Today in Romania: 10/01/17

Dan Voiculescu, the former Romanian senator and owner of the Intact Media Group (which controls the Antena TV stations) was denied early release from prison today. Voiculescu is serving a 10 year sentence for corruption, and had hoped that he would be granted time off in lieu of the vast number of books he has… Continue reading Today in Romania: 10/01/17

Why are Bucharest’s schools closed?

You may have heard the phrase ‘pe vremea mea’ used a lot over the past few days. It means ‘in my day’ and has been employed by various commentators far from happy at the fact that Bucharest’s schools are closed all of this week due to bad weather (snow and extreme cold). Now, don’t get… Continue reading Why are Bucharest’s schools closed?

Today in Romania: 09/01/17

Temperatures in Bucharest reached lows of -16°C early on Monday morning, with even colder weather set for Monday night/Tuesday morning. Lows of -29°C are expected in some parts of Romania, with temperatures in the capital slipping below -20°C. Much of the country is subject to an amber weather alert, which will remain in place until… Continue reading Today in Romania: 09/01/17

Cold, Snow, Schools, Buses, Roads & Pavements. And Vaslui

The PSD is well and truly back in office. On Friday it issued a directive which obliterated perhaps the most important educational reform of the past twelve months. Under the government of Dacian Ciolos the heads of all Romania’s schools (many of whom had been appointed for political reasons) had been required to reapply for… Continue reading Cold, Snow, Schools, Buses, Roads & Pavements. And Vaslui

The Year in Bucharest Life

Stars of stage, screen and boxing ring may have died off at an alarming rate throughout 2016, but a Romanian law which came into effect in March will see millions live longer, healthier lives: smoking was finally banned in all indoor public spaces. The ban has made Romania a nicer place: cafes and restaurants are… Continue reading The Year in Bucharest Life