European bison released into Romanian wild

May 18, 2014

European bison released into Romanian wild

Seventeen European bison were released in the Carpathian Mountains in Romania on Saturday, one of the largest re-introductions of the endangered mammal in Europe. The animals, which came from Sweden, Germany, Switzerland and Italy, were blessed by a local Orthodox priest in the southwestern ...

Eastern Europeans ask: Who's next?

| Mar 16, 2014

Eastern Europeans ask: Who's next?

by Alison Mutler

Broken promises of help from the West. A tragic history of Russian invasion that goes back centuries. A painful awareness that conflicts in this volatile region are contagious. These are the factors that make nations across Eastern Europe watch events in Ukraine — and ...

Historic Yiddish theater damaged by snowstorm in Romania

Jan 30, 2014

Historic Yiddish theater damaged by snowstorm in Romania

One of Europe’s oldest Yiddish theaters, the State Jewish Theater of Bucharest, has been forced to close down after its roof was damaged by the snowstorms sweeping Romania. “This is a disaster. About 30 percent of the theater roof has been destroyed. The stage ...

Jan 29, 2014

Accused, 19, denies intent to kill woman

A 19-year-old Japanese boy denied Tuesday that he intended to kill a woman that he and an 18-year-old Romanian boy stand accused of stabbing and robbing on a street in the western Tokyo suburb of Musashino last February. The boy, whose identity is being ...

Romanian migrant becomes star in Britain

Jan 6, 2014

Romanian migrant becomes star in Britain

The British media had warned of a flood of new Bulgarian and Romanian migrants arriving on Jan. 1, but judging by this past week’s coverage, they only appeared to have found one. Victor Spirescu, a 30-year-old Romanian, has become an unexpected star after flying ...

Germany grapples with rush of immigrants from Bulgaria, Romania

Jan 5, 2014

Germany grapples with rush of immigrants from Bulgaria, Romania

Germany, Europe’s top economy, is grappling with how to handle immigration from poor EU members Romania and Bulgaria now that their citizens can seek work anywhere within the bloc. Restrictions that barred residents from the European Union’s two poorest states looking for jobs in ...

Thousands protest Romania gold mine plans

Sep 16, 2013

Thousands protest Romania gold mine plans

An estimated 20,000 Romanians took to the streets Sunday to protest against a Canadian company’s plan to open Europe’s largest gold mine in the heart of Transylvania. Canadian firm Gabriel Resources hopes to extract 300 tons of gold in Rosia Montana with mining techniques ...

Aug 28, 2013

Romanian retirees outnumber workers

Romania counts more retirees than people working, a major “economic anomaly” that puts pension payments at risk in the coming years, economic newspaper Ziarul Financiar reported Tuesday. The ratio of retirees to workers is a major source of concern in several advanced countries — ...

Aug 12, 2013

Romania to begin huge art theft trial

The trial of six Romanians accused of being behind one of the most spectacular art thefts ever begins in Bucharest on Tuesday amid fears that masterpieces by Monet, Picasso and Gauguin may have been burned and lost forever. The mother of the main suspect ...

Romania's communist era lives on

Jul 27, 2013

Romania's communist era lives on

Sixty years ago, as the Iron Curtain sealed off Eastern Europe, Teodor Stanca was among millions sentenced to prison, death or forced labor for opposing communist rule. Today, as survivors of this dark page of history are getting older and fewer, 80-year-old Stanca says ...