What we learned from Marine Le Pen and her nationalist friends’ visit to Romania

A posting from The Black Sea, available here   They are against the EU, the ‘Islamisation’ of Europe and open borders. They don’t like to be called extremists. They want to be called radicals. They can command up to a third of the votes in their countries. Last weekend they came to one of the […]

Moldovan energy intermediary company linked to “billion-dollar bank theft” scandal

A controversial supplier of electricty from the frozen conflict zone of Transnistria to Moldova has an ownership structure linked to companies involved in a “billion dollar theft” from Moldova’s banking system in 2014 A preliminary investigative report into Moldova’s energy troubles published in The Black Sea and across dozens of the largest news sites in Moldova […]

Crimea – where Russia’s war on drugs has deadly consequences

Up to 100 recovering drug users have died in Crimea since Russia seized the Ukrainian peninsular and banned their medication A feature published in The Black Sea, The Influence (USA) and Matters of Substance (NZ) magazines   Surrounded by seaside resorts, Crimea has been both a magnet for holidaymakers and drug users (picture copyright: Petrut Calinescu)   “I had to abandon home, […]

To all Romanians in the UK – please save the British from themselves

A comment piece in Romanian on Contributors.ro   A petty argument in the British conservative party between supporters and enemies of the European Union has forced the UK into a disaster.  If the country leaves the 28-member bloc, financial ruin will spread across the continent, far right groups will seize control and the peacetime success of 70 […]

The Timebomb

Moldova’s political class is discredited, fragmented and unpopular at home and abroad – but is the opposition too divided to challenge the failed leadership of Europe’s poorest country? A feature – published here in The Black Sea   CAMP NUMBER ONE I call the phone number of Ilian Casu, the deputy chairman of Partidul Nostru […]

Can this mild-mannered maths researcher save Bucharest?

A profile of Bucharest Mayoral candidate Nicusor Dan, published in CityMetric, part of the New Statesman group Standing behind 45 year-old doctor in maths Nicusor Dan is a wire shelf piled with hundreds of loose leaved files and cardboard folders. These are cases Dan and his team from NGO Save Bucharest! have brought against the […]