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Miruna Munteanu

Columnist at Jurnalul Naţional and political commentator for Realitatea TV, Romania

Although I have a degree in Computer Science from the Bucharest Polytechnic University, journalism has been my profession for the last 17 years. Other than sport, there really aren't many fields I haven't covered, from crime stories (in my early years), to both foreign and domestic politics. I've investigated corruption scandals, documented the rise and struggles of Romanian freemasonry, I've reported from Iraq during the final days of Saddam Hussein's regime and from Strasbourg - the day of EU Parliament's final vote for Romania's admission. Reuters' "Writing International News" Programme, which I attended in 1996, proved to be an invaluable experience and learning opportunity. I'm also grateful for the brief but effective training at The Guardian, in 1998, sponsored by the British Association for Central and Eastern Europe.For more than 10 years I've been chief editor of the very popular "Dosare ultra secrete" ("Top Secret Files"), a weekly supplement of ZIUA national daily (closed in 2009). It aimed to offer serious background to main international events, with a special focus on intelligence and strategic thinking. Previously classified documents from archives, both Romanian or foreign, also provided many interesting stories, putting old events into a new perspective. In September 2002 I co-authored "The Mysteries of 9.11", a book that proved to be surprisingly accurate in its descriptions and predictions. Since May 2008 I have been a columnist for Jurnalul Naţional, one of the last broadsheets surviving the deepening print crisis in Romania. I’ve also collaborated on several TV talk-shows and documentaries. I am a regular guest of "Penser L'Europe" seminars and annual events held jointly by the Romanian, French and Belgian Academies.