Romanian elections

Romanian elections

Demons and nuns at the end of the world

In Romania this weekend Orthodox Christians are celebrating Easter in glorious churches where the snow is still melting.

Baksheesh brings exotic flavour to Paris of East

BUCHAREST DAYS

When a spade is not a spade

When a spade is not a spade

Children dragged out of sewers

Children dragged out of sewers

Nastase comes clean with some elbow grease

BUCHAREST DAYS; 'Everyone complains that the city doesn't do a thing, but you have to do a bit yourself'

'Mid-life crisis' makes Nasty take a stand

Adrian Bridge from Bucharest on the one-time tennis ace's plan to take over the town

A walk on the blind side

ULYSSES' GAZE Theo Angelopoulos (PG); Three lost films and a hero with a mission: Adam Mars-Jones on a symbol- burdened take on Homer

Serbs hold their fire over extradited officers

EMMA DALY

LAST RESORT; Chisinau, Moldova

Athens, Bucharest, Chisinau - an ABC of supremely ugly capitals tucked into the south-eastern corner of Europe.

Scots lifted by Russia

Scotland's chances of reaching the European Championship improved last night when Russia beat Greece 2-1 in Moscow. The Russians' victory gave them the automatic qualifying berth from Group Eight but also guaranteed the Scots second place, and the chance of going through as one of the six best runners-up.

TRAVEL; In the teeth of history

Armed with Bram Stoker's novel, Richard Gilbert joined the first World Dracula Congress in Transylvania in pursuit of a myth that refuses to die TRAVEL NOTES

Romania set for new row with Hungary

ADRIAN BRIDGE

Obituary: Emil Cioran

Emil Mihai Cioran, philosopher, essayist: born Rasinari 8 April 1911; died Paris 20 June 1995.

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