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Elitele noastre politice si intelectuale au fost supuse unui proces riguros de selectie care dateaza din anii comunismului . Pot afirma in cunostinta de cauza ca numai acei activisti PCR,UTC, UASCR sau specialisti care primeau girul securitatii si ierarhiei PCR puteau ajunge in categoria elitelor mai sus mentionate. Competenta profesionala sau calitatile morale contau mai… » read more

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O ancheta recent publicata in Der Spiegel despre prostitutia din Germania contine elemente socante pentru noi, romanii. Potrivit expertilor citati, Germania a ajuns, in urma legalizarii prostitutiei (2001) cea mai mare piata pentru prostitutie din Europa. Asa-zisa legalizare nu a condus la imbunatatirea conditiilor ” de munca” ale prostituatelor, asa cum au sustinut initial autorii… » read more

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Sindicalistii germani considera ca romanii si bulgarii care lucreaza in industria agroalimentara germana au fost redusi la conditia de sclavi industriali. Revista franceza Nouvel Observateur a publicat acum cateva luni un articol foarte critic despre dumping-ul social practicat de firme daneze si olandeze care opereaza in regiunea Bremen din Germania. Pana de curand, Germania a… » read more

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How much more money can be poured into solving the debt crisis before European decisionmakers realise that current recovery strategies do not actually produce the expected results ? The global financial crisis followed by the European debt crisis are proof of an American export turned toxic, namely the Washington consensus. Its commandments, which consist of… » read more

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Smuggling as usual

A little over six months ago, Romania and Bulgaria’s applications to join the Schengen zone were delayed by the political leadership of the EU’s most powerful states like Germany and France. In the eyes of these countries’ officials and intelligence experts, Bulgaria and Romania are not yet in a position to efficiently police their own… » read more

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EU: A question of priorities

After hearing daily about the problems experienced by the EU’s common currency, austerity measures and the like, one might be forgiven for being inclined to believe that the crisis and its ugly aftermath are the most important issues confronting us all. In fact, the most disquieting development, as suggested by a recent poll published by… » read more

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Last weekend the European branch of the Trilateral Commission convened in Bucharest, ostensibly to discuss the West’s relationship with Russia and China and how to tackle the problems confronting the global economy. Founded in 1973 following the initiative of David Rockefeller, the Trilateral Commission reunites the representatives of Big Oil, Big Tobacco and Big Finance… » read more

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The sovereign debt crisis, which started in Greece, has engulfed Spain, Ireland, Portugal and even Poland and Romania, EU members that are not yet part of the eurozone. The recent Toronto meeting of Western heads of state has sadly contributed to aggravating matters, as it mandated participating political leaders to cut their countries’ budget deficits… » read more

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In older-type, agricultural societies, autumn is the season when people reap the rewards of their hard work in tilling the land. In our postmodern, neoliberal societies, autumn is becoming synonymous with huge union protests, as economic growth stalls and austerity measures are starting to bite. A case in point is Romania, where two of the… » read more

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Postcard from Northern Greece

I have ended my working summer season back where I had started from, in Macedonia (northern Greece), with a three-week stint at the 5-star Mediterranean Village, 2 km away from Paralia Katerini. Inaugurated two years ago, the resort is located right on the beach and could accommodate around 200 tourists in bungalow-type suites, some sporting… » read more

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