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We often blame those around us for the misfortunes of our lives. It is more comfortable to do this, and it is a protective mechanism that over the ages we have become proficient in employing when things don’t go our way. It’s hard however to imagine that we can all get what we want, all… » 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

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

As we are closing in on the EP elections to be held in May all across the EU, there are a couple of themes that seem to be on top of anything else: the democratic deficit of EU leadership, voters presence for European Elections and, connected with the first, the election of the new European… » read more

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In my previous post under this title, Building Hope, I talked of a Union Party, and I wondered about the values it should uphold. While there is no definitive list of values to be upheld, I do believe that some of them are innate and should form the basis of any political activity aimed at… » 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

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu

I have been reading a lot lately, on some interesting issues – the failure of the classic party system, challenges facing democracy today, developments in metropolis’ powers, populism resurfacing. All of these are connected. Because all of them deal with the future. And with politics and the way people respond to politics today. The history… » read more

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Open Letter to the President of the European Commission, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Parliament   Dear Presidents José Manuel Barroso Herman van Rompuy Martin Schulz   We are deeply concerned about the future of Europe. The ongoing political, social and economic crisis is once again threatening to… » read more

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The Greek polis brought us Democracy. A democracy suited for those times, tributary to the society where it was developed. The Roman Republic brought representative democracy. It’s quite easy to see why since the Roman Republic was significantly larger than any Greek City-State. Gathering all voting able citizens would have been quite unproductive. So electing… » read more

Posted by Horatiu Ferchiu