‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to do your taxes’

Every household in Romania is to get its very own tax consultant, provided for free by the Romanian state. Liviu Dragnea, leader of the ruling PSD, announced yesterday that the government intends to hire no fewer that 35,000 of these tax consultants, paying them a more than healthy monthly wage of 10,000 lei (around €2200),… Continue reading ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to do your taxes’

Bucharest will be Gabriela Firea’s political grave

A number of historic buildings on Calea Victoriei – Bucharest’s most famous street – have been defaced this week, their ground floor exteriors painted in a number of colours. As we write, four buildings have been reported sullied. The city council has pleaded ignorance, but one painter told reporters on Wednesday that he had been… Continue reading Bucharest will be Gabriela Firea’s political grave

News from Nowhere

It’s been a while since we did one of these round-ups, what with the day job and preparations for Britain’s impending war with Spain. Anyway, first off: the Bucharest Metro. Remember how on Friday we wrote about the grand-opening of two new stations on the M4, Laminorului and Straluesti? Well, turns out there’s a catch.… Continue reading News from Nowhere

A big win for the DNA, but difficult times lie ahead

The former Romanian Minister of Tourism Elena Udrea was today found guilty of corruption and sentenced to six years in prison. As usually happens in Romania with non-violent offences, she will for the time being remain free on appeal. Six others – including the mafia-like former boss of Romania’s boxing association Rudel Obreja – were… Continue reading A big win for the DNA, but difficult times lie ahead

Women: Know your limits

Oh dear. Somebody really needs to have a word with Romania’s delightful Family Coalition (Coalitia pentru familie). It would appear that they have been watching Harry Enfield sketches from the 1990s without understanding that the whole thing was comedy: a parody of old, misogynistic attitudes towards women. It was never meant to be a blueprint… Continue reading Women: Know your limits