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International Herald Tribune – April 1, 2008 – “Blacksliding on reform is seen in new EU states”

“BRUSSELS: The European Union’s eastward expansion aimed to cement former Communist countries into a bloc committed to pluralism, democracy and good government. But the new members have a worrying tendency to backslide and succumb to “reform fatigue,” according to a
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Romanian anti-graft drive at risk, campaigners warn – 24/06/2007

Reuters Rights groups warned on Sunday, June 24, that attempts by Romania’s government and parliament to pass laws protecting private interests risk undermining the new European Union member’s anti-corruption reforms. “Laws … made for certain companies, persons … that is
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The Decay of Civil Society in the 27th EU State

Tom Gallagher in Romania libera – April 19, 2007 The nationalism of Romania’s pioneer aviator Aurel Vlaicu was reinforced by the years he spent in the citadel of Habsburg power. After 1989, Romanians who have received grants to study in
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Financial Times – March 2, 2007

FT REPORT – ROMANIA: Nation watches as former allies end their honeymoon “Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, head of the Romanian Academic Society, a public policy and research group, says the government will have dropped all pretensions toward continuing reform if Ms Macovei
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Romanian NGOs in pro-Justice Minister rally

Romania Report – February 28, 2007 Bucharest, Feb. 27 – Six Romanian NGOs organized a rally to support fight against top level corruption and Justice minister Monica Macovei, whose resignation is asked by the Parliament. The protest was led by
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International Herald Tribune – January 14, 2007

Bulgaria and Romania bolster far right profile in EU Parliament The Greater Romania Party, which got 13 percent of the vote in 2004 parliamentary elections, is unlikely to have a significant European agenda, said Sorin Ionita, an analyst at the
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International Herald Tribune – January 1, 2007

Newest EU citizens wonder what it will mean As Romania enters an expanded EU of 27 nations, much remains to be done. With accession, said Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, a political analyst, Romanians will no longer be able to blame history and
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Reuters – December 25, 2006

Romania communists nostalgic week before EU entry Romania’s diehard communists lit candles on the grave of former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu on the 17th anniversary of his death yesterday, looking with trepidation to the country’s European Union accession in a week.
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Uniting with Kabul

BBC Monitoring/Romania libera – February 18, 2010 Feb 18, 2010 (BBC Monitoring via COMTEX) — [Commentary by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi: “Uniting With Kabul”] Will Romania unite with Moldova or not? Should we read Moscow’s press, we might think that the unification
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Christian Science Monitor – December 28, 2006

Why cops in Sofia don’t want your bribe In Romania, for example, the Coalition for a Clean Parliament forced some 100 candidates to withdraw from 2004 elections because of corruption allegations. “EU pressure helped us grow from an army of
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