Kit Gillet is a Bucharest-based journalist writing for The New York Times, Guardian, Economist and others. He's also a regular commentator for the BBC World Service, Monocle radio, Al Jazeera, France 24, Euronews and others.
The graffiti in a northwestern town in Romania — ugly, obscene and anti-Semitic — was clearly meant to shock. It was scrawled late Friday evening on the outside wall of the childhood home of a man who had been imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp and spent the rest of his life preaching against hate: the Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel.
Antigovernment protests in the Romanian capital turned violent Friday night as the police clashed with protesters, using tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowds. More than 240 people, including some security personnel, were reported injured.
After just three weeks in power, Romania’s new prime minister, Sorin Grindeanu, could look out of his window to see a crowd estimated at hundreds of thousands of people carrying banners reading: “You have succeeded in uniting us”. Unfortunately for Mr Grindeanu, they did not mean it in a good way.
Pro-Russian candidates win in Bulgarian and Moldova presidential elections, in a worrying trend for the region, perhaps further emboldening Vladimir Putin.
The anger that erupted over a deadly nightclub fire spilled onto the streets of Bucharest last week and saw key government leaders resign.