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Pecican, Ovidiu

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România Liberâ - Romania | 07/03/2011

Romanians demonstrate love of nature

Under the patronage of the EU Commissioner for the Environment, a Czech environmental foundation has set up an online poll for people to vote on the European tree of the year for 2011. But the site had to be closed on Sunday as users were fraudulently trying to have a 500-year old linden tree from Transylvania take first place.The daily România Liberă sees this as proof of Romanians' love of nature: "It's hard to say just when the Romanians' interest in time-honoured trees dates back to. This seemingly deeply rooted behaviour shows that people's hearts beat louder for nature and history, although we live in an era in which entire forests are being chopped down and green spaces in cities are replaced by concrete slabs. ... We dedicate our attention to trees because they belong to our nation's symbolic heritage and are a product of the cultivated elite who served it. ... Possibly the attempt to set the linden tree in the village of Lelicenion on the Romanian public agenda means that people's civic spirit is slowly awakening. This has been badly damaged with the decline of national solidarity."

România Liberâ - Romania | 09/10/2009

The wounds will never heal

In her books the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in Literature Herta Müller deals among other things with her life under the Romanian dictatorship, writes the daily România Liberă: "The combination of these personal elements and the experiences of her parents' deportation in World War II from Dobrudscha [region in south-east Romania] and the USSR ... gives Herta Müller's texts a tragic dimension that transcends personal experience and makes her the spokeswoman of a larger message, that of the collective destiny of an archetype of suffering. ... Her writings bear a symbolic relevance not only for the Banat Swabians and not only for German culture on the Danube and in the Carpathians, but also for all those who were trodden underfoot by the communist system. We as Romanians have lost decades, sometimes amid desparation, persevering in the hopes of a better life. ... Herta Müller has not repudiated her country of origin and those who live here. ... Her various public statements ... are proof that the country she hails from still causes her pain, and that these wounds will never heal."

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