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Romania’s allies indignant at travel ban slapped on former anti-corruption chief

Laura Codruța Kövesi, the favourite to become the first-ever EU public prosecutor, has been indicted on charges of abusing her position while,The charges, brought by prosecutors at the controversial Special Section for the Investigation of Magistrates (which exists outside the jurisdiction of Romania’s independent prosecutor general, answering directly to the country’s justice minister, Tudorel Toader), have also been accompanied by a travel ban, meaning that she cannot travel abroad.
Ms Kövesi, who is enormously popular in Romania and widely respected across Europe, has also been forbidden from talking to the press about specifics of the case. She did, however, tell journalists: I guess that some people are so worried that I might get the EU prosecutors job that Im not allowed to speak to the media anymore, adding that, the indictment is a measure intended to silence me, to harass all of us in the judicial system who did our job.The news that Ms Kövesi had been formally charged brought immediate and indignant reaction from senior European and NATO officials.I am concerned by news that Laura Codruţa Kövesi has been placed under judicial control.

The European parliament stands by its candidate for European public prosecutor, said Antonio Tajani, the president of the European parliament.Manfred Weber, the European People’s Party candidate to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission, called the decision concerning and unacceptable.Ska Keller, co-president of the Green-European Free Alliance in the European parliament, was particularly critical of the Romanian government.It is extremely dubious and worrying what is happening in Romania right now, she said.The Romanian government has been attempting to block Laura Codruţa Kövesi from becoming European chief public prosecutor for a long time. Now, a newly formed judicial unit that is directly controlled by exactly this government accuses her of corruption.
Romania must guarantee an independent investigation and full transparency.Romanias NATO allies have also been quick to react.
Kevin Hamilton, the Canadian ambassador to Romania, Moldova and Bulgaria wrote on : “I am troubled by reports that Laura Kövesi has been placed under judicial control by the Romanian authorities, prohibited from leaving the country, and banned from speaking to the media.”View on emerging-europe.com

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Studying in the UK? Travel for less than £40 this Easter break

The UK university academic year runs from September to June with a few weeks of break for Christmas and Easter.This year, Easter falls on 21 April, and UK university students enjoy a break of up to four weeks in the name of this Christian holiday.What better way to spend this time than to jet off for some unique travel experiences?If youve got a little cash to spare, here are our top picks for return flights (from who else, but RyanAir) that cost £40 or less:

1. London to Palma de Mallorca £30Grades dont matter hereat least for a while.Source: ShutterstockIn this Mediterranean city, April is the perfect month to explore the mountains inland or head for long walks along the sun-kissed beach. In this popular paradise, you can check out the best-known route from the Torrent de Pareis Gorge from Escorca to the sea, or if youre feeling more adventurous, head to a national park located on the small, uninhabited Cabrera Islands.For beaches, you cant go wrong with Playa de Formentor and Es Trenc.

2.London to Faro £30Fasinating cultural history meets old-town charm. Source: ShutterstockFaro is the gateway to Portugals alluring south coast.The capital of the Algarve is a vibrant city that offers something for everyone. Whether your mates are into Roman ruins or the regions shellfish gastronomy and unspoiled beaches, youll find it here in this seriously underrated European travel destination.

3. London to Budapest £36Beers on wheels.Source: ShutterstockIn true Jack Whitehall-style, this is the city where you can ride a beer bike (and try Unicum liqueur), find magic at the House of Houdini and take a boat down the river Danube all within one city!

4. Edinburgh to Copenhagen £35Rides, games, musicals, ballet, concerts and more! Source: ShutterstockTivoli Gardens, the world’s second-oldest amusement park, opens again in early April after a long winter break.Get your adrenaline fix from its massive selection of rides, bask in its sumptuous architecture and relax in its gorgeous gardens. Copenhagen is also home to the oldest university and research institution in Denmark, and the second-oldest institution for higher education in Scandinavia.A visit to some of its world-class museums is also a must!

5. Manchester to Ibiza £36Source: ShutterstockApril may not be the most obvious time to go ther but with winter firmly over and summer ready to take off, its definitely one of the most beautiful times of year to visit the island.
Though less bars, restaurants, boats and even the roads will be open, this is peaceful downtime that could do a lot of good for your tired soul after all the hard work this semester.

6.Manchester to Alicante £40Sun, sea and sand. Source: Shutterstock Every student needs a rejuvenating rest once in a while.
In Alicante, youll find a good dose of this with its long stretch of white, sandy beaches to while away the hours without a care in the world. If you have major cash to splash, head to the SHA Wellness Clinic for your pick of high-tech, whole-body wellness treatments.
Kick back and relax, whatever your budget. You deserve it!

7.Birmingham to Warsaw £30 Beautiful houses on the royal road in Warsaw. Source: ShutterstockPolands intellectual centre is perfect for those looking to get their brain juices flowing.Whether youre into history (Museum of the Warsaw Uprising or Laze in Royal Łazienki Park), urban beauty (UNESCO-listed Old Town) or culture and architecture (Palace of Culture and Science), here, you can have your cake and eat it too!8.Leeds to Dublin £30One colourful and lively street you shouldnt miss.

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Your weekend arts forecast: A feast for the eyes (and ears)

Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, A Feast For the Eyes: European Masterpieces From the Grasset Collection is an exhibition of 40 baroque-era oil paintings – brilliant, beautiful and lyrical works from the likes of 17th and 18th century masters van Dyck, Canaletto, Brueghel the Elder, de Velde and others.The masterworks are from the private collection of Juan Manuel Grasset, of Madrid, Spain. The 90-year-old art collector attended a media preview of the exhibition, accompanied by several members of the extended Grasset family, Thursday.His daughter Christina explained that the St. Pete visit is only the second time Grasset’s collection has gone on loan in the United States; indeed, it was previously at the San Diego Museum of Art,  in 2016.

Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Dutch, 1606-1683/4 Still Life of flowers in a glass vase in a stone niche, Oil on oak panel Christina Grasset detailed the collection’s backstory: “My father bought these paintings over the course of 50 years.I think there are four Spanish painters, but everything else is Dutch and Flemish. Or Italian.And so he would buy these paintings in London, or in Paris, and then bring them back to his home in Madrid.”Over the course of many years, she continued, “like any true collector, it’s very difficult for them to stop! They will see another painting, they fall in love, and they have to have it.
My parents have a fairly large home in Madrid, but we got to a point where the paintings were on the floor and stacked against the walls.“It took a very long time to convince him to part with the paintings, because they’re objects that he loves.

But we finally convinced him that they would be much better in a museum. And this is where the paintings look their best.”Frail and wheelchair-bound, but smiling and looking dapper nonetheless, Juan Manuel Grasset offered a quick compliment to the Museum of Fine Arts. “I think I never saw the collection as brilliantly displayed as it is here,” he said.The Grasset collection consists almost entirely of landscapes and still lifes of flowers, fruit bowls and laden banquet tables, along with other bounties. MFA Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Stanton Thomas asked Grasset about this.

“None of the grand traditions of Spanish portrait portraiture, or religious paintings or battle scenes appealed to him,” Thomas said. “He has almost no images of people.”Thomas – and others who’ve examined and thought deeply about the collection – developed a theory. “The thought is that these very beautiful, very lyrical, very escapist pictures might be a reflection of his youth, which was during a very difficult time,” the curator explained.“It was right after World War II, there wasn’t a lot around. These are kind of a reaction to the hardships of his youth.“There’s a beautiful logic to the paintings – people enjoying themselves out in the country, or beautiful flowers, or feasts. They would have been an enormous contrast to what people would have experienced in post-World War II Spain.”Juan Manuel Grasset, seated, talks with the media at the Museum of Fine Arts March 21. At far right is his daughter Christina.

Photo by Bill DeYoung.Thomas will conduct a Gallery Talk on the exhibition from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24.A Feast For the Eyes: European Masterpieces From the Grasset Collection will remain at the museum through July 28.And now, thisOf course, the 2nd annual St.Petersburg Tiny Home Festival is Saturday and Sunday. Everything you need to know is here.Brad PaisleyNice cross-section of popular music this weekend, including country legend Clint Black (tonight at the Mahaffey), Chicago (or what’s left of the band that was once the mighty Chicago) at Ruth Eckerd Hall tonight, and yet another country star, Brad Paisley (Valspar Live! at the Osprey Driving Range in Palm Harbor Saturday – details here).The Palladium’s got the Boogie Woogie Blues Piano Stomp Saturday (here’s what we wrote about it) and country’s Mickey Gilley Sunday.

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Greece’s first Travel Festival will take you around the world in just 2 days!

Travelers, travel lovers and travel enthusiasts meet once per year somewhere around the world in order to connect, engage and get inspired;It’s already popular in many parts of the world, in Greece though it’s very new.
Nevertheless, now it does exist thanks to Manos Lianopoulos, Travel Vlogger and owner of Tripment.net and TravelFest’s Founder.I personally know Manos for a few years now and I must tell you; he is hard-working (his videos are just amazing) and passionate about traveling! His drive and enthusiasm led him to introduce the concept of a Travel Festival to the Greek travel community.How it all began“I was lucky enough to grow up in a family that loves traveling and nature activities.
So, being myself a traveler became a way of life for me. In 2013 I created my YouTube channel where I started uploading video content from my trips.TravelFest came as a natural continuity, as the next step.”Manos describes TravelFest as a vibrant community and a space of exchanging ideas and experiences among like-minded people.
What people will find at TravelFestTravelFest can be also described as Travel TEDx. Guests can enjoy inspirational talks from all kind of travelers, watch interesting documentaries and movies, taste various flavors and have fun in Athens.“Besides, our slogan is ‘Meet the world in two days’”!Developing and creating a Travel Festival“It wasn’t easy, for sure not. It still isn’t.
On the one hand, you have to manage the speakers, who are all travelers, so bringing them together on specific dates and times can be tricky, as they are constantly on the go. On the other hand, you have to find the sources to financially support the festival.Given the fact that it is a new kind of project in Greece and taking into consideration the financial situation in Greece, you can assume that there are several barriers to surpass!”Favorite destination by nowI couldn’t help but ask Manos which is his favorite place by now; a place he has visited and absolutely loved. “The next one.Always the next one!”It may sound like a typical reply, but it is so true! The next trip, the next destination is always the best!“Nevertheless, to answer your question, I have to say the Alps. I just love to explore this land with my motorcycle and get wonderfully lost in its small-town alleys and green surroundings.I have been there twice and I would easily go again”.*TravelFest will be held in Athens in April 6thand 7th2019Check all the information you need to know in the link below (in Greek).

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