Justice Systems in Europe Require Whistleblowers

Interview with Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

9 March 2021

Wojciech Przybylski


Last week, Visegrad Insight hosted Camelia Bogdan, a Romanian judge, who told her remarkable story of seizing corrupt funds from ex-Securitate criminals for which she has nearly lost her job. Examining the Camelia Bogdan case, we sat down for an interview with a top European anti-corruption specialist to discuss the Romanian corruption case in the broader context of the EU’s struggle to defend the rule of law.

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi
Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi is a Professor of Democracy Studies at the Hertie School in Berlin. Her research focuses on anti-corruption policy and good governance. She is the President of the Romanian Academic Society (SAR) and founder of the social media watchdog platform Clean Romania!.

Mungiu-Pippidi served as the Romanian correspondent for the French newspaper Le Monde for a couple of years. She holds a PhD in Social Psychology from the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi in Romania and studied political science at Harvard University.

Visegrad Insight: How is the case of Judge Camelia Bogdan? How much does it reveal about the situation and all the problems regarding the judicial system and corruption in Romania?


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Wojciech Przybylski


Political analyst heading Visegrad Insight's policy foresight on European affairs. His expertise includes foreign policy and political culture. Editor-in-Chief of Visegrad Insight and President of the Res Publica Foundation. Europe's Future Fellow at IWM - Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna and Erste Foundation. Wojciech also co-authored a book 'Understanding Central Europe’, Routledge 2017. He has been published in Foreign Policy, Politico Europe, Journal of Democracy, EUObserver, Project Syndicate, VoxEurop, Hospodarske noviny, Internazionale, Zeit, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, Onet, Gazeta Wyborcza and regularly appears in BBC, Al Jazeera Europe, Euronews, TRT World, TVN24, TOK FM, Swedish Radio and others.


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