This whole immigration row is a needless distraction

So now it’s a full scale diplomatic row. Romania and the UK are at loggerheads over London’s perceived anti-Romanian (and Bulgarian) stance on immigration. As of January 1st next year Romanians and Bulgarians will have the same right to seek employment in the UK as currently enjoyed by all other European Union citizens. The UK… Continue reading This whole immigration row is a needless distraction

It’s time for real change in Bucharest

How lucky we are to live in the People’s Republic of Sector 3. After a quiet autumn so far our enlightened mayor Robert Negoita (one of just three of the seven Bucharest mayors not to have been arrested*) this week recommenced work on one of the most important infrastructure projects the city has seen for decades. Yep,… Continue reading It’s time for real change in Bucharest

Nasty foreigners to blame

Remember the second half of 2013? When the lunatic fringes of the British press (the Daily Mail and Daily Express in particular) were whipping up a panic over the imminent arrival of zillions of Romanians and Bulgarians on January 1st 2014? It was all tosh of course (the numbers of those who arrived were minimal),… Continue reading Nasty foreigners to blame

On tolerance and hypocrisy

We think that we’ve made it clear over the past few months what we think of Ukip, the UK’s political party du jour which took the highest share of the vote in the recent European parliamentary elections. We also think that we have made it clear over the years exactly where we stand in the… Continue reading On tolerance and hypocrisy

Thousands of foreigners are taking our jobs!

No, not a headline from the Daily Mail, but from today’s Romanian tabloid Adevarul: Romanii fug, strainii vin cu miile. The original report was actually published yesterday on a website called (don’t laugh) wall-street.ro. You can read it (in Romanian) here. What we like best about the article is that while the headline speaks of… Continue reading Thousands of foreigners are taking our jobs!