Electronic Curtain by Grotenhuis, Walther
The entry of Romania and Bulgaria, expected in 2007, will complete the fifth enlargement of the EU, which started in May 2004. Are these countries ready for admission? Both Romania and Bulgaria still face high levels of corruption, crime and unemployment. Furthermore, food safety, freedom and security need to be improved. Yet, the EU decided it is easier to tackle these problems after these countries join the Union rather than before.
In Electronic Curtain a discussion of new surveillance systems used by immigration officials is juxtaposed with the personal experience of Nicu, a young unemployed Rumanian worker. While proponents of strict immigration control extol the necessity and effectiveness of the new technology, Nicu and his friends complain about the difficulty of living in post-Communist Romania, where the transition to a free-market society is slow and painful.