They are two neighbouring states: Bulgaria and Romania. They have a similar history, at least in the past eight decades. Both of them entered the European Union on January 1st, 2007, both of them have been blasted since, several times, for not tidying up, not reforming their judicial system effective and fast enough, and what not.
Following Romanian news basically is like following Bulgarian news, even though some events are lagged. The Romanian smoking lobby is trying to macerate smoking bans in buildings right now. We have heard this kind of story before, over here in Bulgaria. Also, 75% per cent of Romanian teenagers consume alcoholic beverages. Yes, we had that in Bulgaria, just days ago.
Sofia is a chaos because of Metro line constructions. Well, so is Bucharest. A growing number of outsourcing companies in Romania employ a growing number of people. In this case, Romania is closing in on Bulgaria, the outsourcing paradise, from the perspective of the employers. Investors from Europe and Asia are building factories, in both countries.
But, there are also news which sound different. Romania recently purchased a dozen F-16 fighter jets from Portugal. The first six are expected there today, replacing old MiG-fighters. This kind of thing is not happening in Bulgaria.
On the tourism front, Bulgaria is being overrun by tourists from abroad (rather than refugees from abroad), while Romania is lagging behind, a lot.
There is more Romanian news, which is unheard of in Bulgaria: President Klaus Iohannis will be awarded the Hermann-Ehlers Prize in Germany today, by the Hermann-Ehlers-Foundation, for his persistent fight against corruption in his country. Is there a similar news story Bulgaria? That would be the day.
By Imanuel Marcus