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Romania Romania is a multi-party democracy with a constitution inspired by France's Fifth Republic. Universal suffrage is the right of all Romanian citizens at 18-years of age. Its main industries include mining, timber, construction materials, metallurgy, chemicals, machine building, food processing, petroleum production and refining. Agriculture also takes an important place in Romania's economy with wheat, corn, sugar beets, sunflower seed, potatoes, grapes, milk, eggs and beef the primary products.

Bucharest, the capital of Romania, lies half-way between the river Danube and the South Carpathian mountains, on the banks of the Dambovita. It is Romania's cultural and economic center, as well as its largest city, with a population of over two million people. The modern city is characterized by a number of squares from which streets and boulevards radiate. The two chief streets, running roughly parallel through the center of the city, are Bulevardul Balcescu and Bulevardul Uniri, known under Communism as the "Boulevard of the Victory of Socialism." It was expanded in the 1980s under the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and was decorated with such buildings as the palatial marble House of the People (Casa Poporului). About 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) of old Bucharest were razed to make room for the new palace and grand boulevard.

Timisoara is the most western Romanian city, both in democratic traditions as well as in outlook. Within 40 miles from Hungary and Serbia alike, this city prides itself on its elegant baroque squares, churches of many faiths, new German and French libraries and a pedestrian only downtown, cafes, restaurants, and gift shops along "16th December 1898" Boulevard. Timisoara is also a place for ethnic diversity.

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Third Annual Balkan Debate Forum, Romania 7-10 May 1998

Students during CEP Romania's 6th National


Student Conference, Cluj Napoca, March 1998

 


Junior faculty and high-school teachers during one of CEP Romania's workshops on the "Innovative Teaching Strategies", Baia Mare, October 1998

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