On the barricades — May’s thumb-ups & thumb-downs

“On the barricades” — s02e31

We cover the most important events of the previous few weeks in this episode, which we usually release at the end of the month.

May’s selection was particularly difficult because there were so many interesting political developments in Eastern Europe (or in the West, but where our region was involved in one way or another). Regardless, we had no choice but to face it. The hosts of “On the Barricades,” Maria Cernat and Boyan Stanislavski, did select the events that they discussed in this program, but even careful selection resulted in an episode that was so long that it had to be split into two parts. So, here’s the first one.

In this episode, we talk about the Romanian circus, with the country’s right-wing, neoliberal extremist government sending an official letter to all Romanian MEPs urging them to vote against legislation that could lead to wage equality across the EU. No, they explicitly want Romanian workers to be treated unfairly, to be paid less for the same jobs, to be less secure, and to be treated as second-class citizens in the EU. And they’re not afraid to admit it! Our discussion will teach you more about this pathological approach.

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