Andrey Makarychev 26 May 2017
(3DCFTAs) Abstract: A general and strategic effect of EU’s Association Agreements and DCFTAs with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine has been the extension of the concept of Europe and its wider opening to neighborhoods and margins. It is on this basis that a European normative order can be differentiated from both the ‘Russian world’ and Eurasian geopolitical space. However this paper argues that the process of association is not a...
Sergey Markedonov 17 Nov 2016
(Russia Direct) The presidential campaign in the Republic of Moldova is now officially over with the second round of elections concluded on Nov. 13. The first round that took place two weeks earlier did not determine a winner but made two political trends evident: The percentage of voters who supported closer ties with Russia and those who supported the EU was more or less equal, and there is demand for a change in Moldova regardless...
Popescu: The new Moldovan president rode a wave of dissatisfaction, which was more pivotal than the pro-Russian rhetoric
PONARS Eurasia 15 Nov 2016
(DW) The Red Star is back in Moldova, this time as a symbol of the Socialists' Party (PSRM) led by Igor Dodon. On Sunday, he won the country's presidency in a second round of voting. Preliminary results have Dodon with about 52 percent of the tally and his opponent, Maia Sandu of the Action and Solidarity party (PAS), with almost 48 percent. Dodon led in the first round of voting as well, but fell just short of the majority needed to declare...
Popescu: Moldovan support for the EU has decreased recently, partly as a reflection of pro-EU governments not fighting corruption
PONARS Eurasia 01 Nov 2016
(RFE/RL) Moldovans head to the polls this weekend for a presidential election that could hint at whether the country's current aspirations lie more with the European Union or Russia. The October 30 vote pits nine candidates in a race for what largely is a ceremonial position as head of state. Moldova's constitution puts executive power in the former Soviet republic -- one of Europe's poorest countries -- in the hands of the prime...
Kakachia: Policymakers should form a new group, the Black Sea Trio, of Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova
PONARS Eurasia 08 Mar 2016
(New Eastern Europe) Dealing with Russian involvement and implementing reforms – that is the main advice the members of the European Parliament gave to Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova in its resolution on January 21st 2016. With a special focus on the war in eastern Ukraine, the deputies urged these three countries to move toward democratic transformations and efficient government work. The resolution analysed the progress made by these countries...
PONARS Eurasia 27 Jan 2016
(The National) Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in the Moldovan capital Chisinau yesterday to protest against the country’s new government and demand new elections. Trouble erupted on Wednesday when demonstrators broke into parliament in protest against the swearing-in of the pro-EU administration of Pavel Filip – the nation’s third government in under a year. Days of unrest have followed, with pro-EU and pro-Russian...
New Policy Memo: Why Central Asia is More Stable than Eastern Europe: The Domestic Impact of Geopolitics
George Gavrilis 21 Jul 2015
In the early 1990s, scholars, journalists, and political observers predicted that the new Central Asian states would descend into chaos and break apart. More than 20 years later, Central Asia’s states seem relatively stable, both at their political centers and outlying territories, including states like Tajikistan that were once embroiled in civil war. Eastern Europe, meanwhile, is littered with frozen and active conflicts and states whose rulers...
Popescu: The disappearance of unbelievable amounts of cash raises questions about the integrity of Moldova
PONARS Eurasia 29 May 2015
(New Europe) In the schoolmaster culture of European Neighborhood policy in Brussels, a few things can be missed from evaluation report to evaluation report. This time, a lot has been missed. East Partnership states are handed “reform assignments” to deliver by a specified date. Apparently, according to the European Commission, 2014 was a good year in terms of normative approximation and reform for Moldova. For all purposes, the East...
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