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Romania: A mayor with ambitions

Emil Boc had to step down as Romanian prime minister in 2012, but now, as mayor of Cluj-Napoca he's fighting for reform in his country and trying to improve Romania's image.

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Cluj-Napoca is Romania's second-largest city and through history it has been shaped by Hungarians, Germans and Romanians. What city could be better suited to demonstrate to a crisis-ridden country how pragmatic, reformist policies that conform to EU standards can succeed? For Mayor Boc, at least, Cluj is much more than the capital of the historical region of Transylvania. He sees it as a basis for Romania's renewal.