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About Marcu Niculescu

Marcu Niculescu is a Romanian-born PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Maastricht. He has developed a strong research interest in social movements, with a particular focus on digital activism.

Articles by Marcu Niculescu

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Can Bulgaria achieve its Balkan ambitions?

Bulgaria’s new role as president of the Council of the EU has started with a bang – quite literally.

Montenegro: something had to give

The resignation of Milo Djukanovic, who has ruled Montenegro since 1991, is the logical end result of a political establishment whose contradictions could no longer hold the country together.

Italy’s Mafia finds blood money in unexpected places

The fact that Mafia groups have been handed construction contracts in places like Amatrice - recently destroyed by an earthquake - shows just how far successive governments' anti-Mafia rhetoric is from reality.

ISIS, identity and the destruction of antiquities

Confronted with the suffering of Syrian refugees, mourning world heritage seems academic at best. But Islamic State must not succeed in its cultural cleansing.

For African dictators, terrorism has its up-sides

In the name of 'fighting terror', African strongmen are strengthening their hold on power.

Greece and the financial politics of football

Owning a football club has increasingly become a means of securing political influence in many European countries. The recent Koriopolis scandal in Greece is just one example of this.

What Romania can teach the western world

Unlike France, Italy or the Netherlands, the crisis of Romania’s elites has not led to a rise in xenophobic politics but to a digital revolution that challenges traditional assumptions about democratic change. Euro elections landscape, 2014.

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