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What the newspapers say: August 1, 2007

Miercuri, 1 august 2007, 0:00

Needless to say that front pages in all newspapers are covered almost exclusively by reports on the sudden death of Romania's Orthodox Patriarch Teoctist. While most articles discuss who will succeed as new head of the church, some find it fit to focus on the unsolved problems Teoctist leaves behind.

"Teoctist's heritage, the dark side", is the headline in Cotidianul.
"The files on priests who collaborated with the former political police, Securitate, the attitude towards the properties formerly owned by the Greek-Catholics and his own collaborations with the Communist regime are the main problems left unsolved by the former Patriarch", the newspaper reads.

Electing a new head of the Orthodox Church may lead to the re-opening of several issues, Cotidianul predicts. The files of priests who served as spies for Securitate are still held secret, due to Teoctist's intervention, claiming that the Church itself is the only institution that should be allowed to access this information.

In the profane world, former PM Adrian Nastase is now at the mercy of the Supreme Court, after the Constitutional Court failed to reach a decision on whether the evidence against him should be annulled or not.
Nastase managed to block the criminal trials he was subject in by proving that one of the laws used to open the case was discriminating. However, this shouldn't mean that the evidence doesn't exist, some say, insisting that the trial should continue, but with a new basic motivation, Evenimentul Zilei reads.

In the economics, a recent study of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) indicates that Romania will reach a 3.1% of the GNP deficit in 2007, way above the limits imposed by the European Union.
Unlike most Central and Eastern European states, the budgetary problems don't come as a result of the previous governments, but from the actions of the one currently in office, Gandul comments.

Romanian illegal workers are subject for a new exhibition at the famous Tate Museum in London. The works are signed by a Romanian artist, Matei Bejenaru, and will build into a gallery called "Travel Guide". The main theme is the illegal migration and the inhuman conditions illegal immigrants are submitted to, Gandul informs.

Speaking of Romanians working abroad: while the entire Europe is on the leave, Romanians are expected to return home for all August. And when they come, they block the highways, Evenimentul Zilei reads, since tens or even hundreds of thousands are expected to take a few days off and return home.

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