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Never again.

As I am writing this I am listening to the speeches in the EP plenary in Strasbourg, on the WW I and lessons of the past as we look to the future. I’ve been pondering on writing on this subject for the past few months, as the subject is so vast and incredibly complex, that… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

Federalism in #RO

I have made it no secret that I am a true believer in a Federal Europe. My first post on this blog is about my belief that the national state has lived it’s life. And I do have to agree that in Romania, where I live, the federalist momentum has yet to become a reality,… » 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

In 1902, a Romanian MP with 30 years of political carrier behind him, named Titu Maiorescu published an article called “Oratori, retori si limbuti” [roughly translated as Orators, rhetors and babblers]. He described the 3 categories as follows: ” [Oratorul vorbeste pentru] precizarea unei situaţii publice, afirmarea sau combaterea unei idei, convingerea unui auditoriu; mobilul… » 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

I have recently read an article concerning the concept of ‚Eastern Europe’ and it’s validity today. I might not agree with all the points the author makes, but some of the conclusions are worthy to be retained and transferred in different debates, as they have an inherent value. The article can be found here, and… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

Memory and justice

“When justice fails to be a form of memory, memory alone can be a form of justice” – Ana Blandiana   Over the last weekend I was in Sighet, for the 20th anniversary of the Memorial of Victims of Communism and of the Resistance. A former communist political prison, the Sighet Memorial tells the stories… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

No less than 23 years ago there were 2 ”Europes”. One in the West, one in the East. A wave of democratic movements across the continent coupled with the inherent failure of the socialist model solved that problem. One problem however remained unattended: the people. And I will stick to the Romanian experience, because I… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu