Adina Marincea: The Feminist movement in Romania has developed a lot in the last 10 years

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Adina Marincea (photo: Vali  Iovi-Stere)

Interview on the changes after the Caracal case, what does the Romanian feminist scene look like and what is the state of Romanian media

Vladimir Mitev

Adina Marincea is a researcher in social sciences with a doctorate in communication sciences (2014). She has more than 5 years of experience with national and European research projects within the independent think tank Median Research Centre (MRC) and has published articles on the platform for political analysis and debates Open Politics. Her fields of interest are: mass-media and social media, political communication, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, hate-speech, Europeanisation, populism and radicalisation on the level of discourse.

This article was published on 6th October 2019 on the English section of the site “The Barricade”. 

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Ahlam Chemlali: EU institutions are rewarding authoritarian regimes over migration

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Ahlam Chemlali (photo: Ahlam Chemlali)

Interview with the Danish expert on torture and migration about the overall increase in violence worldwide, the responsibility of the EU and Frontex on the issues of migration and about the discussed “Turkish model” for migration deal with Libya

Vladimir Mitev

Ahlam Chemlali is from Copenhagen, Denmark, where she works as a programme manager at DIGNITY – The Danish Institute against Torture. In her work and research she has dealt with torture, migration, human rights abuses, forced labour, etc. 

This article was published on 26 September 2019 on the English section of the site “The Barricade”. 

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The murder of Victoria Marinova pointed the attention at many of Bulgaria’s social problems

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Vladimir Mitev (photo: Vladimir Mitev)

An interview on the media presentation of Victoria Marinova’s murder, on the state of press and violence against women in Bulgaria

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Vladimir Mitev is a Bulgarian-Romanian journalist based in Rousse, a town on the very border between the two countries. He is the editor-in-chief of the Romanian website BARICADA Romania, which initially started as a Romanian language version of the Bulgarian portal by the same name. 

Below is the ILNA’s interview with this authoritative journalist about the anniversary of murder of Victoria Marinova, the Bulgarian journalist. This interview was published on 6th October 2019 on the site of ILNA. 

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Traian Băsescu has fallen victim to the forces he unleashed

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Traian Basescu (photo: Razvan Socol, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia Commons)

The former president used to be the representative of anti-communism and anti-corruption in Romanian politics. In 2016 a criminal investigation for money laundering was started against him. On 20 September 2019 the court declared him a collaborator with the communist secret service “Securitate”

Vladimir Mitev

This article was published on 24 September 2019 on the English section of the site “The Barricade”.

On 20 September the Court of Appeals in Bucharest came out with the decision that the former Romanian president Traian Băsescu was a collaborator with the communist secret service “Securitate”. Băsescu rejects this accusation and has always asserted that he didn’t have such relations. During socialism he was captain of the ship.

The Court of Appeals approved the case brought by the National Council for Investigation of Securitate’s Archives (CNSAS) that Băsescu be declared a Securitate collaborator. The claim points out that the former president reported on his colleagues and was “a person for support” to the Securitate, almost until the regime’s fall. Documents from the internal intelligence service (SRI) and Ministry of National Defense are attached to the case.

“I will not comment on the process. I have to defend myself. We have completely different views from CNSAS. A third party will resolve our dispute – the judge… Let’s see the process,” declared Băsescu in the Court of Appeals in Bucharest.

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Codru Vrabie: The appointment of Kövesi to chief prosecutor of the EPPO is like a flower in a buttonhole 

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Codru Vrabie (photo: Vlad Stanciu, Association INK)

Codru Vrabie is a civic activist, trainer and consultant on good governance, transparency, responsibility, and integrity in the public sector. He has contributed to many reform measures in justice and public administration. Vrabie has BAs in legal and political sciences (Romania, Bulgaria, the USA) and MAs in administrative sciences and European affairs (Romania, the Netherlands, Spain). He has worked for various Romanian civil society organizations since 1998. In 2010, Vrabie started working with the Leaders for Justice” programme, which was replicated in 2017 by the Republic of Moldova. In April 2018, Codru joined the team of telegraful.net, where he works on the podcast series “Hypotheses” – a project of the Courage Ahead Association (Curaj Înainte).

Mr. Vrabie, how does the expected victory of Laura Kövesi in the competition for the head of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) influence Romanian anti-corruption?

I think that this piece of news will be forgotten in Bucharest immediately after the presidential elections, because the European prosecution EPPO will not have notable activity in the first year of its establishment. The issue might seem relevant now, during the election campaign, but no one in Romania deals with the substance of anti-corruption policies. No one dealt with that earlier either. Everyone talked, but no one did anything concrete. So there is no way Romanian anti-corruption will be influenced by her victory.

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The Romanian left looks for an exit from cheap labour’s trap

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An election promise from Poland has unexpectedly inspired additionally Romanian workers and the left to demand decent salaries

Vladimir Mitev

This article was published on 20 September 2019 on the English section of the site “The Barricade”. 

On 10 September 2019 the main Romanian media announced that “the era of cheap labour in Poland is coming to an end.” This was a statement by the prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki himself, who promised a 78% raise of the minimal salary up to 4000 zloty or 1000 dollars by 2023. Morawiecki’s promise will be fulfilled  if his party Law and Justice wins the forthcoming parliamentary elections this autumn. Romanian media distributed this news along with a standard warning by economists that such a big increase in salaries will raise employers’ expenditures, which will negatively influence the economy.

Of course, Morawiecki’s promise is motivated by the elections and represents a hunt for votes. But it garnered huge interest in Romania. Poland has long been a model for Romania – be it because of its loyalty to the United States, its religiosity and conservatism, or simply because it, like Romania, it is the largest and most populated country in the region. But the news also spread because Poland no longer being defined as “a country of cheap labour” is an idea that resonates with Romanians. 

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Ioana Abăseacă: All that the USR did in the last three years was to approach „those who lost from transition”

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Ioana Abăseacă (photo: Ioana Abăseacă)

An interview with the activist of Save Romania Union (USR) about her experiences related to Bulgaria and how USR and its presidential candidate Dan Barna position themselves with regard to transition, international relations and the role of women in politics
Vladimir Mitev
Ioana Abăseacă is 24 years old. She has graduated with a degree in Political Sciences from the University of Bucharest. She is passionate about the 20th century history. Thanks to the opportunities for student mobility she has lived and has worked for a few months in Sofia and has beautiful friendships with Bulgarians. Ioana lives and works in the Romanian capital, Bucharest, a city, which she equally loves and hates. She considers herself a great fan of coffee.

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