The Children of the Hills
For most urban dwellers it’s difficult to imagine what life is like for the people in the remote corners of civilization in the Banat Mountains. As we accompanied a humanitarian convey we wanted to hear the children’s stories, the dreams of these kids who are forgotten, like thousands of others, in the villages between Romania’s hills and valleys.
How to Buy a President
One of Romania’s richest men has debts of over 150 million euro on his gas bill. He can’t save his empire unless one of his cronies ends up running the Ministry in charge of the states large energy provider. His last chance: the presidential election. Will his candidate win?
The Road to a Stone House
A grand total of eight homesteads are still active in Răicani. Most people are well over 50 years old. The youths are long gone. Neighbors see each other at Sunday mass, or when they need to borrow something: a bit of sugar or cooking oil, whatever’s missing before the next trip down the hill. As for death, it's in God's hands – who is more present in the life of the villagers than any celebrity.
A Game of Rogues
In 2015, the self-styled Paul of Romania, Dan Andronic (the owner of daily newspaper Evenimentul Zilei), and Remus Truică (ex-Chief of Staff to former Prime Minister Adrian Năstase) were all indicted by DNA prosecutors for swindling the Romanian citizens out of 135 million euros through illegal restitution of State land. PressOne investigated the claims and reconstructed this ‘game of rogues’. It started with state employees earning several hundred euros a month and went all the way to one of the richest men in the world - Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz.
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