Romanian poet George Bacovia observed that Romania is a sad country, but one full of humor.
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Many of the citizens of Transylvania in Romania are of Hungarian descent and speak Hungarian.
Yes, the far right performed well in Europe's elections. But wherever voters had a clear choice between economic democracy and right-wing xenophobia, they went left.
Unlike Poland, Hungary or Yugoslavia, Romania saw no critical socialist movement emerge in response to the orthodox Communists in power.
The late Romanian sociologist Nicolae Gheorghe hoped to see the Roma model a transnational society, broader and freer than nation-states.
Despite a worldwide reduction in poverty, the economic situation of Roma in East-Central Europe has declined.
How chance encounters with pimps, prostitutes, and black marketeers make unplanned travels worthwhile.