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.
The great escape: how Bucharest rolled entire churches to safety

The great escape: how Bucharest rolled entire churches to safety

When Bucharest faced a radical redesign in the 1980s under communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu, engineers moved complete buildings hundreds of metres on metal tracks to preserve the Romanian capital’s architectural heritage
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
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.
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Sorin’s in: Romania’s new government

A vote of confidence today will kick off the appointment of a new Romanian government

Romania’s president rejects prime minister candidate

Sevil Shhaideh, a little-known economist, would have been the country's first Muslim and female prime minister, with the decision likely to increase the rift between the president and the parliament majority.

Romania Set for First Female, and First Muslim, Prime Minister

In a surprise move Romania’s largest political party nominated a woman from the country’s Tatar minority for prime minister. If she wins approval she'll be both the first Muslim and the first woman to hold the post.

Romanians Return Center-Left Party to Power

Despite recent scandals, the Social Democratic Party secured a large lead. But the main question remains who might be prime minister.

Romania set to go to polls as anti-graft party eyes kingmaker role

Centre-left PSD set to fall short of majority, with Save Romania Union eyeing the possibility of stepping in as junior partner in a new coalition

Book review: China, US bound by suspicion and hope

John Pomfret’s history of the friends-to-allies-to-enemies-and-back-again relationship between China and America is a masterful account of the ties that have shaped the foremost powers in the world today

Russia-friendly candidate wins Moldovan presidential election

In another development likely to embolden Russian president Vladimir Putin, voters in Moldova elected Igor Dodon, a pro-Russian candidate, as the country’s new president.

Pro-Russia Candidate Appears Likely to Win Bulgarian Presidency

Elections in Bulgaria and Moldova point to a resurgence of Pro-Russian political leaders

Saudi banks’ growth hit by liquidity squeeze

Liquidity in the Saudi Arabian banking sector has tightened, but there is no cause for concern just yet, reports Kit Gillet. However, the central bank is introducing measures to ease the pressure and boost lending.

Is the Gulf banking sector set for a wave of consolidation?

The merger between National Bank of Abu Dhabi and FGB could well trigger a series of consolidatory moves across the Gulf 's banking sector. But will this lead to the emergence of a handful of regional powerhouses?
Reclaiming the streets ... for cars? Why Bucharest is reining in outdoor events

Reclaiming the streets … for cars? Why Bucharest is reining in outdoor events

While cities around the world embrace pedestrianisation, Bucharest’s new mayor is blaming traffic on street events such as Via Sport, which closes a central boulevard to cars on weekends. Is the Romanian capital taking a step backwards?

Enthusiastic about the EU, Romanians take Brexit vote hard

For some Romanians, the Brexit referendum was a commentary on how well they and others from former communist Eastern Europe had been accepted into the EU family – and it wasn't positive.