On a recent blazing-hot June day in Romania, down a nondescript, potholed dirt road, a stream of men walked or stepped out of expensive cars. They were going to see the king.
Dorin Cioaba had just been elected president of the International Romani Union, one of the oldest Roma organizations in the world, after vowing to take his people’s cause to the United Nations. Following the election, Cioaba had proclaimed himself “King of Gypsies All Over the World.”
On the day VICE News arrived, Cioaba had just dashed from an appearance at a television studio to receive international delegates at his offices opposite his mansion in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu. Thanks to his recent election, he was in a celebratory mood.
Nevertheless, his reign commenced as tensions over Europe’s largest ethnic minority — up to 12 million people — reached a fever pitch. The fear among many was that the lifting this year of European Union work restrictions on citizens from its new member states of Romania and Bulgaria would unleash a flood of migrants, and an accompanying crime wave, on the continent’s wealthier countries.
Source (English language): https://news.vice.com/article/an-audience-with-the-king-of-the-gypsies