Kit Gillet is a freelance journalist currently based in Bucharest. His work appears regularly in the international press, for publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Foreign Policy and CNN.
Up Against the Wall

Up Against the Wall

Palestinians in the West Bank, quickly being sealed off behind a barrier, continue to live their lives in limbo. Kit Gillet looks at the reality on the ground following the collapse of the latest round of peace talks with Israel
Staying Power

Staying Power

In 2014 Romanians will have the right to work throughout the EU. Will everyone leave? The locals insist they want to stay and fix their nation.
Painting China's Wall of Shame

Painting China’s Wall of Shame

Chinese artist Zhang Bingjian paints portraits of corrupt Chinese officials and has over 2,000 lying around his Beijing studio
Sichuan’s Tibetan Corner, Outside of Time

Sichuan’s Tibetan Corner, Outside of Time

Among the monks and novices of Tagong, a Tibetan community in neighbouring Sichuan province
City of Death and Life

City of Death and Life

For 6,000 people in the Philippine capital of Manila, living among the dead is preferable to running the gauntlet of the city’s crime-ridden slums. Kit Gillet reports
So, What’s It Like To Be Crucified?

So, What’s It Like To Be Crucified?

Enaje is visibly nervous, and with good reason. Tomorrow he will be strapped to a large wooden cross while thousands of people watch as 10-centimetre nails are driven through his palms and feet.
Delta Blues

Delta Blues

Kit Gillet journeys into the heart of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and discovers the stark realities facing the poor farmers and fishermen already feeling the effects of rising sea levels
In China, foot binding slowly slips into history

In China, foot binding slowly slips into history

In the village of Liuyi, China, there are only about 30 women left who followed a once-common tradition that was painful but also bonded mothers and daughters.
Mao's Underground City

Mao’s Underground City

Under the streets of Beijing a warren of waterlogged and crumbling tunnels is all that is left of an underground city that was, just 40 years ago, expected to be a temporary home to 300,000 nuclear survivors.
Latest entries

Europe’s Orphan, by Martin Sandbu

How the euro became a scapegoat for Europe's policy ills

Romanian Parliament Approves New Government

Romania’s parliament overwhelmingly approves the government of Dacian Ciolos, who was nominated to replace Victor Ponta as prime minister last week.
In Bucharest, the Old Town Sees New Life

In Bucharest, the Old Town Sees New Life

Until a few years ago, visitors to Bucharest’s Old Town would have found themselves in an area of potholes and badly lit alleys with crumbling 19th- and early 20th-century buildings. Yet after years of stop-start refurbishment by the local authorities, the Old Town has come back to life.

Romania’s President Picks Dacian Ciolos as New Prime Minister

Expert on agriculture to replace Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who was ousted last week after major demonstrations by protesters angered by graft and lethargy in the government.

Romania names interim prime minister

Sorin Cimpeanu was appointed interim prime minister of Romania on Thursday, replacing Victor Ponta, who resigned a day earlier after huge protests over a nightclub fire in Bucharest where 32 people died.

Outrage Ripples Through Romania After Government’s Collapse

“You can’t buy us with two resignations,” protesters chant, the day after Prime Minister Victor Ponta resigned following deadly nightclub fire
Bringing in the scalps: the woman leading Romania's war on corruption

Bringing in the scalps: the woman leading Romania’s war on corruption

Laura Codruţa Kövesi presides over agency that has brought cases against mayors, judges, MPs – and now the prime minister

Victor Ponta, Romania’s Premier, Steps Down After Outcry Over Corruption

Huge protests, some of the largest since the fall of communism, toppled the government of Romania on Wednesday, five days after a fire at a nightclub killed 32 people and set off a wave of outrage over corruption and ineptitude.

Romanian Prime Minister announces resignation

"I have the obligation to acknowledge that there is legitimate anger in society," Ponta said in a statement.

Romania Places the Heart of a Queen in Her Castle

The final journey of the heart of Marie, the British-born queen of Romania.

Romania nightclub fire: surge in blood donors after deadly blaze

Long lines form in Bucharest with people wishing to make donations to help 180 injured in incident at Colectiv nightclub

Dozens killed in fireworks accident at Bucharest nightclub

At least 27 people died and another 180 were injured after pyrotechnic display sparked blaze during concert at Colectiv venue in Romanian capital