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Romania protests: Inside the European parliament where the government could collapse at any moment

‘The eye of the storm: Kit Macdonald meets opposition figures inside the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, where anti-government protests have raged outside for nine straight days and no one knows what will happen next.’

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Happy Birthday Nintendo GameBoy, But You're Responsible For The Worst Album Ever

‘This track is a haunting duet with Kate Bush, inspired by a heartbreaking photograph of a depression-era family in the American dust bowl. Ah no, sorry, I'm thinking of Don't Give Up. Sometimes my brain clicks into a kind of "survival mode" when I have to listen to the world's most boring robot reciting the phone book in Morse code.’

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Creative Bucharest: inside the art hubs, bars and collectives reimagining the city

‘Casa Jurnalistului is now a thriving community of journalists specialising in long-form pieces on social issues in the region: superbly researched and written stories on fracking, horrific medical malpractice and Romania’s “sewer children” have rightly garnered international attention.’

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Bucharest fights back: Romania’s protests have died down, but these citizens are still on the march

‘The breaking-news ticker announced that the liberal billionaire George Soros had deployed a weather machine in Bucharest to disrupt the pro-government counter-protest. I laughed uproariously at what I assumed was a sharp piece of Photoshop satire, but I was met with incredulity. “Of course it isn’t Photoshopped,” my friends patiently explained. “It’s real, they broadcast this kind of thing on a daily basis.”’