A Few Glimpses of History

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

I have always been fascinated by history because I believe that if we know the past then we better understand the present, prevent painful history to be repeated and eventually anticipate the future. For a diplomat, understanding and respecting the history and culture of the host country is a prerequisite for any correct professional judgement.

Romanian And Bulgarian Crime In Britain 'Falling Not Rising'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK

Despite doomsday predictions of a crime wave following the arrival of Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants in January 2014, the number of arrests has bar...

Brutal Massacre at Four Paws Dog Shelter, Romania

Rita Pal | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK
Rita Pal

On Friday, 21st March 2014, several dog catchers from the Authority for the Supervision and Protection of Animals [ASPA] brutally raided the intern...

A New Report Blames Anti-Immigrant Prejudice On The Government

Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Politics

The public's fears and prejudices of immigration from Romania and Bulgaria was fuelled by government shortcomings a report by MPs has said. Failure...

A Life Less Beautiful - The Legacy of the Immigration Debate

Alina Müller | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Politics
Alina Müller

With the pressure that the current immigration discourse is putting on Romanians and Bulgarians living in the UK, it wouldn't be surprising if the girl with the beautiful high cheekbones didn't take my friend's question as a genuine invitation to talk a bit about herself and as an opportunity to learn something about him.

Government Faces Legal Action After Suspending EU Student Loans

The Huffington Post UK | Anna Rhodes | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Romanian and Bulgarian students are launching a legal challenge against the government after their student loans and grants were suspended. Out of ...

Do Migrants See The UK As 'Closed For Business'?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK

Growing concerns that migrants see the UK as "closed for business" could be confirmed by official migration figures set to the be released on Monday. ...

Daily Mail Amends Romania Story After Figures On Flights Released

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK

Dire warnings from Ukip and right-wing commentators that flights from Romania and Bulgaria were packed to the rafters and coaches sold out months in ...

The Case of Romanians' 'Benefit Tourism' Is a Myth

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

The reality is that in the case of Romanians 'benefit tourism' is a myth because from 5.7million working age benefit claimants in the UK last year, only 1,740 were Romanians, which represents 0.03% of the total claimants, or 1.45% of the Romanian community in Britain. To compare, the percentage of working age benefit claimants for the whole UK population is 9.5%.

Jessica Elgot

Romanians Less Interested In UK.. But British Firms Are Crying Out For Them | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK

Recruitment figures from Romania have poured cold water on the notion that its citizens are desperate to move to Britain, and instead reveal how Briti...

Jessica Elgot

Romanian Medical Staff Now In Highest Demand, As Britain Struggles For Nurses | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK

The NHS is recruiting GPs, intensive care nurses and neonatal experts from Romania, with the dire shortage of nursing students in the UK blamed for th...

Britain's Religious Leaders Right to Stand Up for Europe's Roma

Kate Allen | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK
Kate Allen

Claudia, for example, a woman in her late 20s, was made to live in a small room with her husband, her three sons, her parents and her brother's family - all 11 of them, sharing a bathroom with 30 others. After more than three years of this mistreatment, no alternatives have been offered to their ghastly inadequate living conditions. Imagine if something similar was happening here in Britain. There would be outrage if a local council behaved this way. So it is not surprising that 23 senior religious leaders in the UK... have chosen to make a stand to defend the rights of these families who have been subject of discrimination in Romania.

Canine Cruelty In Craiova

Rita Pal | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Rita Pal

The bitter winter of 2014 is passing and dogs have mysteriously disappeared leaving a river of blood and the evidence destroyed. Any tourist visiting should remember the haunting screams, the cries for help and the eventual cruel demise of these defenseless creatures. This is the dark secret of Craiova - The European Capital of Canine Cruelty.

Why Has Britain Declared War On An Imaginary Enemy? Laments Romanian MEP

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK

A senior Romanian politician has launched a angry attack on David Cameron, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, accusing Britain of having "declared war ag...

Romanian Vampires to British Empires

Stephen Fear | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Fear

I understand the concern of many people in the UK who feel that immigration is generally bad, and that a flood of Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants will affect their job prospects, or those of their offspring, but personally I think moderate immigration is a good thing.

Daily Mail Guilty Of Running 'Entirely Untrue' Stories About Immigration, Says Government Peer

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics

The Daily Mail was guilty of publishing "absurd" and "entirely untrue" stories about Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants, a member of the government has...

How Online Money Transfers May Be Exploiting the UK's Immigrants

Jessica Kröger | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK
Jessica Kröger

It's therefore important for customers to be aware that various MTOs charge vastly different rates for the exact same service. For instance, moving £120 from the UK to India may cost a mere £2.90 through one provider and £10 through another.

Romanians' Migration to the UK: Predictions Versus Reality

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

From 8,000 to 385,000 (not to speak about 29million) it is a huge field open to speculations exploited by tabloid media and xenophobic politicians.

What Happened To The 'Flood' Of Romanians And Bulgarians?

Posted 01.02.2014 | UK

The floodgates have been open for a month. In the weeks leading up to January 1, when Romanian and Bulgarian citizens secured the right to come to ...

The 2013 Golden Bear Winner on a Miniscule Budget - A Lesson to Be Learnt ?

Clive Botting | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

Cristian Mungiu's 2007 Palme d'Or winner, '4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days' and Cristi Puiu's 'The Death of Mr Lazarescu' show the strength and quality of the Romanian New Wave.

Russia Is Losing Its Grip on European Energy Supply

David Clark | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Politics
David Clark

Russia pulled off a major diplomatic coup in November by inducing Ukraine to abandon its proposed association agreement with the EU, the consequences of which are currently being played out on the streets of Kiev. But it would wrong to assume that Russia now calls all the shots in relations with its ex-Soviet neighbour...

Why Every Child Must Visit Auschwitz

Tom Walters | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Walters

A couple of weeks ago I took a trip to Auschwitz. It was the day before New Year's Eve and the weather was surprisingly good. The temperature should have been about fifteen degrees colder for the time of year, or at least that it what we were told...

24 January 2014: 155 Years Since the Creation of the Modern Romanian State - Remembering Lord Palmerston

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

Every year on 24 January Romanians celebrate one of the most important - and probably most affectionate - moments in the history of their country, the Union of the Principalities of Wallachia and Moldova.

Want a Poorer Britain?

Harley Miller | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Harley Miller

While the majority celebrated the end of 2013 and welcomed in 2014, others were dreading, if not actually fearing 1 January. On Twitter and Facebook, some people were truly scared, thinking that "Britain will stop existing as we know it". The reason? Well, the Romano-Bulgarian invasion, of course!

Why is Everyone Talking Rubbish About 'Europe'?

Sam Fowles | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

I'm trying really hard to remember a time when we could go a whole week without having to have a national moan about "Europe"*. I mean I get it, I really do. All that great food, fantastic culture and nice weather. Not to mention Germany and France's positively infuriating collective predilection for paying people properly and according them proper employment rights.