Oh they love a freebie, those Romanian bloggers. Send them a crate of plutonium and they’d wax lyrical about how fantastic it is, just as long as they got to keep some. The latest product to turn up on their desks is the new-to-Romania Strongbow, that awful would-be cider which no right-thinking cider drinker would… Continue reading Strongbow is not real cider. The real stuff is on the way
In a stunning new victory for Romania’s beloved prime minister Victor ‘Copy Paste’ Ponta in his neverending quest to find new ways of wasting the taxpayer’s money, we read with not a little outrage yesterday that he had handed a whopping €8.19 million to those needy people over at, ahem, Vodafone. (Yes, the same Vodafone… Continue reading Victor Ponta just gave one of the world’s richest and most profitable companies your money
Romania’s journey back to the Dark Ages is complete. It appears that while everyone was worrying about gold mines, fracking and immunity from prosecution for politicians, Romania’s delightful parliament yesterday adopted an amendment to the penal code which will once again make libel and slander criminal offences. (Note: slander and libel had been decriminalised and… Continue reading See you in court
UPDATE: We notice that they are after Mircea Badea now, too. This of course is the problem: where does it end? Will our moral guardians decide that us block-dwelling masses need to be protected from football too, and start bullying advertisers into boycotting that? — A local media blog, Pagina de Media, has launched what… Continue reading Save us from the good taste do-gooders
From The Economist’s Eastern Approaches blog: After being forced to consume only censored media during the communist regime, Romanians now live in a society where they can choose their media freely. To help them make the right choices Romania should implement media education programmes that could enable future generations to develop a critical capacity for… Continue reading ‘Media education programmes?’ Really?
Oxford University last week published reports on press freedom in a number of countries in Eastern Europe: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia. Romania does not do very well. The reports are based on a number of in-depth interviews with key local media people, and while no report of this kind… Continue reading The Romanian Press
It’s official. All costs of all things in Romania will from today be measured not in the local currency – the leu – or any other currency (euros, pounds, dollars or North Korean luncheon vouchers) but instead in kilometres of motorway. Local newspaper Gandul was the first to break the news this morning, leading on… Continue reading Romania drops the leu and adopts kilometres of motorway as new currency