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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

Development or no development? Yesterday I had an interesting conversation regarding Romania’s current development status, centered around it’s highway system. There has been a lot of debate regarding this system in the country in the past 10 years, and for all intents and purposes it will continue, will all the debacle regarding routes, costs, builders,… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

As I sit here and listen to Mick Jagger’s “Blind leading the blind” competing with the crickets outside, and after going through a couple of articles on the state of the economy, world politics and current events in Romania I can’t stop thinking that while we are not all blind, we are certainly getting there… » 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

Concerns.

We are living interesting times. That is a certainty. But as much as they are interesting they are perilous. I have spent the better part of this week reading and listening to all sorts of execs and politicians – EU wide, with a larger quota of Romanian politicians and execs since I happen to live… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

Back in Romania there is a lot of talk these days on regions generated by a project to federalize the country. It’s complex and has to do with development, financing and to be honest ethnicity. Ethnicity as criteria, even a diluted and non-direct criteria is a mistake in this writer’s opinion, but that is a… » 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