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Poland on the Economic Periphery

John Feffer | Posted 08.16.2015 | World
John Feffer

Small countries often have no choice but to align themselves with larger economic entities, as for instance the Baltic countries have done inside the European Union. But Poland is not a small country. It is the sixth largest EU country by population, and the largest country in East-Central Europe (twice the size of its nearest competitor, Romania).

25 Reasons to Visit Romania (5): Bucovina

Ioana Budeanu | Posted 08.14.2015 | Travel
Ioana Budeanu

Bucovina is a dreaming land situated in the North-East of Romania, between mountains, green amazing hills and rivers. It has little secret villages, small towns, beautiful houses, centuries of culture and traditions, welcoming people and a divine silence. Bucovina is famous for her churches and monasteries, for gastronomy, traditional guest houses, ski slopes and secluded forests on top of mountains.

Whose Sovereignty? Gabriel Resources v. Romania

Adam Cernea Clark | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
Adam Cernea Clark

Two weeks ago, a little-known Canadian gold mining company that has developed or operated exactly zero mines over 17 years announced to its investors that it had initiated international arbitration proceedings against the government of Romania for failing to permit what would be the largest open-pit gold and silver mine in Europe.

25 Reasons to Visit Romania (4): The Black Sea

Ioana Budeanu | Posted 07.24.2015 | Travel
Ioana Budeanu

Here, in Romania, we are very blessed with everything that the human mind can envision. Mountains, breathtaking views, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, secret villages where time stands still, cities and culture and over 250 kilometers of unspoiled beaches.

The Euro Is In Trouble. But Romania Still Wants In.

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 08.07.2015 | World

The extraordinary political and economic turbulence of the Greek debt crisis has prompted widespread speculation that other European countries will no...

Music Festivalgoers Can Give Blood In Exchange For Discounted Tickets

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 07.17.2015 | Good News

This music festival vants to suck your blood! But safely and sanitarily, through a proper blood donation system -- that results in a free or discounte...

25 Reasons to Visit Romania (3): Bucharest

Ioana Budeanu | Posted 07.17.2015 | Travel
Ioana Budeanu

Have a ride with an old tram, take cooking lessons, go to a pool party, have a gourmet breakfast, eat a fabulous gelato, ride a horse, listen to live music or go to a theater show, or even have a riveting ride with a helicopter. So pack your bags and book your flight!

Germany's Leadership Role in Advancing Economic Freedom: Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

The topics of strengthening the transatlantic partnership and advancing economic freedom were brought to the forefront, when we gathered in Brussels at a dinner event of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in December 2014.

25 Reasons to Visit Romania (2): Bucharest

Ioana Budeanu | Posted 06.09.2015 | Travel
Ioana Budeanu

Today I'll introduce you just a few of the attractions of Bucharest, following that in a future article to come with impressive details and secrets of this European city you have to put it on your bucketlist.

Germany Wins the Title of 'Bordello of Europe': Why Doesn't Angela Merkel Care?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

In 2002, Germany decriminalized prostitution, reportedly due to pressure by the sex trade lobby and a few brothel managers who petitioned the government. This law effectively rendered the prostitution industry a legitimate business. Today, this experiment is failing.

25 Reasons to Visit Romania (1): Danube Delta

Ioana Budeanu | Posted 05.26.2015 | Travel
Ioana Budeanu

Starting today, I will present you a lifetime adventure and another kind of holiday for those who love to discover new lands, nature, secluded villages, history, culture, amazing people, great food, art and entertainment, sea, mountains, cities, architecture, music and fashion, old churches and secret destinations of the world.

Priorities for Romania: Strengthening the Rule of Law and Advancing Economic Freedom

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.12.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

In order to increase economic freedom for its citizens and enable them to achieve higher standards of living, Romania needs to continue its efforts to eradicate corruption and establish an independent and efficient judicial system.

The State of Romanian Extremism

John Feffer | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
John Feffer

Relations between ethnic Hungarians and ethnic Romanians have improved to a degree. There are still tensions, particularly around the top of regionalization, which would provide greater autonomy to different parts of the country, including the area with a Hungarian majority.

Romania's Missed Opportunity

John Feffer | Posted 05.29.2015 | World
John Feffer

Could Romania have caught up with the rest of the region if it hadn't delayed implementing economic reforms? "It definitely would have lost fewer years than otherwise," Negrescu responded.

Europe's Cheapest Cities This Year

SmarterTravel | Posted 05.17.2015 | Travel
SmarterTravel

You've heard it a lot in the last few months: Europe is cheaper than it's been in a long time. The time to go is now. But Europe is a big place. So where should you go to make the most of the strong dollar?

The Failure of Nationalist Politics in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 05.08.2015 | World
John Feffer

The European financial crisis certainly prepared the ground for the growth of nationalist parties throughout the continent. Cluj, a large city in the Transylvanian region of Romania that has an ethnic Romanian majority, is a good illustration of the limits of nationalist politics.

Who Are We? What Do We Americans Truly Value?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

If we compare Black child well-being in America to child well-being in other nations, the U.S. Black infant mortality rate exceeds that in 65 nations including Cuba, Malaysia, and Ukraine. Our incidence of low-birth weight Black infants is higher than in 127 other nations.

The Cemetery

Stanley Ely | Posted 05.02.2015 | Fifty
Stanley Ely

Rambling around narrow walkways, I say hello to Mr. and Mrs. Schwartz, Tootsie's parents, some Rothschilds and all the senior Levins -- plus, sadly, by now, a few of my own contemporaries. It's a place where I feel oddly at home.

Loss and Mourning in Aida Zilelian's The Legacy of Lost Things

Christopher Atamian | Posted 04.28.2015 | Books
Christopher Atamian

What ensues is a tragic and powerful tale of love and hate, tragedy and rebirth. Zilelian's prose is lyrical at times, but for the most part she crafts a purposely flat realism that perfectly complements her subject matter.

A Commitment to Children in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 04.16.2015 | World
John Feffer

They are called the decret generation. During the Communist era in Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu issued Decree 770 in 1967 making abortion and contraception illegal except under certain circumstances. The Communist leader wanted to radically increase the population of the country.

Exclusive Interview With Photographer and Documentary Filmmaker Nora De Angelli

Anca Dumitru | Posted 04.08.2015 | Arts
Anca Dumitru

Nora de Angelli is a London-based freelance photographer and documentary filmmaker. Until 2011, when she graduated from London College of Communication's University of Arts, with an M.A. in Documentary Film under her belt, De Angelli was an accomplished research scientist.

Syriza in Athens and Putin in Moscow: An Unholy Alliance?

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 04.08.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Islam is by no means the only faith in which evil intentions are covered by pious phrases. The fantasy of a new Christian Orthodox empire should alarm the world no less than the tremors of the financial markets or the status of the euro.

Interview With the 'Dracula Untold' Vampire: Luke Evans Talks Fact, Fiction Behind His Vlad

Aaron Sagers | Posted 04.06.2015 | Entertainment
Aaron Sagers

Vlad Dracula and Count Dracula; one was the Transylvanian-born prince of Wallachia, and the other is a villainous vampire, but in the movie Dracula Untold Luke Evans portrays an amalgamation of both.

How Saving a Child's Heart Is Crossing Boundaries In the Middle East

Jessica Katz | Posted 04.05.2015 | Impact
Jessica Katz

"I love you too" I told her, as I hugged her back. We both meant those words, even though we didn't know each other's names. She had a large scar that ran across her chest, poking out from her blue tribal print dress.

The Accidental Activist

John Feffer | Posted 04.03.2015 | World
John Feffer

I didn't have a chance to interview Munteanu in 1990 when I was in Romania because he was still in detention. But I met him last year for a conversation in Bucharest. I was surprised to discover that the activist who had captivated huge audiences of protestors for weeks at a time in 1990 never particularly relished that role.