Moldova

Defence policy 08-02-2017

Moldova balks at idea of closer NATO ties

Pro-Russian President of Moldova Igor Dodon yesterday (7 February) warned NATO that the closer ties it seeks with his strategically placed country could undermine its neutrality and threaten its security.

Economy & Jobs 23-01-2017

EU denies Russia say in Moldova Association Agreement

The European Union has quashed the suggestion that Russia could be involved in a trilateral review of Moldova’s Association Agreement with the bloc, which its president called into question last week during a visit to Moscow.

Enlargement 17-01-2017

Moldovan president hopes to cancel EU Association Agreement

Moldova's president said today (17 January) he hoped the ex-Soviet state's Association Agreement with the European Union would be cancelled if his party obtains a parliamentary majority, paving the way for an alliance with Moscow.

Enlargement 16-01-2017

Commission approves new aid programme for Moldova

The European Commission will provide Moldova with €100 million in EU aid as the Eastern European country struggles to meet its short-term financial needs. EurActiv Romania reports.

Why it is crucial to end orphanage-style care systems in Europe

Strengthening families and tackling child poverty goes hand-in-hand with ending institutional care for children, writes Jana Hainsworth.

Elections 16-12-2016

Ex-Romanian president’s Moldovan citizenship withdrawn

Incoming Moldovan President Igor Dodon is reportedly planning to strip former Romanian President Traian Băsescu of his Moldovan citizenship. EurActiv Romania reports.

Enlargement 08-12-2016

EU should recognise Romania as bulwark against Russian expansionism

Moldova and Bulgaria recently joined Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic in electing leaders with strong ties to the Kremlin. Romania remains the last pro-European bastion, writes Nicolas Tenzer.

Enlargement 06-12-2016

Moldovan president-elect opposes planned NATO office

Moldova’s President-elect, Socialist Igor Dodon, has reiterated his opposition to plans to open a NATO Liaison Office in the country’s capital of Chișinău, according to Moldovan media. EurActiv Romania reports.

Global Europe 02-12-2016

Putin curbs anti-Western rhetoric, says wants to get on with Trump

President Vladimir Putin struck an unusually conciliatory tone in his annual state of the nation address yesterday (1 December), saying Moscow wanted to get on with the incoming US administration and was looking to make friends not enemies.

Health 29-11-2016

Study: One in seven with HIV in Europe unaware of infection

One in seven people with HIV in Europe is unaware of their infection, the EU and World Health Organization reported Tuesday (29 November) as 2015 marked another record year for new HIV cases in the region.

Socialist Party election poster depicts activists meeting with Putin. It reads “Together with Russia” [Reuters]
Enlargement 29-11-2016

EU, Moldova reaffirm ties after pro-Russian president elected

The European Union and Moldova on Monday (29 November) reaffirmed close ties which they said would not be affected by the recent election of a pro-Russian president.

Europe's East 28-11-2016

Moldova’s geopolitical crossroads

Moldova’s first directly elected president may have legitimacy in the eyes of the people, but he will have to steer his country through stormy economic and geopolitical waters, writes Serghei Sadohin.

Armenia 21-11-2016

For Russia, some conflicts are colder than ever

The breakaway strategy should be understood as part of Russia's broader efforts to keep its sphere of influence in the former Soviet periphery intact so as to buffer against foreign rivals, writes Eugene Chausovsky.

Elections 15-11-2016

Moldova’s pro-Russian president-elect says EU ties will remain

The pro-Russian winner of Moldova's presidential election said today (15 November) the country would not cut ties with the European Union, appearing to row back on campaign comments that it should move closer to Moscow.

Global Europe 15-11-2016

EU backs minimalist defence plan in effort not to undermine NATO

EU ministers approved a common defence plan yesterday (14 November) despite sharp differences over how far it should go, as Donald Trump's election win stoked fears about Washington's commitment to European security.

Elections 14-11-2016

Pro-Russian candidate triumphs in Moldova presidential election

A pro-Russian candidate for president of Moldova has won the race, preliminary results showed yesterday (13 November), following a campaign in which he vowed to slam the brakes on seven years of closer integration with the European Union.

Energy 09-11-2016

Western energy investment in Moldova depends on election result

Energy majors are lining up to obtain hydrocarbon exploration projects in Moldova but the outcome is dependent on the result of the upcoming presidential election, according to a former Romanian energy minister. EurActiv Romania reports.

Elections 31-10-2016

Pro-Russia candidate narrowly misses first round victory in Moldova election

Moldova's presidential election will go to a second round, preliminary results showed early today (31 October), after a pro-Russian socialist candidate fell short of winning sufficient support to achieve all-out victory.

Economy & Jobs 28-10-2016

Economic woes abroad hit Moldova’s migrant workers

With an economic crisis in neighbouring Russia and growing uncertainty in Europe, the hordes of migrant workers from ex-Soviet Moldova face a huge dilemma: whether to return home to grim prospects or ride out tough times abroad.

Global Europe 28-10-2016

Pro-EU, pro-Russia candidates go head-to-head in Moldova vote

Moldova will go to the ballots on Sunday (30 October) for a presidential election viewed as a tug-of-war between supporters of European integration and advocates of closer relations with the ex-Soviet country's former master Moscow.

Global Europe 18-10-2016

EU ministers redefine policy with Russia, Eastern neighbours

The foreign ministers of the 28 EU countries have redefined yesterday (17 October) the Union foreign policy priorities for 2016 and the basis of its relations with Russia and the countries of the Eastern neighbourhood.

Global Europe 04-10-2016

Russia backs ‘woman from Eastern Europe’ for UN chief

Russia said yesterday (3 October) that it would like to see a woman as the next UN secretary general and would back a candidate from Eastern Europe.

Health 03-10-2016

‘Cheap whites’: The new trend dominating tobacco black markets

Tobacco smugglers have found new ways of expanding their illegal activities and now focus on a trend called "cheap whites", which is raising new challenges for European regulators and Europol.

Europe's East 01-09-2016

Auditors expose failures in EU assistance to Moldova

The European Court of Auditors published a very critical assessment  today (1 September) of the way the Commission spends EU money in Moldova, a country associated with the EU and with an ambition to join the Union in the longer term.