Romania Is Becoming More Transparent Than a Fine Sieve: A Sudden Appetite for a Tech Extreme Makeover
Development / Economics / Politics

Romania Is Becoming More Transparent Than a Fine Sieve: A Sudden Appetite for a Tech Extreme Makeover

Romania is, by its unique nature, a country of the most astonishing paradoxes. In some senses it can be a true Galahad, pure in thought and deed, but from the other side appear like a misshapen troll. For instance, a recent tweet by Bernie Sanders provoked a spring of satisfaction in Romania. Continue reading

“The Nord Stream knot” or CEE’s Sisyphean task
Development / Economics

“The Nord Stream knot” or CEE’s Sisyphean task

Piotr Popęda analyses the subtle conflict in the energy sphere between Poland and the Baltic countries versus Russia and Germany. He raises questions about the controversial judgment passed in Hamburg and how the German lawsuit affects European geopolitics and solidarity. “The Nord Stream knot” or CEE’s Sisyphean task In 2006, the Russian company Gazprom and German companies … Continue reading

Romania’s Marshall Plan for Moldova’s economic doldrums
Development / Economics / Politics

Romania’s Marshall Plan for Moldova’s economic doldrums

Romania’s Marshall Plan for Moldova’s doldrums: quixotic crusade or methodic initiative? Dadiana Chiran contends that Romanian assistance might be the key to Moldova’s economic issues. The latter, a country which lost one billion dollars from its national budget, is in need of solidarity and support from its EU neighbour  December 1st marks the glorious unification … Continue reading

National Identity is Destiny – America in Eurasia
Economics / Politics

National Identity is Destiny – America in Eurasia

Rhoads R. Cannon comments on the concept of identity in inter-state relations between America, Eastern Europe and East Asia, providing policy prescriptions for the US and its allies. He argues that in order for America to lead in an emerging Sino-Russian world, the US must re-discover its identity and formulate sound strategy at home and abroad. … Continue reading

A spotlight On Alisher Usmanov: Or Why Russian And British Interests Can Never Part
Economics / Politics

A spotlight On Alisher Usmanov: Or Why Russian And British Interests Can Never Part

Alisher Usmanov is an Uzbek-born Russian businessman. He owns, or has a majority stake in, ventures ranging from a huge steel conglomerate in Russia, to rapidly expanding internet companies in Silicon Valley, an English football club, newspapers and televisions in Russia, and goodness knows what else. He’s received awards from the Russian government for his … Continue reading

Romanian “honest brokerage” out of altruism
Economics / Politics

Romanian “honest brokerage” out of altruism

Corruption is a strongly embedded scourge within Romanian bureaucratic corridors. Dadiana Chiran analyses the roots of the phenomenon and its traumatic effects for the country’s prominent politicians . In conformity with Romanian humour, the Central Arrest and Detention Center no.1 in Bucharest is now called the “lordly cellar”. This is a token paid to the high class … Continue reading