Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Economist: The dismal politics of one of Europe’s smallest nations.

IF RECENT events in Moldova, a tiny former Soviet republic, were used as the basis for a political-cum-gangster thriller, critics might find the storylines a bit far-fetched. In recent weeks, highlights of the drama...

European course needs to be promoted by communication, APE. Info Prim Neo: 20.02.2017

The Moldovan authorities do not have a strategy for disseminating information about the European course and the way in which the European integration process is perceived derives from here,

Resemblances and differences in the process of association with EU: Moldova – Ukraine –...

In the process of association with the European Union, the Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine have a number of resemblances and differences in terms of communication on the European course. These were analyzed by experts in a press club meeting staged at IPN by the Foreign Policy Association.

APE: Defective communication on European course generates greater Euro-skepticism. Info Prim Neo: 20.02.2017

Though the European association of Moldova is one of the main foreign policy courses, opinion polls show the popularity of the European integration idea diminishes among the population

International Report: Transnistria elects new President

Transnistrians have voted to elect a new President. But the de-facto state – and the election – isn’t recognized by most of the world. About half a million people live in Transnistria, squeezed between Molodva...

Inside Europe: Is Moldova looking to the east?

A pro-Russian candidate is set to become the next president of Moldova after Sunday's runoff vote. Since gaining independence after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Moldova's been mired in corruption scandals and political...

International Report: Igor Dodon wins Moldova presidential election

Pro-Russia candidate Igor Dodon has been elected as the new President of Moldova. He takes over from President Timoftai who has supported European Union sanctions on Russia, and he defeated the pro-Europe candidate, Maia...

The new presidents of Bulgaria and Moldova are less pro-Russian than advertised.The Economist. 14.11.2016

Victoria Bucataru of the Foreign Policy Association, a Moldovan think-tank, suspects that Mr Dodon and Mr Plahotniuc had a secret alliance” to stop Ms Sandu and her reform agenda. She anticipates that Mr Dodon will follow his announced first visit to Moscow with a reassuring one to Brussels. His election pledges to tear up Moldovas agreements with the European Union will be ignored, not least because—unlike Russia—the EU, its member countries and America give Moldova large amounts of aid. Ever since $1 billion was stolen from Moldovas banking system in 2014 (probably by local oligarchs), the country has been dependent on assistance from the IMF to prop up its financial system. Ms Bucataru thinks Mr Dodons pro-Russian rhetoric is a way of pressuring the West to keep up the flow of funds, while avoiding any serious reform.

Moldova Elections Arent About Europe or Russia. Theyre About Moldova.Andrew Kolb.German Marshall Fund. 10.11.2016

After this weeks U.S. election, not many in the United States or Western Europe are focused on the elections that are taking place in Moldova. Those who have been following saw a fascinating political drama unfold, as Maia Sandu took 38 percent of the vote to Socialist Partys Igor Dodons 48 percent in the first round of voting October 30 — results close enough to force a runoff election between the two candidates scheduled for November 13.

Intrenational Report: Moldovans hit the polls after 20 years

Moldovans went to the polls on Sunday for the first time in 20 years to participate in the country’s presidential elections. Out of nine candidates’ the two favourites had made it into the second...

Talks in 5+2 format must focus on three baskets, opinion

If the discussions in the new round of Transnistrian conflict settlement talks in the 5+2 format refer strictly to the social and economic problems faced on both sides of the Nistru River, the discussions...

Press Conference: Chisinau should insist on idea of a˜common economic area with Tiraspol, expert....

(Română) The Moldovan authorities should insist on a ‘common economic area with the Transnistrian region, which would form part of the Association Agreement between Moldova and the European Union. This is one of the recommendations of independent expert Corneliu Ciurea, who analyzed the situation created after the Association Council decided to extend the Association Agreement so that this covered Transnistria too, IPN reports.

Crisis in Moldova. A republic, if you can steal it. The Economist. 30.01.2016

IN 1918 the then three-month-old Moldovan republic gave up the struggle for survival and united with neighbouring Romania. It is a sign of how dire things are today, says Iulian Fota, a Romanian analyst, that people are talking about doing so again. Ever since 2014, when the embezzlement of about $1 billion from three banks forced a taxpayer bail-out that has crippled the economy, the country has been lurching towards collapse. Opposition supporters are permanently encamped in front of the government building. Maia Sandu, a former education minister who is rushing to build a new party, says the situation could lead to violence. No one seems to disagree.

Stabilizing countries in region will be main priority of new European Neighborhood Policy

The reviewed European Neighborhood Policy, which was presented to the European Parliament in November, will have the stabilization of the countries in the region as its main priority. It will focus on the differentiation...

Victor Chirila: European integration can become a process with no end result

The European integration of Moldova can turn into a process without an end result owing to a number of internal and external developments, considers the executive director of the Foreign Policy Association (APE) Victor...

Interaction with Romania is a solution for hastening Moldova’s integration into EU, APE

The Republic of Moldova needs a new realistic, ambitious and long-term European integration view and the interaction with the neighboring Romania in a number of areas is the best solution for securing the country’s...

APE supports strengthening of institutional capacities in non-discrimination sector

The Foreign Policy Association (APE), in partnership with the Council for the Prevention and Elimination of Discrimination and Gender Equality, aims to assist the employees of the Ministry of the Interior and its subdivisions...

Moldova’s reunification will be possible only by broad compromise, declaration

(Română) Reglementarea conflictului transnistrean va fi posibilă doar prin găsirea unui compromis dintre toți participanții la procesul de negocieri în formatul 5+2, inclusiv cu Rusia. Doar Chișinăul și Tiraspolul nu vor reuși să ajungă la compromis. Declarația a fost făcută de Victor Chirilă, directorul executiv al Asociației pentru Politică Externă, în cadrul unui club de presă APE la IPN, la care a fost prezentat raportul „Reglementarea Transnistreană în Impas”.

Victor Chirila: Moldova is not ready to reintegrate Transnistrian region

Moldova is totally unprepared for the reintegration of the Transnistrian region. Realities show the launch of the political negotiations on the special legal status of the region is unclear and even risky. Not only...

Some ministers of Leanca Government should be kept, opinions. Info Prim Neo.05.12.2014.

Some of the ministers who worked efficiently in the Leanca Government should be offered a post in the future Cabinet too so as to be able to continue the initiated reforms. Such opinions were presented in the program Moldova live” on the public TV channel Moldova 1, IPN reports.