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Farewell, Basescu! 25/01/2015

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Basescu has left office. The former President of Romania was with us for a good while. During his office, Romania joined the EU and fought off a financial crisis, and Basescu was suspended from office not once but twice. It can only be a matter of time before charges are brought against him, so it seemed like the moment to take stock and see what Romanians search for when they Google their former president.

This study was conducted completely unscientifically on 1 January 2015: I went to www.google.ro, switched the language to Romanian, entered Basescu followed by random letters and noted the search suggestions and the number of hits.

And what do the results tell us? Well, this being 2014, Russia and the Ukraine featured among the top search suggestions, accompanied by the ice bucket challenge and Romanian tennis sensation Simona Halep. Read more of the Basescu Google searches study

Coming soon: Ceauşescu tours! 22/10/2011

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Romanian Tourism Minister Elena Udrea proposes to organise tours of the country’s communist past. These tours – which couldn’t be offered anywhere else in the world  – could be a hit. So says Ştefan Liuţe, co-founder and strategy director at Grapefruit, one of the largest branding agencies in Romania. Read more about Ceauşescu tours

Securitate Television – evidence of the journalistic practices of Romanian TV stations 26/06/2011

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As the target of numerous press campaigns, I asked myself at the beginnings of my political career why I am attacked so often. As I began to understand a little how things work in politics and the press, I realised that there are two answers: either it is blackmail, or it serves a political interest. Read more about the media’s attacks on Elena Udrea

Googling Elena Udrea 25/12/2010

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Just what do Romanians search for when they google Tourism Minister Elena Udrea? This unscientific Google study offers some unexpected answers. Read on

“Good bye, Elena Udrea!” 23/12/2010

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The resignation of state counsellor Elena Udrea has been accepted. Today President Traian Băsescu will sign a decree releasing her from her functions. Asked yesterday to comment on his counsellor’s gesture, the head of state did not make any statement. He only said a polite “Good bye!”. Journalists have translated this as: “Good bye, Elena Udrea!”. Read more on Elena Udrea’s resignation

Elena Udrea in her own words 10/10/2010

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Because if I’m going to slate her, it’s only fair to give her a chance to put forward her side of the story.

I am 36 years’ old and was born in Buzău, a provincial city in southeast Romania (and not in the village of Pleşcoi, as some persist in saying). I am a Capricorn and, like all those born under that sign, I am disciplined, ambitious and tenacious to the point of stubbornness. I am very loyal, and anyone who wins my trust has a friend for life.
I am a normal woman with an ordinary life. Anyone who thinks that I eat caviar daily and that I spend my time between the hairdresser’s and the boutiques is mistaken. I have friends who mean the world to me. I have a mother who gets worked up everyday about the untruths that are written about me. I try to comfort her as much as I can. Sometimes I get emotional; sometimes I’m stressed. I have days when I feel terrific and day when I don’t feel up to much, like anybody. Read more about Elena Udrea>

Elena Udrea: Minister of Conjugal Tourism 26/09/2010

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Controversial figures and entrepreneurs with dubious pasts have made their way into the government formed by prime minister elect Emil Boc on 18 December 2008. Emil Boc’s cabinet has brought both the right (the Democratic-Liberal Party – PDL) and the left (the Social Democratic Party – PSD) into government. The cabinet awaits Parliament’s endorsement.

The government is one of dubious combines. Elena Udrea, the PDL’s nominee for Tourism Minister, is an important satellite on the orbit of businesses with the logo “Alexandru Bittner – Adrian Petrache”, an axis which President Traian Băsescu once described as “Adrian Năstase’s personal mafia”. More on Elena Udrea