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Bucharest's taxi drivers ponder Romania's changes since 1989

Taxi drivers in Bucharest are famous for talking: about politics, the state of Romania and generally putting the world to rights. They're often better educated than the national average and also earn considerably more than the average salary.

This makes them an interesting sounding board for one important question: how has Romania changed in the years since the revolution in 1989?

"The changes were superficial, sometimes non-existent," said taxi driver Vasile Ursu. "In fact, things have changed for the worse, never mind changes for the better." He sounds disappointed with the gains brought by the revolution, and perhaps he has good reason to be. By rights, he ought to have retired.

"Before the revolution, I was employed by the state," Ursu said. "Now I'm a pensioner, with a miserable pension. I do this job to have enough money coming in, in order to survive on a day-to-day basis."


"...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
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