In Transylvania, centuries-old churches are being “brutally revamped” using EU funds. Original features have been stripped in restoration projects mired in conflicts of interest. Luke Dale-Harris reports from Sibiu.
Standing to face a room full of angry conservationists, the Romanian Evangelical Church lawyer Friedrich Gunesch looks red faced and shaken. Over the last four hours he has faced accusations of corruption, ineptitude and the deliberate destruction of historical monuments, as restoration specialists and investigative journalists put forward evidence against his office. They are all trying to establish the same thing: How did an EU funded, multi-million euro restoration project end up wrecking many of Romania’s most treasured churches?
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