Romanian newspapers on Wednesday are fascinated with what they call a major “marketing stunt” - US director James Cameron’s documentary on the so-called Jesus’ family tomb. They also discuss procedures to suspend the President, compare corridas to EU restrictions on livestock in Romania and report new EU signals on the country’s European policies.
And one newspaper interviews of Czech who managed to flee Romania unimpeded by border police when sentenced for instigation to murder.
Evenimentul Zilei leads the pack of newspapers writing about the documentary announced by US director James Cameron and Israeli-Canadian archeologist Simcha Jacobovici, claiming the “lost tomb of Jesus Christ” was found and that Jesus had a son, Judas.
The paper believes “experts” have already proved the revelations as just another marketing stunt in line with other notorious works such as Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code”.
The paper quotes two high representatives of the Romanian Orthodox Church who “after a quick read” can say this has nothing to do with scientific research, but with a “scientific salad” that cannot counter the historical truth of the Resurrection of Jesus.
Cotidianul also deals with the issue and focuses on the “mix of heresy and marketing interests”. It quotes Church and marketing experts in arguing that “mocking Christianity” is a sure way to lure huge audiences, as the history of mass culture shows.
Back to Earth, Romania libera reports that procedures for the suspension of President Traian Basescu start in the Parliament on Wednesday and are to be continued on Thursday with debates on Basescu’s own proposals for the introduction of the uninominal vote in general elections.
Evenimentul Zilei believes that, in the absence of Basescu, the vote today - on the establishment of an investigative commission to look into the unconstitutional deeds of the head of state - is nothing but a “rehearsal” of the opposition in dealing with the President.
The political tensions in Bucharest come as signals from the European Union, that Romania should focus on its EU priorities, have been intensifying.
Adevarul quotes Onno Simons, a high representative of the EC to Romania, who has warned Romania should make a choice on its EU policies - a focus on regional issues, or an increased interest on its own economic competitiveness.
Speaking of competitiveness, Gandul quotes Economy minister Varujan Vosganian who said yesterday that Romania’s capacity to deal with competitors would reach the EU average by 2015-2020, when the country will advance from a developing economy to an averagely developed one.
For its part, Jurnalul National continues its reports on the status of Romanian workers in Spain with an interesting issue: corridas. The paper reports Romanians are not that much interested in such events, unless there’s some work to do in connection to them.
But that doesn’t prevent them from wondering: how come the EU allows such bloody events to take place, but applies lots of restrictions on the slaughtering of domestic animals in Romania - restrictions that are already affecting their traditions?
The same Jurnalul National interviews Frantisek Priplata, a Czech citizen convicted to eight years in Romanian jails for instigation to the murder of a trade union leader in Iasi, NE Romania.
He tells how he managed to pass the Romanian custom police and leave for the Czech Republic through Hungary despite an arrest warrant issued on his name: “by foot”, some distance away from the checkpoint.
Last but not least, Romania libera quotes a EU-wide study that shows Romanians have an average level of happiness compared to other European nations (some 60%), but stress affects only 25% of them - one of the lowest in Europe, along Lithuania and Greece.