The Party of Socialists of Republic of Moldova (PSRM) organised on November 18th a national rally in the city centre of Chișinău. The main goal of the meeting, according to socialists, was protesting against the current government “that moves Moldova in the wrong direction.” Seems like old times Several representative populist slogans used in the past by the soviets reverberated during the rally. The most popular ones were “turning the power in the hands of masses”, “we will begin the Moldova’s liberation” and “there is still hope.” The PSRM supporters got together and, just like in other mass gatherings organised by the party, were transported to Chișinău free of charge with special designated buses. Moreover, some people were noticed by our reporters while distributing banknotes of 100 Lei (the Moldova’s national currency). In the main square, the place where protesters gathered, an atmosphere of sadness … [Read more...] about The Great Union then and now: how does the Romanian nation celebrate 100 years from the unification?
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Ioana (left) and Madalina (right), two of Romania’s ‘children left behind’ Photo: Lina Vdovii When Madalina Oprisan was 13, her mother left their home in Romania to work as a cleaner in Israel. They have seen each other just four times in the 13 years since then. Madalina and her younger sister Ioana moved in with different aunts in their home town of Bacau. Madalina was timid, a mediocre pupil seen as having no chance of getting to university. She had a troubled family history – a father who rejected her and a stepfather who was violent. Madalina and her sister had all the traits to be central characters in one of the many heartbreaking media reports on “abandoned children”, those left behind by parents who quit Romania and other eastern European countries to work abroad in richer nations. Often, these stories in Romanian and foreign media have highlighted extreme cases, in which children turn to violence or even suicide. But after her mother … [Read more...] about Romania’s Resilient Generation: The Kids ‘Left Behind’ Who Get Ahead
eMag, the biggest online retailer in Romania, ended last year with a turnover of RON 4.06 billion, up 30 percent compared to 2016. The turnover in Romania was RON 2.58 billion and registered profit, not losses, albeit “marginal”, according to Iulian Stanciu, CEO. The company invested EUR 63 million last year in four main directions in order to support rapid development as a regional ecommerce hub: employees (EUR 2 million), logistics (EUR 10 million), technology (EUR 27 million) and international development (EUR 24 million). In 2018, eMAG is investing over EUR 120 million euros, including in the new logistics center. Turnover in Romania increased by 28% compared to the previous year, to RON 2.58 billion lei, while the number of customers in the four countries where eMag sales had increased to 7.57 million. Traffic and volumes have also grown steadily, both on desktop and mobile, where the eMAG application has reached a record number of more than 1.1 million installations. … [Read more...] about eMag to invest EUR 120 million this year, including in a new logistics center
Bucharestallegations of government corruption and working to rebound from layers of grim history, the present-day capital remains a bit rough around the edges, but offers a rich ethnic culture, a resurgent arts and crafts scene, beautiful parks and a booming night life. Friday 1) 4 p.m. A dictator’s digs Book in advance for a tour in English at the opulent Ceausescu Mansion, also known as the Spring Palace, which opened as a museum in 2016. A guide walks visitors through the villa where the head of state, Nicolae Ceausescu, and his wife, Elena, lived in relative luxury from 1965 until 2) 6 p.m. A taste of Romania Catapult back into this century with a drink and an appetizer at Paine si Vin, a casual, but sophisticated, outpost emphasizing natural ingredients from regional butchers and farmers. The wood-fired flatbread with toppings like blue cheese and mushrooms (32 lei), or salami and eggplant (28 lei) make a nice snack with a glass of Romanian Alira rosé (17 lei). … [Read more...] about 36 Hours in Bucharest
When police surrounded his home on a crisp January morning, Petrica Manolachi knew it was all over. The 29-year-old handyman had been in hiding for the past six years, unable to face returning to prison for a robbery he did not commit. But now officers were entering his home in the northeastern Romanian city of Iasi, pushing away his girlfriend and crying baby, slapping on handcuffs. “I just couldn’t believe you could be arrested for something you didn’t do,” recalled Manolachi, now 39. “It was like in the movies when someone is fighting justice.” That day in the winter of 2010 was the nadir of a struggle that Manolachi says stole his best years — and continues to consume him as he battles for compensation in a country with the worst record for unfair trials in the European Union. Romania outdoes all 27 other EU member states when it comes to violations of the right to a fair trial and other lapses of due judicial process, as determined by the … [Read more...] about Truth and Justice: Romania’s Wrongly Accused
The state aid programme for film production in Romania was a success, with tens of national and international productions requesting funding from the scheme, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila told her cabinet on Thursday. “The funding for 31 projects, worth 120 million lei (28 million U.S. dollars), has already been approved,” she said, adding that as many as 70 national and international cinematographic productions requested funding so far. “We expect an increase in the number of projects, taking into account that Romania is participating, for the first time in the Cinema Fair organised in Cannes during the film festival, with the government offer to support cinema production,” said the prime minister. The Romanian government decided last June to grant state aid to the cinematography so as to support the film industry and promote the image of the country. According to the government, the aid scheme is multi-annual and will run until the end of 2020, with an annual … [Read more...] about State aid for film production in Romania a success: PM