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What the newspapers say: September 29, 2006

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Vineri, 29 septembrie 2006, 0:00


The second and last day of the Summit of the French-speaking world hosted by Bucharest this week is welcomed by Romanian newspapers today with only a few reports on what happened at top official meetings on Thursday and a tough attack on the whole event from the largest-circulation tabloid.

The performance of Romanians working abroad is also tackled with in today’s newspapers, one of which is also outraged by the US Embassy personnel’s considerations on Romania. And, oh yeah, football…

“The Francophone rudeness”, headlines tabloid Libertatea, glad that Bucharest gets rid of the so-called Sommet de la Francophonie after a week of chaos today.

The newspaper believes only the deep-rooted habit among Romanians to be the slave of authorities let them stay cool and not revolt against a series of unpopular decisions such as closing boulevards, blocking parking lots, turning public transportation upside down, closing of schools during the costly summit.

And the newspaper notes that only President Jacques Chirac of France, of all top Romanian and foreign officials attending the first day of talks yesterday, apologized somehow for the troubles of Bucharest dwellers.

Adevarul ironically writes that one thing Romanian President Traian Basescu managed to learn from talks yesterday is that the Francophone world is different from the Anglophone one as he passed the microphone not only to Chirac and a scarcely few other Western leaders, but also to the leaders of Burkina Faso, Laos and Seychelles.

And Jurnalul National calls President Chirac the “spiritual patron” of yesterday’s conference as he kept insisting on what he called the diversity of the Francophone movement in 63 countries from five continents.

And it reports that President Basescu failed to abstain from an “international joke”.

“Here comes Congo!”, he said while welcoming guests yesterday morning, referring to a series of an electoral messages that circulated on SMS during the electoral campaign in 2004, when a “poet” threatened to leave for Congo in case the Social Democrats (now in opposition), were elected again.

Elsewhere in the newspapers, Evenimentul Zilei provides one sample of huge success among Romanians leaving for work abroad. It reports that one Romanian woman from the first but small wave of Romanian workers that came to Spain in the early nineties managed to establish a million-dollar business in Castellon.

Once a house cleaner for Spaniards, she set up a real estate firm there several years ago - and it grew as fast as Romanian workers started arriving there by tens of thousands.

And Cotidianul reports that despite a series of media warnings the Europeans are not afraid of the “Romanian plumber” as it quotes a new study showing the influx of Romanian and Bulgarian workers, once the two countries join the EU, is a demographic and economic blessing for Western countries.

Gandul is more focused and reports that the Hungarian Democrats-UDMR, an ethnic group that belongs to the current governing coalition government in Bucharest, has called the Hungarian government to drop plans to introduce restrictions for Romanian workers once the country joins the EU.

Quite a different note on foreign affairs in Adevarul, which is rather shocked by a series of statements made by the staff of the US Embassy to Romania before a group of US Fulbright grantees recently arrived in Romania.

The American teachers and researchers learned that living in 2006 Romania is like playing and adventure movie when you risk becoming the target of street children’s aggression, the victim of stray dogs, of insane drivers on the “countryside roads” of all Romanian cities or of poisoned water or food.

Last but not least, Romanian newspapers today welcome the victories of Rapid and Dinamo in the UEFA Cup preliminaries yesterday. The two Bucharest-based football teams managed to score 2-1 against Nacional Madeira and 4-1 against Xanthi Skoda respectively in separate matches yesterday.

It was “inertia” that supported Dinamo in dealing four goals against their Greek rivals, Cotidianul reports, while Rapid found it a bit harder to defeat Madeira as it scored decisively after min. 90.























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