Nicusor Dan dodges a bullet

So the PNL has found its scapegoat: Nicusor Dan. Alina Gorghiu, the disastrously poor leader of the PNL who just over 12 months ago had Romania at her feet, this morning declared that Dan will be ‘solely’ responsible for dividing the anti-PSD vote when Bucharest votes a new mayor in Sunday. Gorghiu’s craven statement comes… Continue reading Nicusor Dan dodges a bullet

Laura strikes again

There’s no stopping our hero. Ludovic Orban, Liberal Party MP and its erstwhile candidate for mayor of Bucharest in June’s local elections, was today charged with corruption by Romania’s anti-graft agency, the DNA. Most of the specifics are currently unknown, except that Orban is accused of ‘obtaining undue benefits’, possibly connected to the way his… Continue reading Laura strikes again

Dan’s plan to save Bucharest

Nicusor Dan, leader of the Union to Save Bucharest (USB) and its candidate for mayor of Bucharest in June’s local elections, yesterday published his manifesto. You can see it (in Romanian on the USB’s less-than-attractive website) here. The policy document covers 18 areas, from transport and infrastructure to property rights and culture in the Romanian… Continue reading Dan’s plan to save Bucharest

Why is Romania’s biggest stadium closed?

Details surfaced last week as to why Bucharest’s largest and most modern stadium, the Arena Nationala, has been closed and unable to host events of any kind since the fire at Colectiv in October, when it was revealed that the stadium (along with a number of other public buildings in Romania) had no fire safety… Continue reading Why is Romania’s biggest stadium closed?

The Year in Bucharest Life

We began the year as we meant to go on, with a bit of a whinge about the ongoing sorry state of Romania’s skiing infrastructure. What particularly riled us at Azuga was the need to buy two lift passes. We later found out (via this comment) that to enjoy all of the runs (there are… Continue reading The Year in Bucharest Life