Since the fall of the Ceausescu government in 1989, Romania has been struggling to make progress on a multitude of deep-rooted problems, among which the following are most prominent: corruption, weak infrastructure, the slow pace of domestic and economic reform, and the dominance of a ruling elite. Romania became a member of the European Union in January of 2007, and a year and half later, its EU future still feels like the past. Little progress has been made, and after being marginalized from Western Europe for so long, the real question is how Romanians will adapt to the demands of European integration without losing the strength of their cultural and agricultural heritage. Serious reforms need to be made so that Romanians will not succumb to the perils associated with walking the tightrope between the positive and negative ramifications of EU membership.
© Lauren Hermele
Lauren Hermele is originally from New Jersey and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Barcelona has been her base on and off for about 8 years, and she moved to New York in 2005 to complete the ICP's Photojournalism and Documentary Photography one-year certificate program. She is currently freelancing and working on personal projects and is based in New York City and Barcelona. She is represented by the Anzenberger Agency
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