Financial Times : Letter from Romania


‘Back in their own country, the Romanian ‘barbarians’ drink cappuccino and eat paella and sushi’

You’re Romanian? I’d never have guessed. You seem so nice!” A Frenchwoman recently treated me to this kind evaluation. Frightened by the hordes of Roma and Romanians invading western Europe, a Brit might well have said the same thing.

Back in their own country, the “barbarians” drink cappuccino, Coca-Cola, Earl Grey tea, English gin and French wine. They eat pizza, paella and sushi, strawberries and tomatoes from Spain, sausages and butter from Germany. And though they used to dream of the west as a paradise of prosperity and tolerance, as they work for increasingly long terms in other EU states, their view of the western way of life progressively dims.

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