The EU spends millions of Euro to make its institutions and symbols better known, recognizable – and, maybe, just maybe, a little loved, please? From information programs to organized tours, from websites to visual propaganda, no (awkward) effort was spared to instill into the European citizenry a sense of belonging and create a modicum of ···
Read the report here (RO only). On Feb 6, at 11.00, at Hilton Hotel, Bucharest, together with our special guest Andrei Plesu, we launch EFOR’s annual report analyzing the most important developments from the last year and making forecasts. In brief, the year 2013 confirmed the public’s worst expectations from 2012: it ended in a ···
Funny the whole talk in Europe these days about l’exception culturelle, that is, protecting the film industry against free competition, unless Hollywood floods us with mind-numbing stories with schematic characters giving chase and butchering each other. The irony is that the whole culture of Europe originates in precisely the ultimate bloody blockbuster: THE ILIAD
In less than two weeks of debate the Review Commission has finalized the proposed amendments to the Constitution. In terms of content the changes are substantial: the balance of powers is tilted, the Parliament gets superpowers at the expense of CCR and ICCJ; the rift between prosecutors and judges deepens and the President remains with ···
Proposta prevede Parlamento monocamerale e taglio deputati 12 giugno, 11:03 (ANSA) – BUCAREST – Il presidente romeno Traian Basescu ha annunciato di aver iniziato le procedure per l’organizzazione di un referendum di revisione costituzionale. Secondo l’intenzione di Basescu, i cittadini dovrebbero potersi esprimere su due temi principali, ossia la possibilità di abbandonare il bicameralismo per ···
The big privatizations of Ponta’s Government, Oltchim, CFR Marfa, fail (1) because of the crisis and (2) because the current government team has no vision and is not credible in front of large investors …
Докато балкански столици като Атина, Истанбул и дори София бяха окупирани на 1 май от демонстранти, протестиращи срещу мерките за икономии, букурещяни оставиха града на произвола на съдбата, бягайки като по времето на руско-турските войни: гражданите – по селата, селяните – по полетата, както би казал хроникьорът.
Passed by it many times before, but only today noticed how full of naked, gender-imbalanced symbolism is the slightly agitprop statue in front of the EU Parliament in rue Wiertz: German woman beating fallen Cypriot man (Portuguese, Italian, etc) about the head with oversized euro.
We discussed about cronyism in local government funding allocations and investments in Cluj, at the headquarters of localism, with the former chief negotiator Puscas and academics from UBB. We also spoke about Europeanism and about the determinants of corruption, which are mostly cultural and institutional. All local (remaining) media was present, and in the evening ···
In spite of what the media would let you believe, horse meat is good for you. Grinded or not. Here is a market-based solution for solving what appears to be a EU-wide problem today. By the way, have you ever tried donkey?