Great Expectations: The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

With 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and 169 targets set for the period 2016-2030, the 2030 Agenda could become a triumph for multilateralism, if it will be followed by concrete implementation. Great expectations reclaim great responsibilities. It is up to our political leaders to move towards that vision, through a spirit of global solidarity.

East Is East, and West Is West, and Slowly the Twain Shall Meet

Jethro Shirley-Smith | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jethro Shirley-Smith

And from my little terrace, Kipling was so right; East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet. Nestled in a far, gentle corner of Eastern Europe, Predeluţ couldn't be much further from the noise and agitation of the West, even if it tried.

Stranger in New York

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

I have landed to New York City on August 4th at 12.55, coming from London and bringing in my suitcase many dear memories from the seven and a half years spent as Ambassador of Romania to the United Kingdom.

Thoughts Before Leaving Britain

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

In 1993, when I first came to Britain to study International Relations at the University of Leeds, I did not dream that one day I will be back as Ambassador of my country to the Court of St James's...

Open City Documentary Festival: Observing the Grand Jury Winner

Carla Cretan | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Carla Cretan

The film brings a story with a potential fallout into stereotypical politics and subliminal NGOs slogans but it maintains the focus on human nature, behavioural character formation and education: if there is will, there is power.

In Celebration of Freedom and Justice

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

Sealing the Magna Carta was a major event in the journey of democracy. Justice and freedom are at the foundation of our society and it is our duty to act in their defense when the legal international order is challenged. By doing so, we pay tribute to all those who have developed the rule of law to protect us against injustice and abuse of power.

Mr Cameron's Eastern European Problem

Andra Orasanu | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Andra Orasanu

When discussing the limits of free movement, the Prime Minister might want to focus less on the benefit-scrounging genes common to all Eastern Europeans. Instead, he could be constructive and empathise with the toll emigration takes on sending countries - skills shortages, social problems, or the €3bn Romania has lost training doctors that end up abroad.

Reflections About the Romani Gypsies and Romania

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

What is now clear to me is that the Romani Gypsies are just misunderstood and this new book gives us the opportunity to gain insight into their culture and eventually find a way to accommodate them better.

Romania's Monty Python Institutions

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Romania's diplomats, cabinet ministers and senior civil servants are often like this and they glide effortlessly between international postings, NATO missions, summit meetings, the European Parliament and the major capital cities of the world.

Why Two Russian Bears Are Symbolic of the Suffering That Millions of Wild Animals Face on a Daily Basis, Around the World

Mike Baker | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK
Mike Baker

The two Sochi bears represent a tiny window on the huge and growing problem of wild animals used in entertainment. But sometimes, it's the cases of individual suffering that tell the story a little more readily, and have the power to effect change for a far greater number.

Celebrating 800 Years of Democracy: Magna Carta Libertatum

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

Above all, we must make it clear that Justice and Rule of Law are non-negotiable ingredients of our way of living. This is the legacy left by the Magna Carta Libertatum.

The Beauty of Getting Lost

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

There's also a delicious irony in the fact that after all that planning, saving and struggling to get away the best thing you can do when you arrive is get lost. This is what management gurus would say is "counter-intuitive" (i.e. it doesn't make sense) and I'd like to explain.

Romania: Memories of a Successful Revolution

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

I was just getting into journalism as the countries of Central Europe started to throw off the Soviet yoke, but I knew little about Romania and had hated it when I visited in 1986. I had just got my foot in the door at Scotland on Sunday, an Edinburgh-based Sunday paper, and I was asked to cover the Romanian revolution, propelling me from the obscure foreign news section to the front page.

Immigrant Data Bound To Give Ukip A Headache

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK

Immigrants from Eastern Europe contributed £5 billion to the UK economy over an 11-year period, according to new research data. The research showe...

Jessica Elgot

What Miliband's 14-Year-Old Romanian Beggar Really Tells Us About Britain | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK

Poverty and human rights campaigners have expressed alarm at the revelation that the young girl begging for change pictured with Labour leader Ed Mili...

A Slice of History: Romanian Army's Day

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

70 years ago, on 25 October 1944, the Romanian Army liberated the town of Carei in North-West of the country. It was the complete liberation of North-West Transylvania from foreign ruling and administration, following the outrageous Vienna Diktat in 1940 arbitrated by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.

An Exploration of Ukraine's EU Neighbours in Light of the Ukraine Crisis

Niki O'Brien | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK
Niki O'Brien

As fighting in Eastern Ukraine continues with Russia backing the pro-Russian rebels, implications for Ukraine's Western neighbours are increasingly apparent.

Jessica Elgot

'Gypsies, Tramps, And Thieves' How The Press Demonised Romanians | Jessica Elgot | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK

British newspapers demonised Romanians as "gypsies, tramps and thieves" but insulted Bulgarians far less in the year preceeding the lifting of EU work...

When Will the Help Come?

Kirsty Higginson | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Higginson

I have been wanting to write this article for an extremely long time. I have stumbled and tormented myself so many times with this piece as to how I could even begin to voice my boulders of darkness. I wanted to translate to you, the reader, the horrific pain mental illness can bring, and to put the raw emotions into words which you will understand

Romanian Immigration Is Up - But Ukip's Sums Were Off By A Pretty Long Way

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK

The number of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants to the UK has increased by 13,000 since labour restrictions were lifted in January, but analysts say the...

John Major Praises 'Guts And Drive' Of Immigrants

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK

Sir John Major has praised the "very Conservative instinct" of immigrants come to Britain to "better themselves and their families". In an apparent...

How Could I Imagine Voting for Ukip, If I'm Truly Honest? Is Being Cool About Immigration Just a Middle Class Perk?

Tim Samuels | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Samuels

Peering deep down into the less ideological depths of your nakedly self-interested soul to ask: what would it genuinely take to vote Ukip? In my case, what might have made me rail against allowing any old Romanian or Bulgarian to pitch up and work here? What could have tipped my pencil to the Ukip box?

Horror in Romanian Dog Shelters - Exposed

Rita Pal | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK
Rita Pal

Visit Romania. MK Gandhi once said, "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated". Romania has suffered a number of...

A Global View on Responsible Mining - a reality in the 21st century

Catalin Hosu | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK
Catalin Hosu

In the past years, there has been a massive movement against mining in general and against gold mining throughout the world. The voices that stand aga...

'They Were Lucky' - Afghan Immigrants Rescued From Dinghy

PA | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK

Nine suspected illegal immigrants had to be rescued when they became stranded on a small power boat in the English Channel. Their rigid inflatable ...