I hear there's snow in Transylvania. I imagine people go out in the afternoon, drinking glow wine, eating sausages with beans or sarmale and waiting for the fireworks. I don't particularly like military parades, though.
The Romanian President, when asked what he wanted for Romania for the following year, said he wished for a new ('competent', he said) Prime Minister. Cohabitation is seldom a pleasant thing, but, really, why can some people never relax? ['a fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject,' Sir Winston Churchill once said, according to an internet quotes site.]
In Bucharest it became a tradition to switch on the (electric) Christmas tree on December 1. This year, they say, it is a particularly large one. In the end, there was a huge mess: tens of thousands of people jamming the city center, mothers who lost their children in the crowd, everybody more annoyed by the jamming than charmed by the tree.
Europe remembers its forgotten crisis
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