Recomandam. Romania: „The barbarians are among us” by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

Already stigmatised for the theft of copper cables, will Romanians also earn themselves a reputation for destroying art and inept police work? The trial of the suspected Kunsthal Museum robbers, due to start on August 13, reveals the gap between the most backward parts of Romania and a still distrustful western Europe.

In recent years, I have often heard of trains that derail in western Europe and that it is now more dangerous to take the train than to take an airplane. One of the reasons for the trains derailing is that some European citizens, carrying Romanian passports, dig up the copper cables in order to sell them.

An accident in these conditions is inevitable and the perpetrators are perfectly aware that people could be injured because they have stolen very expensive cables to sell them for next to nothing.

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Romania: The barbarians are among us

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