Geamana was once a picturesque village in the Carpathian Mountains. Today, the village has almost entirely been engulfed in toxic copper waste laced with cyanide and other chemicals from the nearby Rosia Poieni copper mining pit.
In the run-up to the next presidential elections in a country where politics has, for so long, been riddled with nepotism, corruption and a lack of sense of civic duty - you have to ask, is anything going to change?
After a while, we begin to feel that the stream of love embraces many
people in this community - there is so much greeting and laughing, confiding
and story-telling, and dancing, including a wonderful account of waltzing into fifty years of marriage. Film review.
The active suppression of debate about mass surveillance, SIM card registration and data retention by Romanian politicians reveals a twisted sense of priorities and little respect for the rights and demands of citizens.
The current wave of protests in Bosnia may represent the birth of true activist citizenship. These movements discover new forms of collective organisation and explore the most fundamental questions for any society, namely social justice and equality for all. What happens in Bosnia will not stay in Bosnia.
has made vital steps in developing its institutional capabilities to deal with corruption. The way that such institutions have been strengthened
raises important questions about the nature of its democratic governance.
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.
This 21 December, around 4,000 people took to the streets of Bucharest to commemorate the 1989 revolution. Protesters were in the streets out of a sense of responsibility for those who died in 1989 to establish a democratic system in Romania. That mission is not yet accomplished.
In Romania traditional livelihoods and rare animal species are about to give way to a bizarre, private project to introduce American buffalo. It's part of a rural exodus, and EU law will make future land grabs even easier.
After more than a decade, the fight to save Rosia Montana has entered its final phase. It would be an incredible lack of responsibility if the government and parliament went forward with the mining project.
A new law going through the Romanian parliament allowing a Canadian mining company to forcefully expropriate the homes of citizens in order to construct Europe's biggest gold mine is inspiring some of the country's most significant protests since the fall of communism.
Romanian media is in a sad state, with
newspapers losing stamina by the day and television channels shamelessly
blasting the political messages favored by their owners. Independent journalism
still exists, but can it reach beyond the more educated and resourceful?
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.