The Romanian meaning of the word ‘communist’

Had this delightful exchange on Twitter at the weekend with somebody (who may or not be real) called Dana Sultanescu: @bucharestlife @TurpMax Why bring up politics? My q comes from having lived my chilhood under communism. Your use of the word is insulting — Dana Sultanescu (@DanaSultanescu) October 25, 2014 It all came in response… Continue reading The Romanian meaning of the word ‘communist’

Victor Ponta will not be Romania’s next president

In the good old days of the Socialist Republic of Romania, president Nicolae Ceausescu would regularly feed his cult of personality by holding enormous, meticulously prepared rallies in football stadiums. Workers would be brought in from all over the country to cheer and applaud on cue, usually in exchange for extra rations. Based on the… Continue reading Victor Ponta will not be Romania’s next president

Let’s get political

It’s been far, far too long since we had a proper look at the mad, bad world of Romanian politics, so much so that we have even had people sending us emails demanding to find out what we think about the upcoming presidential election. So, with the long Romanian summer now over, and finding ourselves… Continue reading Let’s get political

Romania’s Berlusconi

It was impossible to watch Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi being hit in the face by a model of Milan Cathedral at the weekend without thinking that it is surely only a matter of time before somebody throws something similarly sharp at Romania’s newly re-elected president, Traian Basescu. For the two men are remarkably similar.… Continue reading Romania’s Berlusconi