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Adevârul - Romania | 28/04/2011

Romania's politicians abuse their power

The Romanian minister for employment Ioan Botiş resigned on Wednesday after the media exposed a conflict of interest in the payment of EU funding to an NGO. The daily Adevărul is not surprised by the Botiş affair considering that politicians frequently abuse their power: "In the past two decades politics has degenerated into an opportunistic machinery for personal enrichment. As a state dignitary you have the power to open doors, and people pick up the phone when you call. You have access to European funding. You can place your relatives at banks, international companies and government authorities. You can win bids and also contracts without calls for tenders, and many other things. All this is on offer for politicians. Some give up their professions and vie for posts in one of the parties. Some have failed in their previous careers because they were incompetent and see in politics an unexpected chance of employment. Others have been successful in their careers but want more - status, influence, money. Politics is the promised land - an El Dorado."

Adevârul - Romania | 20/01/2011

Stelian Tănase on Romanian pseudo captialism

The Romanian writer Stelian Tănase sharply criticises in the daily Adevărul the development of his country since the fall of the communist dictatorship in 1989: "The communist nomenclature simply adapted to the new system. The result is a labyrinthine pseudo capitalism that can no longer be called communism but is also not a market economy. The state monopolies were replaced by equally noxious private monopolies  The old ruling class just changed out of its red suit and into an ideologically neutral one. ... They've developed into a brazen-faced cartel of rogues. They simulate democracy and capitalism and style themselves as bourgeois. ... They've developed a political and moneyed mafia by means of which they've adapted every major change in Romanian society to their own needs. They've divided Romania up among them like a booty for several generations. ... And our political class is at the beck and call of this class of so-called capitalists, which has only been able to come to maturity through violence. ...If a story starts poorly (December 1989), it can't have a happy end."

Adevârul - Romania | 07/05/2009

European elections: Abstention will be the rule

The most recent parliamentary elections last autumn left many Romanians frustrated because the politicians and parties have failed to keep their promises. Stelian Tanase writes in the daily Adevărul about the connection between national and European elections: "I believe the reason [for the indifference of the voters] is not just that Brussels is so far away; it's also what happened in the last elections. … I detect a certain carelessness in the repetition of the same old techniques that almost everyone recognises. I'm not sure whether the 'promise everyone everything' formula will work this time. … June 7 will basically be a test of how voters react to the tricks of the politicians. Have they learned their lesson from the bluff last autumn or can they forgive and forget this quickly? Abstention will be the rule, but the direction the vote takes will tell us something about the collective short-term memory."

Adevârul - Romania | 09/04/2009

Soviet ambitions live on

The daily Adevărul writes about police action against the demonstrators in the Moldovan capital of Chişinău: "The scenario has a long tradition in communist dictatorships. It was played out in Berlin in 1953, in Budapest in 1956, during the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia and when [General Wojciech] Jaruzelski declared martial law [in Poland] on December 13, 1981. Now the events are following the same 'pattern'. There is talk of a confrontation with the power of a state that is controlled by several Kremlin-affiliated 'interest groups'. … [Russian President Dmitry] Medvedev and [Prime Minister Vladimir] Putin are still caught up in their dreams of an empire. If we look at what is happening in Transnistria or in the Kaliningrad enclave we understand that the ambitions of the ex-Soviet military-industrial complex are still alive and kicking."

Dilema Veche - Romania | 11/12/2007

Stelian Tanase on Romania's intellectuals

In an interview with Andrei Manolescu, Romanian political scientist Stelian Tanase talks about intellectuals in Romania's neo-capitalist system. "The intellectuals are among the big losers ... because the main problem for today's intellectuals is that there's no demand for their products. When you don't sell more than 1,000 copies of a book - and I'm talking about a successful book here - you start asking yourself why you bother writing, not necessarily because you're vain but because all authors need to provoke a certain response to realise their true value, and under these conditions an author doesn't receive the necessary support. Many intellectuals earn their living doing other things and lower their value as a result. This is not opportunism but a form of survival in a society that doesn't provide sufficient prestige."

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