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Am început ieri o discuție despre dezvoltare și la un moment dat cineva m-a întrebat ce se întâmplă cu o comună care se luptă cu un scenariu “no exit” în care premisele actuale sunt atât de negre încât orice intenție de a împinge lucrurile înainte este sortită eșecului imediat. Am răspuns ce răspund de obicei… » read more

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Aud în fiecare zi oameni care se plâng de stadiul dezvoltării orașului sau comunei, sau județului și țării în care trăiesc. De multe ori cei ce se plâng sunt chiar aleși locali, oameni care au fost aleși să conducă comunități și să direcționeze dezvoltarea acestora către mai bine. Ceea ce pentru unii dintre ei e… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

[ Notă – Acest articol este versiunea în limba română a celui publicat anterior în engleză. Note – This blog post is the romanian translation of my previous post ] *** Mai sunt 9 zile pânâ la alegerile #EP2014 în România, și așteptările nu sunt foarte mari. Persistă o idee în mediul public că a… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

9 days to go till #EP2014 elections in Romania and the expectations aren’t particularly high. There seems to be a collective idea that voting makes no difference, and to some extent that is actually true. We are voting on party lists, where major party figures are ranked up top on said lists, so no matter… » read more

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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

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All around social media accounts of EU higher authorities, in all speeches, interventions and debates, everybody says “go out and vote for the upcoming EP elections!”. Which at first glance sounds fair. But it is not. Because as it is the case with me, in Romania, I feel that “Brussels” as an overall concept encompassing… » read more

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    The EP elections are coming in 70 days. 70. And this year also brings elections in Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden and the UK. Next year marks general elections in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Poland, Slovenia and Spain. That means that 2014 and 2015 will be hard years for the… » read more

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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

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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

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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

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