Romania: No More Bringing Home the Bacon

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In the village of Gârbova in the Transylvania region of Romania, the old customs of the local ethnic Germans, the "Transylvanian Saxons," guarantee harmony in the community. But now there is trouble with the European Union. All the families bring their bacon to the tower of the medieval fortified church, where it is strictly guarded. Every weekend, the townspeople receive a slab of bacon. The idea is that no one will be out of bacon before spring and thus have to go borrowing or begging from neighbors. The old tradition helps preserve tranquillity in the village. But now Brussels is making trouble. The way the pigs are slaughtered here violates EU regulations, and the church is not considered a suitable place to store foodstuffs.
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