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What the newspapers say: March 1, 2010 

de A.C.
Luni, 1 martie 2010, 8:20 English | Press Review

Most newspapers today read about the risks Romania and Bulgaria face, to lose European funds for the Calafat bridge, linking the two countries. Elsewhere in the news, Romanian artist Ion Barladeanu, who used to be a beggar without a home is not famous in the world for his newspaper cuts made in Communism and after. Bucharest is the most attractive city in Eastern Europe, in terms of investments before Warsaw, Budapest, Prague, Bratislava, Krakow, or Kiev. Today, Romanians mark the beginning of spring, with a "martisor", a trinket won in honor of March 1. One paper notes that Romanian and Bulgarian specialists argue on the origins of the this tradition while people find more and more trinkets made in China instead of the traditional ones.

Gandul tells the story of the bridge that does not exist and how Romanian PM Boc discovered that Bulgarians cannot built as well. PM Boc met his Bulgarian counterpart Boiko Borisov at the bridge to discuss the steps forward.

However, the results are stil on paper: there are only some pillars of the bridge even if Bulgarians started works in 2007 and Romanians in 2008, on paper. Bulgarian PM invited his Romanian counterpart, together with Transports minister Berceanu and Regional Development and Tourism minister Udrea to discuss with the Bulgarian constructor.

The newspaper reads that the company contracted by the Bulgarians blamed Bucharest for all his missed deadlines as he claims that he could not reach the Romanians. Romanians need to extend the railway with 3 km and the national road with 8 km but authorities claim that the works will end on May 15, 2011.

Romania libera quotes PM Boc saying that the two countries will request an extension to the EC for these works so that it can be finished by June 2011. Last year, Bulgarians urged the EC to extent by 18 months the financing deadline through ISPA, to build the second Romanian - Bulgarian bridge over the Danube, between Calafat and Vidin. The contracting deadline expires by the end of 2010.

Romania libera
tells the story of Romanian Ion Barladeanu, a former beggar on the streets who has an exhibition in Paris, met Angelina Jolie and sells his works with more than 1000 euro each.

English newspaper The Guardian talks about the Barladeanu phenomenon, as they call it. Angelina Jolie insisted in meeting Barladeanu after she heard his story from Romanian Alexandru Nanu, director of a recent HBO documentary about Barladeanu's life.

Barladeanu's works consists of cuts from newspapers which he did during Communism but also after. Most of his works were made after 1989 but these are of interest for collectors as well.

Barladeanu's work is considered fresh as it depicts life from another perspective.

Elsewhere in the news, Bucharest is the most attractive city in Eastern Europe in terms of investments after Warsaw, Budapest, Prague, Bratislava, Krakow and Kiev, a study published by Foreign Direct Investment reads, part of Financial Times, Evenimentul zilei reads..

At a European level, Bucharest occupies the 18th position and the top is headed by London, Paris, Moscow, Stockholm and Barcelona. According to the British newspaper, Bucharest is the most attractive in Eastern Europe. Romanian cities are found in a  small towns top, ranked on a cost effective order: Brasov, followed by Iasi, and Timisoara.

Romania marks today the beginning of spring, with a traditional white and red trinket. Evenimentul Zilei reads that Romanian and Bulgarian specialists argue about the origins of the symbol while citizens wonder why there are more and more trinkets made in China and less traditional.

In Bulgaria, the trinkets are called "martenita or martintzi": everybody buys white and red trinkets today to offer them to the dearest people. Bulgarian citizen quoted by the newspaper says that martintzi comes from an old lady, baba Marta: the red symbolizes health and the white, the clean that comes along with the spring.

On the other side, Romanians say that the "martisor" is an old tradition. Specialist Crina Popescu says that there are scientific documents that attest that the origin of this tradition is Romanian and then it spread in Eastern Europe.

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