Within the Romanian Orthodox Church, Strong Fascist Currents Still Exist

April 04, 2019

While the whole church does not support extreme right-wing platforms, ethnonationalism does have a long history in Romanian Orthodoxy. In a recent book evaluating the prospects for Romanian democracy, the prominent Austrian historian Oliver Jens Schmitt identified the Romanian Orthodox Church as...

Romania Puts Homophobia on the Ballot

November 15, 2018

Had the referendum passed, this would have made Romania the 15th European country to include a ban on same-sex marriage in its constitution — eighth in the EU. It is easy to dismiss homophobia as a product of the alt-right, and to imagine that only extremists fear and hurt those who don’t...

The Best of All Possible Worlds?

August 16, 2018

About one-third of America believes in Trump’s dystopian vision of the world. Everybody else believes that Trump himself is dystopia incarnate. Candide is the first and most amusing example of the powerlessness of positive thinking. In this 18th-century novel by Voltaire, the naïf Candide...

The Bucharest Pogrom Remembered

June 04, 2018

With the Jewish community in Romania today numbering just a few thousand people, its tragic fate should serve as an example for what the outcome of political extremism may be. During the last week of May, two distinct events took place in different parts of Romania: the unveiling of the bust of...