In Romania, the small Transylvanian village of Viscri has become a magnet for tourists, including the Prince of Wales. I went to find out why, and to see what impact it’s been having.
The village of Viscri has seen a steep increase in visitors in recent years
When the pandemic hit , migrant workers in the EU – some of whom have spent years away from their families – were faced with new hurdles. This is the story of two women from Transylvania, who commute to care jobs in Austria every month
A strict lockdown in March helped prevent a dramatic spread of the virus. But as restrictions have been eased infections are rising rapidly.
Special forces have been deployed to enforce a strict lockdown of Romania’s notorious town of Tandarei
Three Sri Lankan bakers who moved to a quiet town in Romania unexpectedly found themselves at the centre of an anti-immigration storm.
Eugen Vaida runs the Ambulance for Monuments in Romania—a team that travels around the countryside rescuing old, decrepit buildings. Outlook’s Stephen McGrath went to meet him.
Three decades have passed since the fall of communism and Romania is now a functioning, democratic EU country with a growing economy. But for some, scars from the bloody days of the 1989 revolution remain.
Recent murders highlight destructive battle between those trying to protect ancient forests and illegal loggers.
A spate of deadly bear attacks in Romania has raised fears that the population of Europe’s largest protected carnivore is increasing beyond control.
Forest ranger Liviu Pop was responding to a tip-off about illegal logging when he was shot dead with a hunting rifle this week.
The Saxons first arrived in Romania’s Transylvania region in the 12th Century, but over the past few decades the community has all but vanished from the region.
This city, compact and cultural, cuts a figure as European as any of its EU counterparts: it is steeped in history, has impressive architecture, quaint cobbled streets and squares lined with coffee shops and restaurants.
An attack on a Jewish cemetery has alarmed Romania’s dwindling Jewish community
The one-metre stunt resonated among Romanians fed up with the state of their roads
A Sun Online investigation reveals more than 300 of these villas have been built, paid for by the hundreds of children sent to beg and steal on the streets of Britain
In the Transylvanian winter, firewood is fundamental to survival but that only adds to its joy, says Stephen McGrath
A new app is aimed at helping people swap the city for the great outdoors
Romanian authorities have failed to protect the house where Constantin Brancusi grew up
Interview with talkRadio about Romania’s controversial gay marriage referendum
A story of a Transylvanian count who is restoring his family’s ancestral castle decades after it was confiscated from them during communism.
Discover a rural hideaway that’s big on food, and is near the city that inspired the vampire legend
As Brexit nears, Stephen McGrath spoke to talkRadio about life in Romania
In 2012, Magureanu, 38, saw an old Dacia 2000 on a local website and bought the vehicle for 1,500 euros. He knew that it was rare.
Romania’s democracy is looking increasingly fragile. Last week, tens of thousands of people gathered on the streets of Bucharest to vent their anger at the Social Democrat (PSD)-led government.
Each night we collect a bucket of water from the well, warm up it up on a small wood burner, strip down in the courtyard and economically wash off the day’s dirt
A Romanian man who was declared dead has finally won acknowledgement from a court that he is alive
From stunning nature to fine wine, Stephen McGrath on Romania’s under-appreciated delights
Schuster’s family history in Cincșor stretches back hundreds of year, “at least,” she says. – OZB Magazine
A whistleblower at Cambridge Analytica has claimed that his predecessor died in suspicious circumstances – The Times
With hundreds of thousands of people opting to work abroad, it is hard to see a way forward for much of rural Romania – Prospect
Projects such as Ambulance for Monuments, which is racing to save dilapidated old structures in southern Transylvania, can help to ensure the survival of the region’s unique identity – New Eastern Europe
Two historic carriages, including one that was part of the Flying Scotsman, have been vandalised, forcing volunteers to reduce services during the festive period – The Times
Despite promises by EU countries to share details of violent criminals, Border Agency officers and police had no record of their convictions and the men entered unchallenged – The Times
There are also fears the new measures could be used to release officials jailed for corruption – The Telegraph
Over the past few years, more and more FinTech start-ups have come to market, including TransferGo, offering cheap and fast cross-border transfers for much lower costs than traditionally charged by banks.
The fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor won’t be worth the hype or the pay-per-view fee – The Spectator
The Transylvanian citadel that’s perfect for a budget break – The Spectator
“Even inside national parks, nothing is safe.” – New Statesman
It may sound like a nightmare, but records show that this form of marriage counselling in Transylvania was rather effective – BBC
What is striking about Sibiu is that, while it lacks the name recognition of Bran, or the UNESCO citadel of Sighisoara, its charm has a particularly Germanic flavour – OZB
Stuparu is one of only two hundred Roma Holocaust survivors left in Romania. Half of them are still fighting for their rights over 75 years later – New Statesman
Boxing is crying out for a charismatic leading light, but Joshua isn’t that man – The Spectator
Nistor, from one of Europe’s poorest and most corrupt countries, insists he doesn’t dwell on the gulf between his income and Joshua’s – BBC
Romanians have been leaving their country en-masse for many years, long-plaguing its government which is keen to stem the resulting brain-drain and quell the pace of its ageing population – International Business Times
“There’s no magic bullet but we’re going to have to leverage technology to ensure that our ageing population can receive the care that they need,”
All we will learn from this potential ‘billion-dollar’ confrontation is how to market a faulty product at very little cost
Standing on Victory Square in Bucharest opposite the government building, Claudia Nicolae held up a sign inscribed with a clear message to the people running her country: Resign.
The U-turn did little to placate demonstrators and about 250,000 converged in front of the main government building shouting “thieves” and “resign, resign, resign”
“We don’t trust this government,” said 48-year-old Laurentiu Florin, who protested as a student during the 1989 revolution.
Protesters shouted “Shame on you” and “Down with the thieves” as clashes broke out between riot police and a small number of protesters who threw flares
Romania’s shambolic healthcare system is one sector that has been negatively affected by emigration
The death of Adamescu comes at a time when Romania’s anti-corruption efforts are in the spotlight, as the newly elected government try to push through controversial amnesty laws that would free thousands of prisoners
Wildflower meadows, once widespread throughout Europe, are still plentiful in rural Transylvania where Turnbull reaps his honey
After barely surviving decades of pollution during the communist era, the Danube is facing new threats from microplastics, pesticides and pharma waste
British Rail finished operating mainline steam locos in 1968. Where lines have survived – or have since been developed – it’s largely the result of groups of enthusiasts who got together and bought locos from scrapyards.
What’s holding back Romania’s talented developers from creating disruptive startups?
What is behind Wizz Air’s success that has allowed it to become Central and Eastern Europe’s largest budget airline?
Will Romania’s prison authors come to regret the books they wrote?
Boxing is under scrutiny again and rightfully so.
Leaning on a dark wooden pew in a central Bucharest synagogue, 88-year-old Liviu Beris recounts his desperate thirst as a young Jewish boy in a concentration camp some 75 years ago.
Highly diluted disinfectants used for surfaces and hands were possibly incapable of killing dangerous hospital bacterias
In one year of operating in the city average waiting times for an Uber car dropped from 12 minutes to just over four minutes
No finer example of boxing’s ethos can be found than in Jerusalem, at a club where Arabs and Jews train together in a converted bomb shelter
Quakes of over 7.0 in magnitude struck in 1908, 1940, and 1977 – in other words, one every 35 years or so. Thirty-eight years have passed since the last big one
Romania’s healthcare system is rife with corruption, where it is common for doctors – who survive on low salaries – to accept bribes for service
More than half of all children (51%) under 18 in Romania are at risk of poverty, more so than when the Eastern European country joined the EU in 2007
The predicament the Romanian government is currently facing is encouraging investment whilst protecting the country from being exploited by careless multinationals
A new project at the Danube Delta aims to roll back decades of abuse to shed light on new methods of conservation
Romania’s National Anticorruption Directorate has been diligently prosecuting mayors, judges and businessmen at an unprecedented rate.
See you there at one minute past midnight? Hackney Town Hall could host one of the UK’s first gay marriages
British public would be shocked if they knew what happened on fur farms, say ‘Save Kimi’ campaigners
The editorial photos these types of reports favour are as provocative and misleading as the headlines
Town Hall brings judicial review of Boris Johnson’s programme of cuts
This isn’t about paying people to subsidise extravagant lifestyles
It might seem unfair to monetise aspirations, but failing to provide students with guidance on where they’ll likely end up financially is a far greater disservice
The mining company claim that job creation would be positive for Rosia Montana, and that the contribution of revenue from the project would be beneficial for the state
Campaign groups are calling for the historical area to be granted Unesco World Heritage status
President Traian Basescu declared ‘humans are above dogs’ and the ‘killing law’ was passed
By law, public and private institutes now have to improve access, yet the capital remains a hostile place for those living with disabilities, and the law is often ignored
Europe’s largest gold-mining project plans will see 215 million cubic metres of lake water contaminated
Former PHD students from University College London are putting their biomechanical engineering skills to use in Haringey
Christmas takings hit after unexplained structural damage leads to threat of demolition
The ‘customer is always right’ proverb fits perfectly with this cashless debate
Boy’s death used to justify putting down thousands of stray dogs