Euthanasia of pain

In the European Union debates are being amplified on issues around human euthanasia and assisted suicide. Two elements to consider: Belgium is about to follow Netherland’s example in adopting a law to allow children’s euthanasia. Read more [...]

EUTHANASIA OF PAIN. The Real IronMan is a Romanian performer with a Giant Heart

The holder of the world record for the fastest time in completing 7 Marathons and 7 Ultra-Marathons on 7 continents is the Romanian Andrei Rosu, who finished an Ironman and a Double Ironman. Andrei is not a high performer in the proper sense Read more [...]

EUTHANASIA OF PAIN Stela’s Purgatory – the arrest, the cancer and the insolence of staying alive

In a country like the US, Stela Neagu would have been a millionaire by now. She would have enjoyed her last years of life in wealth and would expect to die peacefully knowing her children’s and grandchildren’s had a secured future. In Read more [...]

EUTHANASIA OF PAIN 50,000 Romanians die annually in pain, hit by incurable diseases. What do we do for them?

How common it sounds to read obituaries with words like “passed away after a long and hard suffering”. Not surprising any more to find this in most announcements of persons departed too early before the age usually considered Read more [...]

Romania in International Mass Media – Thursday, September 12, 2013

Global Post Floods kill eight in Romania, hundreds evacuated Flash floods in eastern Romania have killed eight people, including a child, authorities said Thursday, updating an earlier toll of four dead. Rescuers saved 330 people from Read more [...]

Romania in International Mass Media – Monday, September 09, 2013

  The Globe and Mail Gabriel Resources seeks Romanian clarification on key gold mine Gabriel Resources Ltd. is frantically trying to confirm statements by Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta and other ministers regarding rejection Read more [...]

EXCLUSIVE. Member of the European Parliament and former head of the National Agency of Fiscal Administration (ANAF) Sebastian Bodu speaking about consequences of reduced VAT for bread: “Government fuels evasion on alcohol and kills jewelry merchants. Bread will not be cheaper.”

PDL Member of the European Parliament Sebastian Bodu, former head of ANAF, criticized Ponta Government’s decisions to reduce VAT on bread and introduce new excises (on jewelry and precious metals) or increase the existing ones (on alcohol Read more [...]

EXCLUSIVE. National Security Agency (NSA) hacked Edward Snowden’s laptop and removed his personal data

Wondering why I wasn’t receiving anything on Twitter from Edward Snowden anymore, I tried to access his account to see his recent messages. Couldn’t find it! I then looked through the list of Twitter accounts I follow. He wasn’t there Read more [...]

EXCLUSIVE. The Economist Intelligence Unit: The upcoming decision on Romania’s Schengen membership for 2014 will be negative

In the recently released Country Forecast titled “Romania at a glance: 2013-2017”, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) opines that, although in a confortable position given by the decisive majority won in the recent general elections, Read more [...]

EXCLUSIVE. Newswire services versus Twitter in the Digital Era. Do we still need journalists and breaking news?

Hard to believe that nowadays anything can happen without Twitter to tweet in real time about it, while the event is still unfolding. Not everybody on the planet is active on Twitter and in the virtual world yet, but the number of users is Read more [...]

EXCLUSIVE. European Court for Human Rights: Priests in Romania cannot form trade unions

The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that priests in Romania and, by extension, in all of the other European states, cannot form trade unions.   This has been one of the most controversial rulings of the ECHR ever, Read more [...]

EXCLUSIVE. Discretionary payment for forfeit. MPs allowed to spend monthly lump sums on “Promo broadcasting on radio-TV”, “Car parking fees at the nearest airport”, “Regular and priority mailing” according to new discretionary budget regulations

Extra careful with their “work-related” expenses, MPs have adopted the revised discretionary budget using the emergency procedure. The decision came immediately after the law of the parliamentary procedure was amended to allow for generously Read more [...]

EXCLUSIVE. Romanian MPs have… “immunized” their absences in the new parliamentary procedure! Romanian taxpayers will have to pay for the no-show of their representatives in the parliament

The latest amended version of Law #96 of 2006 regarding the status of senators and deputies, promulgated by President TraianBasescu on 4 July 2013 and published in the Official Gazette #411 on 8 July 2013, legalizes the PAID parliamentary absenteeism.   Unexcused Read more [...]

EXCLUSIVE. A story from a weird Romanian train station. Neither “mititei”, nor the beer of Lehliu is what it used to be during the time of Tanta and Costel

Lehliu town has become famous owing to the writerly grace of Ion Baiesu. The very popular TV series “Tanta si Costel” originated from here, from the railway platform of the thistly Baragan. Actors Coca Andronescu and Octavian Cotescu were Read more [...]

Government gives green light to Chevron to begin shale gas exploration in Vaslui

Chevron Corporation received the environmental clearance to place exploratory wells and begin shale gas drilling in three areas of Vaslui. The decision was made by the Technical Analysis Committee of the Environmental Protection Agency (APM) Read more [...]

Holy bribe. 400,000 Romanians allegedly bribed staff in the education system and around three million paid bribes to medical personnel LAST YEAR ALONE

One out of seven Romanians admits of having paid bribes in the last twelve months to medical personnel and one out of fifty Romanians to officials working in the education system. The same study shows that at least one out of four Romanians Read more [...]

EXCLUSIVE. How can Edward Snowden reach Latin America?

After Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia have announced their agreement to grant asylum to the IT expert Edward Snowden, accused of leaking classified information about the National Security Agency’s PRISM surveillance programme, all that he Read more [...]

Taken as legal theft?

"We made it clear that there was no question of the implementation of the school warrants Dimitrie Bolintineanu in checks made today. (...) Today, at the Lyceum movement Bolintineanu summoning procedure was attempted by many people to be heard. Read more [...]

EXCLUSIVE. Ponta checkmated Kovesi: DNA cannot investigate offenses of tax evasion and customs fraud anymore!

Competences of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) have been drastically reduced by the Government of Prime Minister Ponta, who has recently decided that the DNA prosecutors would not investigate offenses of tax evasion and customs Read more [...]

Baccalaureate 2013. National average graduation rate: 55.65%. Statistics by counties

After centralization of 98.3% of the data, 62.32% of twelfth grade graduates from the class of 2012-2013 have passed baccalaureate, and 30.82% of previous graduates of baccalaureate managed to promote, informs the Ministry of Education. Promotion Read more [...]