Bucharest Life’s predictions for 2009.
Property prices will fall through the floor. Expect a return to 2002-2003 prices for older apartments: two-bedrooms on B-dul Unirii will be yours for around €150,000 (tops) by year’s end. New developments will be abandoned, half complete, and those which do get finished will remain empty. Lots of estate agents will go bust.
The leu will also fall through the floor. 4.06 lei to the Euro? Just the beginning. If you’re holding lei, sell it now.
Arguments over the PSD’s refusal to allow Traian Basescu to run unopposed by a PSD candidate for reelection as president in November will lead to the break up of the government (if, indeed, it lasts that long). Sorin Oprescu will end up running for president in November’s election, and will make the second round, where he will be annihilated by Basescu.
Not one kilometre of new motorway will be completed and opened to the public.
Baneasa Airport will be declared ‘unfit for purpose’ and closed. Tarom will be sold or will go bust.
Unirea Urziceni will be denied the Romanian football championship by some very strange refereeing decisions. Dinamo will instead win.
Anamaria Straus (killer of a student in an infamous car accident on Sos. Kiseleff last year) will not go to prison.
Straus (that’s her, left, in the sunglasses) is simply too rich and too well connected for the law to be applied as it probably would be to others. If she does go down then maybe, just maybe, things might have taken a turn for the better in this city. We wait for justice to follow its natural course (she could be innocent!)