Has Romania's passion for progress stalled?
19 May 2014 Last updated at 23:30 BST
Life in Romania under communism was particularly harsh - people queued for hours for basic foods.
But 25 years after the fall of communism, Romania is still the second poorest country in the EU.
The BBC's Tanya Beckett looks at the impact of Romania's revolution on three generations of women from one family.