The New Pension Bomb

By Clare Nuttall in Bucharest   It must have been every civil servant’s worst nightmare; publishing a document on a ministry website that gave unwelcome insights into the Romanian government’s intent...

The Month That Was – May

By Dean Edgar   And so it continues, the ongoing battle between Klaus Iohannis and Liviu Dragnea, with the latter seeming to have the upper hand. The CCR (Constitutional Court) has decided that after bei...

Jazz in the Wild

Behind the scenes of one of the most prestigious open-air jazz festivals in Eastern and Central Europe - Gărâna Jazz Festival By Oana Vasiliu   There is a small village in Romania, hidden in the Car...

Bike Boy

Andrei Botescu sits astride what is fast becoming one of Romania’s most iconic brands–Pegas. The bicycle company had, for all intents and purposes, expired following the revolution but Andrei breathed vital new...

One Price Fits All

Radu Savopol is the man behind the 5 to Go chain of mini coffee shop franchises sweeping Bucharest, Romania and soon Europe with its stunningly simple business format of good coffee,  at an affordable price and...

A good read

  By Arabella McIntyre-Brown   “Readers have no idea how many people it takes to produce a book. Authors just write the words, but theirs is the only name on the book cover. They get all the cr...

Bob, Andy, George and Roddy Martin

By Douglas Williams (the column for OZB May magazine) The excitement is building: within a few weeks the World Cup kicks off in Russia. There is no Dutch team, no Romanian team and certainly no Scottish team...

Filmic Series – Photo Essay

Codruț Sebastian Neguț is a photographer and filmmaker based in Bucharest. After living in the UK for five years, where he completed a degree in visual communication at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Desig...

TIFF – Film Festival in Cluj – on until June 3

TIFF the first and the largest international feature film festival in Romania started a few days ago and will continue until June 3rd. The opening gala screened the film Foxtrot, a highly disputed, still bra...