The Week in Bucharest Life

A quick recap of events over the past ten days or so in the never-a-dull-moment nuthouse that is the Romanian capital. — First off, the good news: Cheap taxis are back at Otopeni, at least in theory. The restrictions on access to the arrivals terminal (introduced on April 1st) have been removed until at least… Continue reading The Week in Bucharest Life

The Week in Bucharest Life

Bucharest finally saw some snow. The above shot of the city centre covered in a fresh layer of the white stuff was taken on Monday from the top of the InterContinental, by Cristian Marino, the hotel’s Executive Chef himself no less. Alas, rain later in the week washed most of the snow away and turned… Continue reading The Week in Bucharest Life

The Week in Bucharest Life

Romania took a great leap forwards this week when the country’s parliament finally voted to ban smoking in almost all indoor public spaces. The only exceptions to the law are airports (where a fully enclosed smoking section can be installed) and prisons (proof that a few politicians who enjoy a fag are no doubt thinking… Continue reading The Week in Bucharest Life

The Week in Bucharest Life

The 85-year old former Romanian president Ion Iliescu appeared before prosecutors on Wednesday after being charged with crimes against humanity for his role in the violent Mineriada of June 1990, when miners from the Jiu Valley put down peaceful anti-Iliescu protests in Piata Universitatii, killing six people and injuring hundreds in the process. Iliescu denies… Continue reading The Week in Bucharest Life

The Week in Bucharest Life

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta, currently on trial for 19 counts of money laundering and falsifying documents, easily survived a no-confidence motion in parliament after his PSD party abstained from voting. Ponta then went on TV on Wedensday evening to state that he intends to remain prime minister at least until next summer’s general election,… Continue reading The Week in Bucharest Life