Laura Stefanut (Romania)

Laura Stefanut is a freelance journalist based in Romania.

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In the past few years she has collaborated with German public broadcaster ARD on investigative stories. After leaving her job at a national TV station, she has also become involved in developing Romanian independent media.

Her fellowship story focuses on the clothing industry in southeastern Europe.

Diary

26 Jun 2015 / 09:00

The Romanian city that can only export luxury

Laura Stefanut

The old lady sitting on a street bench had the elegance of a grandmother dressed for church. She looked intrigued and somewhat amused by my question. After pausing to see whether I was joking, she replied: "You won't find a shopping mall in this city. No famous brands. People could never afford them."