The risk of racist attacks on eastern Europeans in Britain is rising because of "inflammatory rhetoric" from politicians, Romania’s ambassador to London warns today.
I am Romanian and I never thought to be anything else but Romanian. After living for five years in the United Kingdom, I can also say that I understand, respect and love Britain.
Romanians rediscovered themselves in 1989 with the fall of the Communist regime. They have learnt what democracy is for the past 23 years, whereas Britons have learned it in 800 years, since the Magna Charta Libertatum. Romanians have recreated their country from scratch, without forgetting to live in harmony with the traditions, ancestors, nature and history. Between the Two World Wars Romania was a regional power, our currency was convertible and fully covered in gold deposits and our elites were educated to London, Paris and Berlin. Nobody asked Romanians if it is their wish to embrace the Communist regime, but they had to experience it for decades. Without the 42 years of Communism, Romania would have been today at the same level of prosperity as the United Kingdom, France or Germany.