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Blood on the flag.

An article was published today on the website of a respectable Romanian think tank – an article called For the first time in history, people die under the EU flag. And they are right. While people on the Euromaidan may not be there just in correlation with the EU and the rejection by Ukrainian administration… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

Building hope – Part 1.

I’ve often wondered how a Union Party should look like. What values and principles should it uphold, who should populate it, and what color should it have – green, red, blue, yellow? What would make a Union Party a strong party, a fair party, one that would separate itself from the measly debates of everyday… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

Let’s build bonds

I’m thinking of starting a new initiative – one aimed at improving citizen to citizen relations within the EU. I am a long time supporter of the idea that a EU identity is based on the people’s experiences. So, in front of all this new Euro-scepticism and continuous finger pointing, amidst debates and arguments between… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

I am European.

I am European. Before anything else. I have assumed this identity. I was lucky. I grew up in a decent sized town just outside of Bucharest, Romania’s capital, that offered me a wealth of opportunities to develop my personality – I wrote at a student magazine and I worked as an editor for the same… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

The dream that is EUrope

EUrope is a dream. A perfect dream. A dream of freedom, democracy and pursuit of happiness. Whenever I travelled outside my country, into the EU, I never had a bad experience. I was never discriminated against, I was not chased down the streets, I was never bullied or ill treated by anybody. I have friends… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

In the summer of 2002 over 100 high school students got together in Sighetu Marmatiei, for the 5th edition of the Memorial of Victims of Communism and the Resistance Summer School. I was one of them. We were young and eager to learn more on what our country, and too many of our neighbors have… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

Let’s talk development [3]

Sustainable development. The holy grail of all things development. The new approach. There are many definitions to sustainable development. I guess the one I like the most is the one from the United Nations World Commission On Environment and Development, as outlined in their Our Common Future report released in 1987 – Sustainable development is… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

I finished my last post with the idea that we must change the way we perceive development. And that may be a harder nut to crack that expected. I will restrict my argumentation on Romania because I know the realities here better, but I’m confident that the idea can be exported. This idea to perceive… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu