Raţiu’s Journals – a lesson in democracy

Although Ion Raţiu kept a journal from the moment that he left Romania (April 1940) almost until his death (January 2000), only the volumes concerning the 1989-2000 time period were published. “Why is this testimony important? Because Ion Raţiu does not analyze the political reality only from the perspective of the party to which he belonged all of his life - PNŢ, and then PNŢCD. His chronicle is impartial and with its help we can better decode a lot of episodes in our recent history. However his journal was not read or commented in detail. Could it be because it was issued by a publisher with a smaller distribution? Or could it be due to the intentional ignorance of those that are portrayed in the journals and whom even today occupy key position in politics and the media? Or maybe it is a conjoining of these two reasons”.

 

Ion Raţiu’s journals can be obtained through the Raţiu Center for Democracy, Turda - No. 1 1st of December 1918 Square, Phone: 0264/317.555, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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Roșia Montană is Romania

The Government of Romania has recently put forward a proposed bill to be voted in parliament which would allow the controversial Rosia Montana mining project to commence. We would like to express our serious concerns with the content of the bill as it contains clauses that seriously infringe civil liberties and obstruct the rule of law. The support for the bill in its current form by a political class embattled by corruption and weak public institutions would not only pollute the environment for decades to come but also generate further lack of trust in the state. We are firmly against any expropriation by a private entity and we see such a process as an abuse against the citizens of Rosia Montana. We believe that if this bill will pass in Parliament it will represent a dangerous precedent for Romania. We stand against the lax rules and the harsh time frame limitations that concern archeological digs and sites.

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Strawberries and no Cream: Ceauşescu’s 1978 visit to London

Ceauşescu’s 1978 visit to London

An exhibition by Florin Ungureanu
Part of Roundtable Projects

Private view: Thursday 6 December 2012, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
The Raţiu Foundation / Romanian Cultural Centre London
Manchester Square, 18 Fitzhardinge Street, London W1H 6EQ
Admission free (RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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Launching Roundtable Projects second edition

ROUNDTABLE LOGORoundtable Projects  - an open platform aimed at developing a collaborative network of interests and opportunities for the Romanian community in the UK.
We invite applicants to submit proposals for projects they find interesting and relevant to the Romanian community. We are also open to applications coming from non-Romanians, as long as a Romanian connection exists.

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Architect Serban Sturdza comes to London to present the work of Pro Patrimonio in Romania

bunavestire church
Monday, 3rd of December 2012 at 7:00 pm

Pro Patrimonio UK - Manchester Square, 18 Fitzhardinge Street, London W1H 6EQ
Admission free (RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

We are delighted to invite you to support and celebrate the work of Pro Patrimonio in Romania. Şerban Sturdza, the distinguished Romanian architect and Executive Director of Pro Patrimonio in Romania, is visiting London and will make a presentation of three of the foundation’s major projects.

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Ion Ratiu Democracy award

The purpose of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award is to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy.

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