Ceausescu

Ceausescu - The Romanian Neo-Stalinism

Ceausescu 1981
Nicolae Ceausescu, 1981 Source: Corbis Gheorghe Gheoghiu-Dej became first Communist party-boss 1952. He, even Stalinist, promoted the career of Nicolae Ceausescu. During his time, a gigantic concentration-camp was originated in the Baragan-Steppe, in which the people were abandoned in free nature. Without roof over the head, the people had to live like animals.

At start of the 60's, Romania began to raise the claim to realize the socialism in its own way.

1964, a party-resolution was published, which each interference in inner issues of Romania explicit repulsed.

1967, Bucharest established diplomatic relationships to the Federal Republic of Germany.

1968 protested Ceausescu against the military put down of the 'Prague's Spring' through the Soviet troops! Ceausescu became president in 1974. It began a time of the terror and the spying.

The Securitate was always and everywhere.

A cult originated about the Ceausescus. Their name was pronounced only in relation with superlatives. Elena, his wife, had also big influence on her husband and consequently also on politics and economy. She had completed even no study, nevertheless she was first 'scientist of the people'. She was multiple doctor and member of the academy of the sciences. She collected awards and titles like other stamps.

Although there was already enormous industrialization- and residential-construction-programs in the 70's, in the 80's the plans Ceausescus, Romania to promote to an 'example-state', became more and more extremely.

A codification-program was planned, approximately half of all villages should be demolished. The farmers would have to work in agricultural-industrial complexes.

The country should also become prolific. Therefore, contraceptives were strictly prohibited. Abortions were only women allowed older than 45 or with at least 5 children. Gynecological compulsory-examinations in the businesses should pregnancies as early as possibly to discover.

After wandering for days through the country, the dictator married couple was arrested at the December 24, 1989. Their execution took place on the following day. The history and the circumstances of the revolution, including the arrest and condemnation, are not entire clarified until today. As well the massacres at the demonstrators, which demanded more than 1000 lives.

The persons around the new president Ion Illiescu that the power took on in 1990, were the same as before. Today the democracy is slowly in construction.

Political Parties

The Most Important Parties

Party Political Line Foundation
National Liberal Party national-liberal 1869
Social Democratic Party social-democratic 1893
Conservativ Democratic Party conservatively 1908
National Democratic Party (PND) national-liberal 1910
Farmer Party agrarian-socialistic 1918
Romanian Communist Party (PCR) communist 1921
Iron Guard fascist 1930
Romanian Labour Party communist 1948
Democratic Convention Of Romania (CDR) liberal 1992
Social Democratic Union (USD) social-democratic 1992
Party Of Social Democracy (PSDR) national-conservatively 1993

Political Personalities

Heads of State And Government Heads in the 20th Century

Adminis-tration Name (Dynasty) Adminis-tration Name (Dynasty)
1881 - 1914 Carol I. (Hohenzollern) 1952 - 58 Petru Groza
1914 - 27 Ferdinand I. (Hohenzollern) 1958 - 61 Ion Gheorghe Maurer
1927 - 30 Mihai I. (Hohenzollern) 1961 - 65 Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej
1930 - 40 Carol II. (Hohenzollern) 1965 - 67 Chivu Stoica
1940 - 47 Mihai I. (Hohenzollern) 1967 - 89 Nicolae Ceausescu
1947 - 48 Mihai Sadoveanu 1990 - 96 Ion Illiescu
1948 - 52 Constantin Ian Parhon since 1996 Emil Constantinescu

Economy

An ailing industrial plant in Romania
Agricultural products like grain, oil-plants, sugar-beets, fruit and wine dominate. Moreover there are forestry, cattle-breeding, mining, petroleum and natural gas-extraction.

Today for many businesses of the heavy and chemistry industry are foreign investors searched. Many of them are only originated in the mania of Ceausescu to promote the country to an nation of industry.

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daily news
Monday 28 January 2019
Ro Insider
Former Romanian finance minister and a current economic adviser to prime minister Viorica Dăncilă, Darius Vâlcov, said he receives his salary in cash, in an envelope because he does not have a bank account, Hotnews.ro reported. He made the statements in a TV show at Antena 3. When he needs to make online reservations for holidays, he turns ...
culture
Monday 28 January 2019
Newsroom
The exhibition Unfinished Conversations on the Weight of Absence curated by Cristian Nae, which presents works of artists Belu-Simion Fainaru, Dan Mihaltianu and Miklós Onucsán, won the national selection and will represent Romania at the 58th edition of the International Art Exhibition – Venice Biennale. The 2019 Biennale Arte will take place between May 11 and November 24. ...
daily news
Monday 28 January 2019
Ro Insider
A total of 91% of Romanians use their mobile phones at least once a day to initiate a call, a survey by E.ON and Kantar Emind found. At the same time, 1 in 2 make video calls daily with the help of the apps offering this option. “The Romanians are embracing the new communication technology ...
business
Monday 28 January 2019
Ro Insider
Sonja Dive-Dahl has been appointed general manager of Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson hotels in Bucharest, the Radisson Hotel Group announced. She will manage the 487-room Radisson Blu Hotel, Bucharest and the 210-room Park Inn by Radisson Bucharest Hotel & Residence. Sonja Dive-Dahl joins the team from Malmö, Sweden, where she was recently ...
daily news
Monday 28 January 2019
Ro Insider
Hundreds of trees were downed in Bucharest after the freezing rain during the weekend, leaving cars damaged and blocking pedestrian or road traffic all over the city. The trees broke under the weight of the ice layer. On Saturday, January 26, some 800 trees were down, as well as several electricity poles and cables. The Bucharest – ...
business
Monday 28 January 2019
Newsroom
Vodafone Romania, the second-biggest mobile carrier on the local market, had 9.9 million customers at the end of December 2018, a figure similar to the one reported at the end of 2017. Most of them, namely 9.2 million, were mobile customers. The service revenues amounted to EUR 180.2 million in the quarter ended December 31, excluding ...
business
Monday 28 January 2019
Romania Insider
The assets managed privately under the 2nd pillar of the pension system in Romania increased to RON 47.6 billion (some EUR 10 billion) at the end of last year, 19.4% more than at the end of 2017. Nearly two-thirds (63.8%) of the total assets were invested in government debt, while shares accounted for only 17.4% ...
daily news
Monday 28 January 2019
Newsroom
A yet unidentified man managed to run away with about RON 20,000 (some EUR 4,200) from a bank in downtown Craiova, a city in Southwestern Romania, last Friday. The masked man entered the bank on Friday afternoon and threatened the two employees with a gun, according to local Stirileprotv.ro. He apparently waited for the perfect ...
business
Monday 28 January 2019
Romania Insider
Romania’s Patria Bank sold to Kruk Romania a bundle of 934 non-performing secured loans (NPL) granted to legal persons and individuals, with a nominal value of RON 332 million (EUR 70 mln), the bank announced on January 25. This was the second phase of Patria Bank’s NPL sale project started in 2018, which was aimed ...
business
Monday 28 January 2019
Romania Insider
International rating agency Fitch affirmed the ratings of Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR) and BRD-Groupe Societe Generale (BRD) at BBB+ but revised to negative from stable their outlook. The action reflects the agency’s view on Romania’s entire banking system and is not restricted to the two banks as Fitch fears the Government would take even tighter ...
Friday 16 November 2018
Romanians empied their wallets on Friday with the country's biggest retailer eMag, which launched the campaign in 2011, reporting sales of 63 million euros by midday.
Friday 2 November 2018
Activists have threatened to sue Romania for not properly assessing the environmental impact when indefinitely extending a permit for one of the country's largest polluters, the coal-fired Rovinari Power Plant. 
Thursday 1 November 2018
At a meeting with Moldova's pro-Russian President Igor Dodon, who was seeking his backing before elections, Vladimir Putin overestimated the amount of Moldovan exports to Russia.
Thursday 25 October 2018
The Romanian parliament voted to adopt a law on money-laundering, months after the European Commission referred the country to the European Court for not complying with EU legislation on the issue.
Wednesday 24 October 2018
Romania’s biggest cybersecurity company, Bitdefender, announced that it has finalised the purchase of Dutch network security analytics startup RedSocks. 
Friday 19 October 2018
Experts say moves by the tax authority to oblige newlyweds to declare all their wedding suppliers may sound ridiculous – but form part of a justifiable clampdown on tax evasion and money laundering.
Friday 12 October 2018
The UK headquartered Liberty House Group announced on Friday that it wished to purchase four steel plants from ArcelorMittal, including those in Romania and Macedonia. 
Wednesday 18 July 2018
The gallery of a coal mine in the Southern Carpathians in Romania collapsed on Wednesday morning, leaving a miner dead and one wounded, months after two men died in a similar incident.  
Thursday 12 July 2018
To the amazement of Orthodox Christians in Romania, the name and image of one of the country’s most revered monks, Arsenie Boca, are under trademark, with police being called to churches and shops to confiscate items bearing his face.
Tuesday 10 July 2018
Romania’s Social Democrat-dominated parliament held an unexpected late-night vote to rush through legislation to regulate offshore Black Sea gas exploitation, angering investors and the opposition.
Friday 19 February 2021
New Orders in Romania decreased to 142 points in December from 165.10 points in November of 2020. New Orders in Romania averaged 90.95 points from 2005 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 175.20 points in October of 2020 and a record low of 37.60 points in August of 2005. In Romania, the industrial new orders represent the value of the contracts concluded between a producer and a customer during the reference month and involve the deliveries of goods and services that have to be made by the producer, regardless of the period in which these goods/services are to be supplied. The product-related taxes (such as the VAT), the rebates and the discounts, when granted on a contractual basis, are not included. This page provides - Romania New Orders- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news.
Friday 19 February 2021
Money Supply M3 in Romania increased to 487450.50 RON Million in December from 477295.60 RON Million in November of 2020. Money Supply M3 in Romania averaged 237174.99 RON Million from 2004 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 487450.50 RON Million in December of 2020 and a record low of 62331.30 RON Million in January of 2005. Romania Money Supply M3 includes M2 plus long-term time deposits in banks. This page provides the latest reported value for - Romania Money Supply M3 - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news.
Friday 19 February 2021
Money Supply M2 in Romania increased to 487450.50 RON Million in December from 477295.60 RON Million in November of 2020. Money Supply M2 in Romania averaged 236516.07 RON Million from 2004 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 487450.50 RON Million in December of 2020 and a record low of 62118.30 RON Million in January of 2005. Romania Money Supply M2 includes M1 plus short-term time deposits in banks. This page provides the latest reported value for - Romania Money Supply M2 - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news.
Friday 19 February 2021
Money Supply M1 in Romania increased to 337558.60 RON Million in December from 328696.60 RON Million in November of 2020. Money Supply M1 in Romania averaged 123957.29 RON Million from 2004 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 337558.60 RON Million in December of 2020 and a record low of 21882.80 RON Million in January of 2005. This page provides the latest reported value for - Romania Money Supply M1 - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news.
Friday 19 February 2021
Money Supply M0 in Romania increased to 88162.80 RON Million in December from 87992.40 RON Million in November of 2020. Money Supply M0 in Romania averaged 23549.36 RON Million from 1993 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 88162.80 RON Million in December of 2020 and a record low of 95.20 RON Million in January of 1994. Romania Money Supply M0 is the most liquid measure of the money supply including coins and notes in circulation and other assets that are easily convertible into cash. Money Supply M0 and M1, are also known as narrow money. This page provides the latest reported value for - Romania Money Supply M0 - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news.
Friday 19 February 2021
Mining production in Romania decreased 9.30 percent in September of 2020 over the same month in the previous year. Mining Production in Romania averaged -1.44 percent from 2001 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 20.10 percent in May of 2017 and a record low of -21.90 percent in June of 2009. This page provides - Romania Mining Production- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news.
Friday 19 February 2021
Minimum Wages in Romania decreased to 458.07 EUR/Month in the first quarter of 2021 from 460.77 EUR/Month in the third quarter of 2020. Minimum Wages in Romania averaged 178.42 EUR/Month from 1999 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 466.23 EUR/Month in the first quarter of 2020 and a record low of 24.53 EUR/Month in the first quarter of 2000. This page provides - Romania Minimum Wages - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news.
Friday 19 February 2021
Military Expenditure in Romania increased to 4258 USD Million in 2018 from 3622 USD Million in 2017. Military Expenditure in Romania averaged 3250.59 USD Million from 1980 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 8759 USD Million in 1986 and a record low of 1775 USD Million in 2000.
Friday 19 February 2021
Manufacturing Production in Romania decreased 2.10 percent in September of 2020 over the same month in the previous year. Manufacturing Production in Romania averaged 3.53 percent from 2001 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 21.70 percent in March of 2007 and a record low of -44.50 percent in April of 2020. This page provides - Romania Manufacturing Production - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news.
Friday 19 February 2021
Long Term Unemployment Rate in Romania increased to 1.60 percent in the third quarter of 2020 from 1.20 percent in the second quarter of 2020. Long Term Unemployment Rate in Romania averaged 3.09 percent from 1997 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 5.30 percent in the fourth quarter of 2003 and a record low of 1.20 percent in the second quarter of 2020. In Romania, the long term unemployment rate refers to the share of unemployed persons since 12 months or more in the total number of active persons (those who are either employed or unemployed) in the labour market. This page provides - Romania Long Term Unemployment Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news.
Friday 19 February 2021
Loans To Private Sector in Romania increased to 107702 RON Million in July from 107564.30 RON Million in June of 2018. Loans To Private Sector in Romania averaged 101024.50 RON Million from 2007 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 121752.80 RON Million in September of 2012 and a record low of 48811.80 RON Million in January of 2007. This page provides - Romania Loans To Private Sector- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news.
Friday 19 February 2021
Living Wage Individual in Romania decreased to 1300 RON/Month in 2018 from 1330 RON/Month in 2017. Living Wage Individual in Romania averaged 1290 RON/Month from 2015 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 1330 RON/Month in 2017 and a record low of 1250 RON/Month in 2015. WageIndicator Living Wage computations are based on the cost of living for a predefined food basket derived from the FAO database distinguishing 50 food groups with national food consumption patterns in per capita units, for housing and for transportation, with a margin for unexpected expenses. The data about prices of these items is collected through an online survey.
Friday 19 February 2021
Living Wage Family in Romania decreased to 2160 RON/Month in 2018 from 2200 RON/Month in 2017. Living Wage Family in Romania averaged 2150 RON/Month from 2015 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 2200 RON/Month in 2017 and a record low of 2100 RON/Month in 2015. WageIndicator Living Wage computations are based on the cost of living for a predefined food basket derived from the FAO database distinguishing 50 food groups with national food consumption patterns in per capita units, for housing and for transportation, with a margin for unexpected expenses. The data about prices of these items is collected through an online survey. Living Wage for a typical family refers to the family composition most common in the country at stake, calculated on the respective fertility rates.
Friday 19 February 2021
Lending Rate in Romania decreased to 1.75 percent in January from 2 percent in December of 2020. Lending Rate in Romania averaged 11.01 percent from 2003 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 45 percent in February of 2003 and a record low of 1.75 percent in January of 2021. In Romania, the interest rates on the NBR’s standing facilities (deposit facility and lending facility) set a symmetrical corridor around the monetary policy rate. This page provides - Romania Credit Facility Rate- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news.
Friday 19 February 2021
Labour Costs in Romania decreased to 121 points in the third quarter of 2020 from 157.10 points in the second quarter of 2020. Labour Costs in Romania averaged 71.54 points from 1995 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 165.40 points in the first quarter of 2020 and a record low of 2.10 points in the third quarter of 1995. This page provides - Romania Labour Costs - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news.
Friday 19 February 2021
Labor Force Participation Rate in Romania increased to 55.10 percent in the second quarter of 2020 from 54.50 percent in the first quarter of 2020. Labor Force Participation Rate in Romania averaged 56.93 percent from 1996 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 67.80 percent in the third quarter of 1996 and a record low of 52.70 percent in the first quarter of 2016. This page provides - Romania Labor Force Participation Rate- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news.
Friday 19 February 2021
Job Vacancies in Romania increased to 0.81 percent in the third quarter of 2020 from 0.71 percent in the second quarter of 2020. Job Vacancies in Romania averaged 1 percent from 2008 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 2.14 percent in the first quarter of 2008 and a record low of 0.50 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009. This page provides - Romania Job Vacancies Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news.
Friday 19 February 2021
IP Addresses in Romania increased to 3664561 IP in the first quarter of 2017 from 3646075 IP in the fourth quarter of 2016. IP Addresses in Romania averaged 2693163.31 IP from 2007 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 3664561 IP in the first quarter of 2017 and a record low of 1423800 IP in the third quarter of 2007. This page includes a chart with historical data for RomaniaIP Addresses.
Friday 19 February 2021
Internet Speed in Romania increased to 16990.81 KBps in the first quarter of 2017 from 16123.71 KBps in the fourth quarter of 2016. Internet Speed in Romania averaged 8579.88 KBps from 2007 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 16990.81 KBps in the first quarter of 2017 and a record low of 3458.38 KBps in the third quarter of 2007. This page includes a chart with historical data for RomaniaInternet Speed.
Friday 19 February 2021
The benchmark interest rate in Romania was last recorded at 1.25 percent. Interest Rate in Romania averaged 5.10 percent from 2005 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 12.50 percent in May of 2005 and a record low of 1.25 percent in January of 2021. In Romania, interest rates decisions are taken by the Board of the National Bank of Romania (Banca Nationala a Romaniei). The official interest rate is the Policy Rate. This page provides the latest reported value for - Romania Interest Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news.
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Saturday 20 June 2020
The judge, on trial for bribery in Iran and known as a notorious jailer of journalists, plunged six stories in what is being called an apparent suicide.
Monday 18 May 2020
Stymied by borders closed by coronavirus restrictions, German farmers decided to fly thousands of seasonal workers into their fields.
Friday 27 March 2020
Legions of seasonal workers from Eastern Europe who harvest crops from Spain to Sweden can’t get in, forcing a rapid rethink of how to secure food at Europe’s farms.
Saturday 11 January 2020
Weeks after more than 14,000 sheep died in the Black Sea near Romania, 180 lucky ones have been rescued by animal welfare groups, which pledged to protect them from slaughter.
Wednesday 1 January 2020
Successive governments have failed to address the risks posed by aging buildings and shoddy construction, leaving millions vulnerable.
Friday 29 November 2019
On Friday, officials ended a search-and-rescue operation off the coast of Romania. Crews are preparing to remove thousands of carcasses from the vessel.
Monday 25 November 2019
A rescue operation was underway to save the animals in the Black Sea.
Sunday 24 November 2019
President Klaus Iohannis claimed victory as his challenger, Viorica Dancila, conceded.
Film
Monday 15 February 2021
Peter Bradshaw
Radu Jude dramatises the case of a disenchanted teenager turned in to the secret police in 1980s Romania in this chilling work of filmed theatreThe anger and despair in this Romanian filmed theatre work are kept in check by its ice-cold manner: it is spoken throughout in the kind of deadened official style that Ceaușescu-era apparatchiks might have used for reports on wrongdoers and dissidents, and the style that these same people might have used to defend themselves, and convince their political masters that they had internalised the right kind of torpid, soulless submission.Director Radu Jude (who made the much-admired I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians) has adapted a verbatim-theatre stage play by Gianina Cărbunariu, working with the writer herself; it chillingly dramatises an actual 1981 Securitate case file concerning a high school student called Mugur Călinescu. This teenager was discovered to be chalking protest slogans on walls (in scandalously large “uppercase print” letters) calling for an end to poverty and for free trade unions of the sort permitted by Romania’s ally Poland. To discover and punish the author of these innocuous sentiments, hundreds of informants were mobilised, phones bugged, ...
Romania
Thursday 4 February 2021
AFP in Bucharest

Six-week-old suffered cardiac arrest during ceremony, which involves three immersions in holy water

The Orthodox Church in Romania is facing growing pressure to change baptism rituals after a baby died following a ceremony which involves immersing infants three times in holy water.

The six-week-old suffered a cardiac arrest and was rushed to hospital on Monday but he died a few hours later, the autopsy revealing liquid in his lungs. Prosecutors have opened a manslaughter investigation against the priest in the north-eastern city of Suceava.

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Crime
Friday 22 January 2021
Amelia Gentleman

Two ringleaders receive sentences of 27 and 20 years after 39 Vietnamese people suffocated in container

The two ringleaders of the people-smuggling gang responsible for the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people who suffocated in a sealed refrigeration container as they were transported across the Channel from France have received prison sentences of 27 and 20 years.

Ronan Hughes, 41, who ran a haulage company and organised the lorries and drivers to transport the migrants, was sentenced to 20 years at the Old Bailey on Friday. He pleaded guilty last year to 39 counts of manslaughter and conspiring to bring people into the country unlawfully.

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Crime
Monday 21 December 2020
Amelia Gentleman

People-smugglers convicted of manslaughter and of conspiring to transport migrants

Two people-smugglers have been found guilty of 39 counts of manslaughter for the suffocation of 39 Vietnamese people as they were being shipped in a sealed refrigeration trailer across the Channel in October last year.

Two drivers were also found guilty at the Old Bailey of conspiring to transport Vietnamese migrants from northern France to Britain. The verdicts came at the end of a trial which exposed for the first time a complex and lucrative operation which has for years illegally brought Vietnamese people into the UK.

Related: Essex police release names of Vietnamese lorry death victims

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Film
Tuesday 15 December 2020
Andrew Pulver
A tragic nightclub fire leads to a domino effect of consequences that cascade through Romanian society in Alexander Nanau’s exceptional documentaryFollow our countdown of the 50 best films of 2020 This absorbing, harrowing documentary from Romanian director Alexander Nanau shines a spotlight on an awful episode in the country’s recent history: a nightclub fire in 2015 that claimed 64 lives, many of them as a result of bacterial infections while they were being treated in hospital for their burns. The ensuing scandal exposed a seam of corruption and gangsterism in the medical authorities, and brought down the government.The bare details of what happened pack a hell of a punch. In the first few minutes of the film, we see footage from inside the club as the blaze takes hold: on-stage fireworks ignite wall panels during the live set of an angry metal band called Goodbye to Gravity. As realisation dawns on the band, and audience panic sets in, there’s a frantic scramble for the exit in a near-identical manner to the 2003 Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island that claimed even more lives. Related: Collective review – shocking exposé of needless deaths in Romania Continue ...
California
Thursday 3 December 2020

A new mysterious metal monolith has appeared atop a mountain in California, just a week after a similar structure captured the imagination of the world when it was discovered in the deserts of Utah – before disappearing. Amid mounting international attention of the mystery, a similar structure was reportedly found in the mountains of Romania - before it disappeared as well

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Sex trade
Monday 30 November 2020
Annie Kelly and Hazel Thompson
Sex traffickers can make profits of over £1m a year per brothel – and Covid lockdowns have only made it easier for them to operateThree weeks ago, police entered a brothel in south-east England after receiving intelligence about criminal activity there. Inside, they found eight Romanian women wearing face shields and masks, and laminated Covid-19 health and safety sheets on the wall. An industrial-size bottle of hand sanitiser stood by the front door.“On the surface, this did not look like a place where criminality and sexual exploitation was taking place,” says Cristina Huddleston, a trafficking victim support specialist who joined the raid that evening. Related: ‘We're bonded like sisters': the choir giving trafficked women a voice The majority of women who are targeted [by traffickers] are from extremely poor backgrounds, with a history of sexual abuse or domestic violenceA decade ago we knew where the brothels and massage parlours were in Greater Manchester. Now everything is done onlineIn the UK, suspected cases of trafficking and modern slavery can be reported to the national modern slavery helpline on 08000 121 700This article was amended on 5 January 2021 to make clear that a statistic referred to the Northumbria ...
Environment
Friday 27 November 2020
Stephen McGrath
An investigation into the Queen Hind sinking a year ago is yet to be published and the live export trade continues to boomRomania has been accused of “complete silence” over its investigation into the sinking of the Queen Hind last November, which resulted in the deaths of more than 14,000 sheep. Rescuers who rushed to the sinking Queen Hind vessel, which left Romania’s Black Sea port of Midia a year ago, managed to save just 228 sheep out of a total 14,600, but only 180 ultimately survived the ordeal.Romania’s prime minister Ludovic Orban vowed on television last year to end live exports in the “medium-term”. However, since the Queen Hind disaster more than 2 million live animals have been exported from Romania – mostly to north Africa and the Middle East.Romanian authorities have claimed the vessel was 10% below capacity and that the animals were “clinically healthy and fit for transport”. But campaigners say the vessel was overloaded and this ultimately led to the thousands of sheep drowning in the Black Sea.The only information to emerge since the sinking has been the discovery of secret compartments onboard with dead animals inside, by the company hired to remove the ship from the water.Romania’s ...
Wednesday 21 November 2018
China is actively seeking students from countries along its Belt and Road Initiative, including the Balkans, but experts say such countries must do more to build their own China expertise if they are to make the most of Beijing’s global outreach.
Thursday 15 November 2018
Distrust of Romania’s government is so high that the country risks being excluded from key decision while running the EU Council presidency in the first part of 2019, experts warn.
Friday 9 November 2018
Moves to lure foreign investors with citizenship offers may bring in some extra cash – but risk further tarnishing Moldova’s already damaged credibility, experts say. 
Thursday 8 November 2018
As Europe grows more critical of Israel’s policies towards Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is busy wooing new allies in the Balkans and Eastern Europe in order to divide the EU.
Wednesday 7 November 2018
Brussels says it suspects Moldova does not want to punish those behind an audacious $1 billion bank heist. Experts say that, for the ruling party, politics come first.
Monday 29 October 2018
After disagreements with the EU, Moldova’s ruling Democratic Party has adopted a more populist-nationalist stance ahead of elections in February – and could even resort to a post-poll alliance with pro-Russian forces.
Tuesday 23 October 2018
The deadlock over how to tax companies exploiting Romania’s Black Sea gas reserves is making investors nervous – and putting this hugely important energy project at risk.
Monday 22 October 2018
Having done nothing to implement its new defence strategy, Moldova seems bent on turning a blind eye to growing threats to its security.
Friday 19 October 2018
Experts say moves by the tax authority to oblige newlyweds to declare all their wedding suppliers may sound ridiculous – but form part of a justifiable clampdown on tax evasion and money laundering.
Wednesday 17 October 2018
The Social Democrat-led government’s sudden push to legalize civil partnerships is putting the party’s alliance with the country’s powerful Church in jeopardy.
Monday 15 October 2018
The Romanian Orthodox Church has lost some of its credibility by supporting the failed referendum against gay marriage – but even now, its power should not be underestimated.
Wednesday 10 October 2018
The discovery of five unlicensed cigarette factories in a single month undercuts claims by the Bulgarian government that it is winning the war on contraband tobacco, experts say.
Tuesday 9 October 2018
EU patience with Moldova is wearing thin four years after it signed an association deal designed to spur political and economic reform. 
Thursday 4 October 2018
Mobilizing the country against gay rights in a ‘family referendum’ has come as a very welcome diversion for an embattled political class facing accusations of corruption.
Monday 19 November 2018
Romania's ruling Social Democrats removed several critics of strongman Liviu Dragnea from the party and from government posts on Monday. 
Monday 19 November 2018
A Dutch writer who thought she had found a missing Picasso in Romania has now said she was the victim of a hoax.
Thursday 15 November 2018
Romanian police say raids have uncovered a scam under which crime gangs sold fake addresses in EU-member Romania to thousands of Moldovans.
Thursday 15 November 2018
Distrust of Romania’s government is so high that the country risks being excluded from key decision while running the EU Council presidency in the first part of 2019, experts warn.
Wednesday 14 November 2018
While Bulgaria's government expresses pleasure over the latest annual progress report on its anti-corruption and judicial reforms, critics accuse Brussels of letting the government off far too easily.
Wednesday 14 November 2018
Romania's government on Wednesday said it was considering whether to sue the European Commission over what it called a highly unjust report on the country's justice affairs – which the PM said had 'outraged' her.
Tuesday 13 November 2018
The European Parliament and European Commission criticised Romania's backtracking on corruption and the rule of law, less than two months before the country takes over the EU Council presidency.
Tuesday 13 November 2018
Bulgaria is the latest EU-member state to clarify that it will be not back the UN pact on migration, due to be signed next month in Marrakech, claiming it puts the national interest at risk.  
Saturday 10 November 2018
Romania's EU Affairs minister and coordinator of the EU Council presidency preparations resigned after a cabinet meeting, the country's government confirmed on Saturday. 
Friday 9 November 2018
A Romanian investigative project has accused the ruling party of intimidation, after the state data protection agency threatened it with a large fine, for using personal data in articles.
Friday 9 November 2018
Moves to lure foreign investors with citizenship offers may bring in some extra cash – but risk further tarnishing Moldova’s already damaged credibility, experts say. 
Thursday 8 November 2018
The Senate of Romania's parliament is set to decide on Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu's immunity after anti-graft prosecutors filed a request to investigate him for bribery.
Thursday 8 November 2018
As Europe grows more critical of Israel’s policies towards Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is busy wooing new allies in the Balkans and Eastern Europe in order to divide the EU.
Wednesday 7 November 2018
Brussels says it suspects Moldova does not want to punish those behind an audacious $1 billion bank heist. Experts say that, for the ruling party, politics come first.
Tuesday 6 November 2018
Controversial legislative changes in Bulgaria aimed at forcing media to reveal all their sources of funding have been criticised amid concerns that they could herald pressure on donors.
Tuesday 6 November 2018
The growing demand for Romanian passports is likely to further complicate already troubled Romania-Ukraine relations, experts say, as Kiev does not allow double citizenship.
Thursday 1 November 2018
At a meeting with Moldova's pro-Russian President Igor Dodon, who was seeking his backing before elections, Vladimir Putin overestimated the amount of Moldovan exports to Russia.
Wednesday 31 October 2018
Patriarch Kirill gave Moldova's pro-Russian President Igor Dodon an honour for his support for his country's Orthodox Church, which remains loyal to Moscow.
Wednesday 31 October 2018
Over 2,000 people marched through the Romanian capital on Tuesday night to commemorate the third anniversary of a fire that killed 64 and wounded 147 at a rock concert in Bucharest in 2015.
Tuesday 30 October 2018
After the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople agreed to recognise the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s independence from Moscow, Russia is seeking to strengthen ties with canonically subordinate allies.
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