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Capital - Romania | 08/10/2013

Russians dominate Moldovan business jungle

Representatives from Romania and the Republic of Moldova have announced closer economic cooperation after a meeting last week. But Bucharest's hope that Romanian investors may profit from the wave of privatisations of Moldovan state enterprises is naive, the business paper Capital believes - since the Russians have long reserved that market for themselves: "You can count the number of Romanian investors in Moldova on the fingers of one hand. Many have tried, including heavyweights of the Romanian economy, but only a few have remained. Business in Chişinău is done exclusively in Russian. It starts with the bills and covers the entire commercial sector, which is highly feudal and based on mistrust. ... The political intervention in society, the aggressiveness of state institutions and the widespread system of cronyism have long become universally accepted guarantees. ... The only investors who have thrived in this jungle are from Russia, or rather from the former Soviet Union."

Capital - Romania | 14/12/2011

Turkey not the best partner for Romania

During his state visit to Ankara Romanian President Traian Băsescu and his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gül signed several agreements on military and economic cooperation, with the aim of sealing a strategic partnership between their countries. The business paper Capital is sceptical: "For years now Erdoğan has put all his eggs in one basket: consumption. With the help of the central bank which has repeatedly lowered its interest rates, Turkish Banks have been able to offer cheap loans. This phenomenon was also prevalent in the formerly up-and-coming Europe before the Lehman Brothers insolvency. But in Turkey it continues unabated. ... Nevertheless the country offers more promises than certainties. And if its economy starts to falter and foreign policy conflicts continue to flare up, ultimately Turkey might not be the best choice for a privileged partnership with Romania. Our best option, as long as it lasts, is to go on benefiting from the Turks's appetite for consumption and increase our exports to the country."

Capital - Romania | 01/09/2011

Bulgaria ignores Romanian tourists

Bulgaria will earn an estimated 2.7 billion euros from tourism this year. But although a million of the roughly six million foreign tourists come from Romania they are for the most part ignored, according to the business paper Capital: "Whether it's on signs or on menus - nowhere is there a single word of Romanian. By contrast there's Russian, German and English everywhere you look, even though one in six tourists is Romanian. ... Even the Bulgarian press seems to have something against us. There's not a scrap of information about the Romanians In the tourism news, only about how many Russians come and how important the Germans are for tourism. This year 300,000 Russians will visit Bulgaria, a third of the number of Romanians, but the press only writes about the Russians. ... Perhaps these little oversights are a reaction to the pointless competition between the two countries that bring up the rear of the EU. We laugh about them, and they make money from us without getting any joy out of it."

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