How are things in Romania going?
I'm glad that politicians from V4 (Poland, Czech rep, Slovakia and Hungary) are finally going to fight for a law that will make Western companies sell same quality products here as in Western EU.
Now there are available exactly the same products in our supermarkets, but we get much lower quality compared to Germany. Less fat in diary products, cheap chemicals and filllers, glucose fructose syrup instead of real sugar, etc. They complained in the EU Parliament about this in the past, but western politicians couldn't care less and said it was OK. This year, they want to fight aggressively to ensure we get same quality for exactly the same products.
We used to be 100% self sufficient during socialism and the quality of food was high (we didn't have bananas and oranges, that's true, but I'm talking about basic food such as grains, local fruit and vegetables, milk and meat now). I know there were parts of the USSR where people were hungry, but not in this area.
However, after the revolution many local producers couldn't cope with capitalism and bankrupted. This lead to need for import. And these western companies immediately started sending what was considered second class or waste for their customers.
What's more, the EU puts all barriers it can to prevent our government to support our small producers. We wanted to support them but the EU said it is protectionism and against free market.
Nowadays we have to import about 40% of food. Although even now I buy mostly Slovak products when available, I want to be able to get the same Nutella, same Coca-Cola (although I drink it very rarely and in fact I prefer local brand), same spices and same cosmetic products as people 3 hours drive to the west get.
Still, I'd love to read ANYTHING either positive or negative about your countries. It doesn't matter if it is nature or culture, I really want to know about your place