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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

Googling Victor Ponta 01/09/2012

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What do Romanians search for when they Google Prime Minister Victor Ponta? This is a highly unrepresentative study, conducted on 25th August 2012, based on the suggestions from Google.ro

Ponta nascut (born) 3,660,000 hits
Ponta inaltime (high, height) 695,000 hits
Ponta varsta (age) 7,040,000 hits
Ponta youtube 14,600,000 hits
Ponta zodie (zodiac) 1,130,000 hits The full results of the Google Victor Ponta study

Post-communist bizarreness 28/12/2010

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The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes in Romania has published the results of a new opinion survey about the regime described as “illegitimate and criminal” by President Traian Băsescu.1 Commentators have described the position of public opinion on the communist dictatorship as thoroughly “bizarre” and “ambivalent”. Read analysis of Romanian attitudes to the communist past

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

Former Romanian President: “Romania is run by a mafia led by Băsescu” 14/11/2010

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Former Romanian President Emil Constantinescu has sharply criticised current head of state Traian Băsescu. “There is no political life in Romania at the moment because the country is run by a mafia clan. There are no parties, ministries, nor a civil service, but in fact a mafia clan which works for clearly defined economic interests, and Traian Băsescu is the leader of that clan, ” said Constantinescu.

Emil Constantinescu’s comments were reported in an article by Alina Vasile in Adevărul on 23 October 2010.