Romania: An urgent need for massive political transformation
The article responds to the Secrets of Transformation multimedia series, a joint project of Bertelsmann Transformation Index and Deutsche Welle. On paper, the Romanian economy seems to be the star of the region, if not the child prodigy of the EU as a whole. According to the latest Eurostat reports released early in December 2013, […]
Communist nostalgia – “a lost in globalization” syndrome?
Nostalgia over communism is on the rise in Eastern Europe. So are public protests. Are these symptoms of Easterners “lost in globalization”? Most probably they are just so much living proof that post-socialist regimes have failed to provide a social safety net for their most vulnerable citizens. What’s more, governance […]
Women in the ghetto. Can we break the vicious circle?
A mere two subway stops away from Bucharest’s center lies the ghetto of Ferentari. It’s Romania’s most dangerous neighbourhood, a festering pocket of crime, gangs, drug addiction, drug trafficing, prostitution, abject deprivation and multi-layered exclusion. 100,000 Romanians call it home. During the interwar period and all the way through the […]
Have we reached the limits to growth? Where you sit is where you stand!
“Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever, is either a madman or an economist.” (Kenneth Bouldin, economist) At university, the first graph we were shown in the economics class was plotting GDP growth in time, throughout the history of humanity. It turns out growth is actually a relatively […]
Entrepreneurship is the future of youth unemployment
Can anything shake Europe’s vacation-emptied, heat-stupefied capital on a hot July day? Perhaps a sandwich protest can! Unpaid and low-paid interns and trainees working in Brussels this year decided to stage an unusual protest against unfair internship conditions, long hours and no pay, and the questionable educational value of their […]