Is Britain on the verge of another mass-migration, as with the Poles? Behind the rhetoric on Romanians and Bulgarians set to flood the country, sucking up jobs and benefits, the actual expected impact of the lifted restrictions has gone unspoken.
Romania is a country of attraction and danger for the British. Today it's contaminated slaughterhouses and the threat of a new influx of immigrants. But this discourse plays into a historical narrative that can be traced to the Nineteenth Century, Count Dracula and further back into the mists of time.
Collusion between the press and politicians
is not confined to western Europe. Central and Eastern European countries are
also plagued by their own mini-Murdochs – and in these more fragile democracies,
they represent an even bigger threat.
A motley alliance of socialists,
liberals and conservatives won the 9 December Romanian parliamentary elections.
What they clearly share is profound dislike for the country's once-powerful
president, Traian Basescu, whose five-year mandate continues into 2014. What is
less obvious is how they will govern the country.
While the Paralympics are meant to be a worldwide celebration of inclusion and tolerance, the fate of the Romanian team only highlights the country's poor record when it comes to disability and fighting discrimination.
In Romania, a ruling by the Constitutional Court may finally bring an end to the preposterous political soap opera that has held the country's institutional life hostage for a decade. But Romania's corrupt past still stands in the way of aspirations for a brighter future.
With HIV now the
leading cause of death and disease among women of reproductive age worldwide,
Anca Nitulescu asks whether the AIDS 2012 conference will finally address the
links between HIV and gender based violence
In what is seen as a response to Chinese moves in South Asia, India embarks on joint oil and gas exploration with Vietnam in South China Sea. After last week's Kabul attacks, US sharpens tone with Pakistan. Romania joins European missile-defence shield, while Beijing criticizes Washington over a $5.3 billion arms sale to Taiwan. All this in today's security briefing...
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