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, The Guardian, The Economist, Monocle, The Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and CNN.
At the Feet of the Master

At the Feet of the Master

Gheorghe Hagi has established an academy to try to develop a new generation of Romanian talent
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
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
The Breeding Ground

The Breeding Ground

During the past 50 years, the Cambodia–Thailand border area has become the birthplace of anti-malarial drug resistance. Kit Gillet reports on efforts being made to prevent the spread of new strains of this deadly disease
Bulgarian students lead wave of protest

Bulgarian students lead wave of protest

Young people occupying institutions all over the country amid growing anger over corruption and unemployment
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
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
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.
Latest entries

Romania Takes Step Toward Restitution to Holocaust Survivors

Legislation on claims for property lost during and after World War II was seen as a small acknowledgment of the treatment of Jews during the war.

Chaos at the Opera

Fears for national opera’s future after artistic director’s departure leads to cancellation of shows, pay protests and a ministerial scalp

Romania kicked out of Eurovision after failing to pay debt

April 22, 2016, with Jessica Elgot Romania has suffered a fate worse than nul points after being booted out of this year’s Eurovision competition because it failed to clear its debts to the European Broadcasting Union. The EBU, which runs Eurovision, said Romania’s national broadcaster, Televiziunea Romana, had failed to pay debts totalling more than £7.9m. Ingrid Deltenre, director...

Romania may be booted off Eurovision over TV station’s debt

National station has amassed €10m debt to the European Broadcasting Union, with singer Ovidiu Anton’s place in the contest now in question
Travel back in time with a trip to Romanian rural idyll

Travel back in time with a trip to Romanian rural idyll

The countryside of Maramures, where farmers still use long scythes and home-made wooden pitchforks and there's no TV or internet, gives visitors a taste of how rural life was in much of Europe two centuries ago.

Brutal Romanian Prison Warden, 90, Loses Appeal of 20-Year Sentence

The highest court in Romania upheld a 20-year prison term for former warden from the country’s repressive Communist past who had overseen brutal treatment of prisoners, including routine beatings and starvation.

Eastern European officials warn EU deal may not be acceptable

Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania understood to be concerned that Tusk plan to keep UK in EU would discriminate against their workers

Romania suspends law allowing ‘authors’ to get reduced jail sentences

Prisoners could get 30 days written off for every scientific book published, with one jailed politician writing nine since 2014

In Europe’s Shadow, by Robert Kaplan

Kaplan revisits Romania, the “master key” for Balkans

Opposition Groups in Moldova Unite to Protest New Government

Frustration with the political establishment is boiling over again in Moldova, where more than 15,000 people took to the streets of the capital on Sunday to vent their anger at the new government that was sworn in just last week.

The Butcher’s Trail, by Julian Borger

The Butcher’s Trail - a defining account of the manhunt for Balkan war criminals

Book ’em: the loophole undermining Romania’s anti-corruption drive

Publishing a book of scientific value can shave 30 days off a jail term – but no one is evaluating the results of the many white-collar inmates exploiting the law