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Expert in Public Administration Reform and Development; consultant with the European Commission, Council of Europe, World Bank, UNDP on Eastern Europe and the Balkans; former civil society representative in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC, on Transport-Energy and Environment); associate lecturer at Maastricht School of Management (MSM) and Babeş-Bolyai University (Cluj). Frequent guest in current affairs news programs on TV and radio; blogger. Graduate of the Bucharest Polytechnic School (IPB); Bucharest University (UB); Central European University (CEU); PhD in Political Science, Fulbright fellow at Georgetown University, Washington DC.

Key messages in the conference Eastern Europe-Taiwan

Key messages in the conference held on June 23rd 2021 True to their agenda of democracy building, EFOR and its main partner, the Black Sea Trust (BST, a program of the GMF-US), organized a conference to explore how this potential for cooperation between Taiwan and the Black Sea countries could materialize. Here are some key ···

In Brief on 9DASHLINE

EFOR meddles in East Asia, in the proverbial China shop: what we as East-Europeans should do in the growing crisis related to Communist China’s presence in Europe, and how it would help a lot if we were more pragmatic and thought outside the box. Thank you 9DASHLINE

Conference: Eastern Europe and the Republic of China (Taiwan)

June 23 rd 2021, 11:00 CET (17:00 in Taipei; 12:00 in Bucharest) The potential for cooperation between the Eastern Europe/Black Sea countries and the Republic of China (Taiwan) is underexploited and the country’s visibility in our region is low. This is unfortunate because we share important values, like democratic pluralism and the freedom of speech. ···

The Chinese in the Black Sea Countries

In the last three decades a small Chinese diaspora has emerged in Romania and other countries of Eastern Europe. Who are these people? Amy Liu, a Taiwanese-American from the University of Texas, explains here. Read full text of Pol Brief 121

Falling into History

Beijing celebrates next month 100 years of Chinese-style communism. The triumphalism and intensity of propaganda are unprecedented, but the problem is that China’s international prestige has diminished seriously, especially in Europe. EFOR’s report summarizes the situation and advances a few priorities for redefining the relation between the New Member States and the People’s Republic of ···

Boycott Olimpics

It is not the boycotting of the 2022 Beijing Olympics that would represent “a politicization of sport and the Olympic ideal”, but precisely the manner in which dictatorships instrumentalize the sport events for their propaganda purposes.

Orientalism 2.0

Europe’s Vulnerability to Chinese Propaganda is Homegrown A new form of Orientalism makes the West susceptible to propaganda narratives from China that ultimately aren’t even primarily intended for them. That Western societies are under pressure from Chinese propaganda is no news at all. What is less frequently appreciated is that our susceptibility to it stems ···

For the first time in history, people die under the EU flag

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 ···