Where can one find international schooling in Bucharest?
Over these pages The Diplomat gives a directory of the options available in the capital. Nearly all of schools are in the north of the city and focus on primary and secondary education (grades one to twelve), while most are newly established institutions in the last five years. It is a growing market and many schools feel they cannot contain the numbers of foreign and Romanian pupils struggling to win a paid place.
Hundreds of brave investors from the Netherlands are moving east, but not all firms may be prepared to fill in thousands of pages of documents just to export a truckload of chairs.
A shift eastward is happening in Europe, argues Lotte Schippers, second secretary economic affairs and the environment at the Netherlands embassy, and this will see increases in not just trade, but also investment.
High hopes from the low lands
Keen to help restore the architecture, see reform in the judiciary and dazzle delegations with business opportunities, trained lawyer and career diplomat Pieter Jan Wolthers talks to Michael Bird about Dutch explorations in the Balkans
Migrants from the Netherlands are no strangers to Romanian hospitality. In classical times, Roman legionaries on the Danube were formed of Dutch cavalrymen gifted from the low land tribes to the latest Caesar and, in the 12th century, mediaeval entrepreneurs from the south of Holland and north of Belgium travelled to Transylvania to develop the land, textile industry and trade. Traces of their presence in sharing agricultural techniques persist, in words for machinery, such as 'forka', which are similar in Dutch and Romanian and also, arguably, in the manner rural settlers fold their caps to keep out the sun.
Un nouvel élan de la francophonie en Roumanie
Keen to consolidate the educational and cultural links between the two countries, as well as attracting more FDI, new French Ambassador Herve Bolot talks to Ana-Maria Smadeanu, ahead of Bucharest's international summit on Francophonie in 2006
He could have been a geographer, a player of the flute or the organ, but French Ambassador Herve Bolot has instead worked his way through most of the diplomatic roles in Paris, New York, Congo and Vienna before arriving in Bucharest this year.
“I've tried a little of everything,” Herve Bolot says, “and I think that a good ambassador must have experience of all the cultural, economic and political areas.”
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