Romania

Moldova’s Pro-European Victors Face Huge Challenge in Delivering Reforms

The pro-Western winners in July’s elections have promised the country a long list of changes – but actually implementing them will be far from easy. The crushing victory of pro-European forces in Moldova’s July 11 early parliamentary elections over pro-Russian parties has brought the country potential benefits but also many …

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Moldova Eyes Energy Independence from Russia

Though some ‘minor problems’ have still to be resolved, gas should start flowing from Romania to Moldova in October, giving the country a much-anticipated alternative to Russia. When construction ended in August 2020 on a 120-kilometre gas pipeline from Romania to Moldova, it was hailed as a milestone in cutting …

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Vor der Herkulesreform

Moldaus pro-europäische Präsidentin hat die Wahlen gewonnen. Nun muss sie das korruptionsgebeutelte Land reformieren. Mit diesem fulminanten Ergebnis ihrer Partei für Aktion und Gerechtigkeit (PAS) von rund 52 Prozent dürfte selbst Moldaus pro-europäische Präsidentin Maia Sandu kaum gerechnet haben. Zweifellos: Das Votum ist eine klare Richtungsentscheidung für Europa und gegen …

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In Fight for Votes, Moldovan Parties Fail Marginalised Groups

The rights of women, Roma, people with disabilities and the LGBT community barely feature in Moldova’s July 11 election. Where Moldova’s pro-European Action and Solidarity Party, PAS, devotes an entire chapter of its 45-page election manifesto to the rights of women, its chief rival in this month’s election, the pro-Russian …

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Pro-European Camp Counts on Anti-Graft Message in Moldovan Election

Experts warn that playing on old East-West rivalries may backfire for pro-Russian Socialists in Moldova’s July election. Moldovans face one election in July, but two competing campaign narratives. On the left, the pro-Russian parties are framing the upcoming parliamentary poll in terms of nationalism and Moldova’s geopolitical position, while to …

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Property Disputes Become Bilateral Issue between Moldova and Ukraine

Moldova says it is slowly being robbed of the property portfolio of spas and sanatoriums it built up in Ukraine when they were both part of the Soviet Union. Acourt ruling in Moldova regarding ownership of a building housing the country’s consulate in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa is …

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Romania To Expel Russian Diplomat Amid Prague-Moscow Dispute Over Arms Depot Blast

Romania says it is expelling a Russian diplomat, the latest European country to do so amid a diplomatic dispute between Moscow and Prague over Russia’s alleged role in a deadly 2014 explosion at a Czech arms depot. The Foreign Ministry decided to declare Aleksei Grichayev, the deputy military attaché at …

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Migrants on Westward Trek Meet Kindness in Romania’s Timisoara

Asylum seekers and migrants often encounter hostility on their way to the West – but in Timisoara those passing through are meeting a remarkable outpouring of solidarity. On 26 November last year, people in Timisoara, a city in western Romania, were moved to find that 25 migrants who had recently …

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MQ-9 begins flying missions from Romania

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AFNS) — The 25th Attack Group began flying the first active-duty operated U.S. Air Forces in Europe MQ-9 Reaper sorties in Romania via remote-split operations as of Feb. 1. The 25th ATKG is a unit under the command of the 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing. Both …

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Word Games: Russian Language Disputes Could Again Fracture Moldova

The status of Russian remains deeply contentious in Moldova – and both Moscow and Moldova’s politicians have shown their willingness to exacerbate divisions by playing the language card. Alook into Moldovan archives shows how the states treatment of the Russian language destabilised the country on multiple occasions in the 20th …

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