It is not for me to suggest that Rosia Montana holds the only solution to Romania's problems; nor that it is the only project with the capacity to boost Romania's economy; nor that it will single-handedly solve the area's unemployment. However Rosia Montana is one possible solution to so many of these problems.
The arguments supporting the project which are used by the Canadian mining company, Gabriel Resources and borrowed by many Romanian politicians... seem reasonable at first glance. Well, that is until you put them in context and realise the paradoxes lying behind them. Let's take them one by one...
Romania's National Council for Audio Visual (CNA), whose job it is to ensure that TV and radio stations operate in an environment
It is worth asking whether the protests, never as large as they have been reported, really do represent any significant body of public opinion in Romania. Recent polls suggest this is not the case.
How did a bunch of peasant farmers and volunteers, operating on a shoestring budget with no access to the national media, manage to block one of the biggest investments in Romania? I went to the remote mountain village of Rosia Montana, located in the Apuseni mountains in western Romania, to find out.