Romanian Rhapsody: An Overlooked Corner of Europe

Romanian Rhapsody: An Overlooked Corner of Europe

Romanian Rhapsody: An Overlooked Corner of Europe

Romanian Rhapsody: An Overlooked Corner of Europe

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If the true history of modern Romania is ever written, it should be prefaced by these words: “Romania? seduced, ruined, and abandoned.” Romania was seduced by the West in the 1960’s and 1970’s, ruined in the 1980’s by the same West, and abandoned in the 1990’s.

The story should mention the forgotten 1960’s and 70’s when the West opened its checkbooks to Romania, extending loans at favorable rates; opened its markets to Romanian goods, and provided technology transfers; gave her diplomatic prominence (Romania held the UN Security Council presidency in the 1960’s, facilitated the Israeli-Egypt negotiations, and played a role in President Nixon’s watershed visit to China); and gave her cultural and sports achievements top billing on the world stage.

This was followed by the ugly 1980’s, when the West cut off Romania from credits (despite her being the world’s only example of full debt repayment), cut her off from world markets, from energy imports, and from diplomatic recognition, and then sanctioned the political crime that was committed against her leader.

By the 1990’s, international credits were frozen, the press turned negative (mostly feature stories on children’s orphanages), and diplomatically Romania was reduced to a pariah status; her initiatives . . .

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