as we write (on Thursday morning) looks set for a new period of political crisis. Coincidentally, just as Theresa May’s problems in the UK are all of… Continue reading The lapdog bites back: Romania’s prime minister digs in