Nicu Calcea

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Are We Europe: Fighting On All Fronts in Romania

Original source: Are We Europe

HOW DO YOU BRING ABOUT CHANGE? Do you do it through art, or technology, or words? Do you go protest on the streets? For people like Florin Bădiță, there’s no need to choose. A self-described problem solver, Florin is a man of many hats, but his efforts all lead to one goal: to use whatever means he has to make Romania a better place.

He explains his approach with an example: “My activist self wanted to gather data about spendings on Christmas decorations from all the cities in Romania,” he explains. “My geek self gathered all the email addresses for every city and sent 326 “Freedom of Information” requests for the data, and created a program where I could keep track of who replied and when. My artist self wanted to display the data so that people could see the results visualized.”


London Student: Londoners more likely to go to university than rest of UK

Original source: London Student

Recent reports show that young people from London are more likely to go to university than those from the rest of the UK.

Around 42.4 per cent of London-based 18-year-olds were admitted in higher education last year, an increase of 0.7 per cent from 2017. According to the “2018 End of Cycle Report” published by UCAS, Londoners had a 32 per cent higher chance to be admitted to university than their peers in the rest of England.


London Student: Is University Still Worth Enroling In?

Original source: London Student

Hundreds of thousands of students enrol in universities across the UK each year. Teenagers in England and Scotland were more likely to go to university in 2018 than ever before, figures published by UCAS show. Many of them believe that a university degree will help them land better jobs. More than half of students say they went to university because they wanted to pursue a particular career, according to a 2017 survey.


VoC: Who will represent Moldovans?

Original source: Voices of Change

On the 7th of April, 2009, around 30,000 Moldovans watched as their parliament and the presidential building burned in what the international media would later call the first “Twitter revolution” when foreign journalists were not allowed to enter Moldova and protesters went to Twitter to inform the world about what was going on. Most of them were young people who were there to protest against what they saw as fraudulent elections won by the Communists Party. This generation would go on to enlist in pro-European parties, volunteer for various social causes and ask for repeat elections.


CitySpy: Wurst of Times for Prague Sausage Vendors

Original source: CitySpy Prague

PRAGUE – Municipal officials have let the leases on their stalls expire, revoked their licences and imposed fines, but sausage vendors in the Czech capital’s historic centre refuse to go away.

Stepping out into the bustling Wenceslas Square tourists hear the noise of the crowd, drink in the medieval architecture of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and are followed everywhere by the pungent smell of pork frying in stalls just steps from the statue of the Republic’s patron Saint Wenceslas.

RISE Moldova: Secret holding company of a minister

Original source: RISE Moldova
Romanian: RISE Moldova

Documents obtained by RISE from Italy, Cyprus and Romania reveal that Minister of Transport Iurie Chirinciuc controls Cavio, an Italian furniture holding company, via a close family associate. Another set of documents shows how people who represented Chirinciuc’s interests were appointed deputy ministers in his ministry.


The Italian company Cavio SRL sells luxury furniture on three continents. Its major factory is located in the province of Verona in Italy. Cavio owns two commercial outlets in Italy, one in Moldova and six in Ukraine. Its furniture is sold in more than 30 countries through official dealers and permanent retailers.

sic!: Șeful CSM diminuează numărul judecătorilor puși sub învinuire

Sursa originală: sic!

Nu, justiția nu­-i așa de putredă precum o arată sondajele. Cel puțin asta vrea președintele Consiliului Superior al Magistraturii să o credem.

În cadrul unei ediții a emisiunii Pahomi de la Realitatea TV, Victor Micu a pus la îndoială calitatea sondajelor care arată lipsa de încredere a cetățenilor în sistemul de justiție. Șeful CSM a zis că știe el un alt sondaj, făcut „cu câțiva ani în urmă de către niște ONG­-uri”, fără a specifica însă despre ce sondaj este vorba.

TOL: The Hidden Assets of Moldova’s Gun Shop Bosses

Original source: Transitions Online

Even though the directors of state-owned enterprises have a legal obligation to publish asset declarations, the administrators of gun shops avoided the law and have hidden their luxury villas, businesses and recent income from National Integrity Commission (NIC). The boss from Cartuș started completing his declaration just after we made some requests to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and NIC.

Cartuș is a gun shop owned by the MIA. According to their financial report for 2012, the company managed by Vasile Gondiu cashed 17.7 million lei from sales.