The Return of the Wild East. Exit Stage West

Good fucking grief. However awful you thought the makeup of Romania’s new PSD-ALDE government might be, you will no doubt be disappointed to discover that reality has once again by far outdone the imagination. Sworn in yesterday evening after being approved by a compliant parliament (only the PNL and the USR voted against) Romania is… Continue reading The Return of the Wild East. Exit Stage West

Bucharest’s Not Very Activ Card

For those of us who use public transport in Bucharest (be it out of necessity or simply for the hell of it) one of the most useful developments in recent years was the launch of the Activ Card: a kind of Oyster for Bucharest which could be loaded up with season tickets or simply pay-as-you-go… Continue reading Bucharest’s Not Very Activ Card

Romania’s ‘You couldn’t make it up’ file just got a little bigger

Romania’s government gets tough. No more Mr. Nice Guy. Things just got very real. Oh yes, taking the bull by the horns the government today announced plans to finally begin dealing with Romania’s most crucial issues. It will be starting with, erm, hitchhiking. That’s right: in an attempt to reclaim Europe’s sought-after ‘most stupid, pointless… Continue reading Romania’s ‘You couldn’t make it up’ file just got a little bigger

More Motorway Madness

Remember this post about the A3 motorway from last week? Well, it looks as though the Romanian Ministry of Transport, under the stewardship of Ovidiu Silaghi, is on a bit of a roll. It was announced today that the final part of the Bucharest – Constanta motorway (the A2), from Cernavoda to Constanta, will be… Continue reading More Motorway Madness