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Lazescu, Alexandru

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Revista 22 - Romania | 29/12/2014

Russia seeks ideological confrontation

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his people are generally united by a pact in which Putin ensures prosperity and in exchange the Russian people accept his autocratic regime, but with the annexation of Crimea and the sanctions imposed by the EU Putin has changed his course, the weekly paper Revista 22 notes: "Putin demands of his people that they support the geopolitical confrontation against a hostile West that wants to destroy Russia. ... But why does Russia believe this? Because this confrontation lends Moscow geopolitical clout. ... Moreover, for Moscow the threat from the West is not military but of a different nature: the Ukrainian and Western societal model is irreconcilable with the current political regime in Moscow. ... Therefore the Kremlin is trying to wrap up the geopolitical confrontation in an ideological package. Because what this confrontation is really about is fundamentally changing the status quo that has prevailed for the last 25 years in Europe."

Revista 22 - Romania | 29/09/2014

Romanian Hungarians more radical than ever

The Hungarian association in Romania UDMR is calling for an autonomous Hungarian province of "Szeklerland" in Transylvania to be enshrined in the county's constitution. It demands that the province be given sweeping rights of self-administration including the right to levy its own taxes, with Hungarian as the official language. There are three reasons for the radical nature of this project, the weekly paper Revista 22 writes: "Firstly, the rise of the Jobbik party's nationalist extremists in Hungary has caused Fidesz, the governing party in Budapest, to adopt a more radical discourse. Secondly, the annexation of Crimea and the Scottish referendum - albeit unsuccessful - have triggered a wave of fervour among separatist movements across Europe. Thirdly, the UDMR must bow to the nationalist discourse of Orbán's government in Budapest. After all, the Hungarians in Romania follow politics in Hungary on the TV. ... If the the Romanian leadership sees the UDMR project as relatively harmless, it's also because it could prevent far more problematic situations, such as violent street protests in Transylvania spurred on by Jobbik."

Revista 22 - Romania | 14/08/2013

Media more dependent than ever on investors

After the purchase of The Washington Post by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the former head of the Romanian public television station TVR, Alexandru Lazescu, fears in the weekly paper Revista 22 for the future of quality journalism: "The way things look now, apart from television channels like CNN or BBC there will be just a handful of publications that attract attention around the globe. A few million people are ready to pay for premium content offered by the Financial Times, The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal or other special interest media. The rest will hardly have a chance of survival. In the UK a Russian magnate has taken over the daily Evening Standard - with all its debts - for one pound, while in France the businessman and weapons dealer Serge Dassault controls Le Figaro. ... And here in Romania things are even worse. A large part of the media is financed by dubious enterprises. ... And we shouldn't kid ourselves. Blogs, Facebook and Google can't replace reporters on location or the substantial research they do."

Revista 22 - Romania | 26/06/2009

Romanian right-wing extremists paper tigers at best

Romania is now represented in the European Parliament by two MEPs from the Greater Romania Party PRM: the right-wing extremist football club owner Gigi Becali and the long-standing PRM chairman Vadim Tudor. The weekly magazine Revista 22 writes that "the kind of extremism for which Vadim and Becali stand is at best a paper tiger. They are cowardly, lying and raucous politicians lacking the tiniest scrap of ideological conviction. For that reason it is very difficult to imagine that - apart from in our own media circus - they should play a significant role in the European Parliament or exert any influence at all. Especially considering that Gigi Becali has even been banned from leaving the country [because of legal proceedings]. ... Paradoxically, the only difficult thing is to say what's more striking: the pseudo-extremism of the two or the decision by voters to cast their ballots for such political cowards."

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