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September 11, 2005

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Tom Womack

I'm trying to add an extra stereotype among people I talk to (replacing an old one is too much to ask, but maybe they're kept as a stack and one will fall off the bottom) of Alpine meadows and bears; the ride through the mountains near Brasov is like something out of Heidi.

Tom Womack

I'm trying to add an extra stereotype among people I talk to (replacing an old one is too much to ask, but maybe they're kept as a stack and one will fall off the bottom) of Alpine meadows and bears; the ride through the mountains near Brasov is like something out of Heidi.

Martin Wisse

The trouble with Romania is that the last time EU-Europe paid much attention to it was when Ceausescu was executed; since then it only comes into the news if a) something floods b) it's election time (see? they're proper democrats now! or c) there has been a particular high influx of illegal Romanian immigrants (this last especially plays well in the UK...)

Croatia gets good press because Yugoslavia had been a popular holiday country before the troubles, several EU countries have lots of Yugoslav immigrants and it is neither Serbia (ethnic cleansing fascists) nor Bosnia (just too many problems there)...

Barry Cotter

You didn't have the most common stereotype that we have in Ireland, the conflation of Roma/gypsies and Romanians. Not especially helpful for non-Roma Romanians, since the Roma are well on the way to being as loathed as our indigenous nomads, the Travellers.

Hopefully they'll get in in 2007. Very high political stability can come later, after all, it's not like Greece was a paragon when it entered the EU. (Or now, considering the scam it ran to get into the euro)

Oskar (Stockholm, Sweden)

Here in Sweden I'd say that most people think of orphans, roma and poverty in general when they think of Romania. Not very fair (though I don't know if being known for sex, suicide and socialism is all that much better) or helpful if you want to join the EU. I agree with the previous comment that als, monasteries and bears is a better way to go.

On the matter of Croatia's recent readmittance to the EU accession track I can only agree with the poster that this is a country which has a much better reputation than it deserves. Although the government has changed since the bad old Tudjman days it's still unreformed nationalist and not being very helpful in the resettlement of ethnic Serb refugees. Admittance to the EU without solving this issue (ie resettling refugees and giving them back appartments/houses now occupied by others) should be impossible. Unfortunately, Croatia appears to be backed carte blanche by Austria and the conservative parties (catholics) in Germany.

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