Global Europe 23-11-2022

Moldova accuses Russia of energy blackmail, ‘ready for any scenario’

Moldova said on Wednesday (23 November) Russia had sent no signals that it would stop supplying it with gas next month but that it was ready for any scenario because Moscow was using energy resources as "a tool of blackmail".
Enlargement 22-11-2022

Moldova warns of acute crisis as powers pledge more support

Moldova warned its people on Monday (21 November) to brace for a harsh winter as it was facing an "acute" energy crisis which risked stoking popular unrest with Russia's war in Ukraine threatening its energy supplies and prices surging.
Enlargement 09-11-2022

Moldova facing dark winter as energy crisis bites

Faced with being starved of the Russian gas it has depended on for decades, the coming months will be crucial for Moldova., since recently a EU candidate country.
Enlargement 24-10-2022

Convicted criminal sponsors new Moldova anti-government protest

Several thousand protesters denouncing Moldova's pro-Western leaders marched through ex-Soviet state's capital for the sixth consecutive Sunday (23 October) and set up a new tent camp days after police cleared a similar encampment.
Global Europe 14-10-2022

Moldova struggles to pay for gas after Gazprom warning

Moldova's pro-Western government, facing warnings from Russian gas supplier Gazprom about non-payment on obligations, must work out a plan to pay for gas supplies as winter is fast approaching, the head of gas utility Moldovagaz said.
Europe's East 11-10-2022

Moldovan president calls for tougher policing to tackle pro-Russia protests

Moldovan President Maia Sandu on Tuesday (11 October) backed giving more powers to law enforcement to crack down on street protests, which she said were destabilising the country and aimed at installing a pro-Russian leadership.
Armenia 06-10-2022

‘European Political Community’ takes shape in face of Russia’s war

Leaders of 44 European countries are set to gather in Prague on Thursday (6 October) for their inaugural summit of the European Political Community (EPC), a new format searching for a purpose as multiple crises hit the continent.
Europe's East 27-09-2022

Moldova can’t rely only on neutral status, security aide says

Moldova can no longer rely only on its neutral status and must ramp up its defensive military power, a security aide to pro-Western President Maia Sandu said on Monday (26 September).
Enlargement 19-09-2022

Thousands take part in anti-government protest in Moldova

Thousands of protesters denouncing high inflation and fuel prices massed outside Moldova's government on Sunday (18 September) demanding the resignation of pro-Western President Maia Sandu and her government.
Eastern Europe 06-09-2022

Georgia at risk amid Putin’s push to restore USSR

In Putin’s push to restore the USSR the biggest risk is for Georgia, followed by Armenia, Moldova and Kazakhstan as well as other Central Asian former Soviet republics, writes Roman Rukomeda.
Global Europe 02-09-2022

Russia warns Moldova not to threaten its troops in breakaway region

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Moldova on Thursday (1 September) that threatening the security of Russian troops in the breakaway region of Transnistria risked triggering military confrontation with Moscow.
Enlargement 22-06-2022

The Brief – Beware of unkept promises

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has revived Europe's enlargement, a process that has been deemed dead. Now EU member states need to keep it alive.
Enlargement 17-06-2022

Ukraine, Moldova should get EU candidate status, Georgia might need to wait, EU executive says

The EU should grant candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova, bringing them a step closer to bloc membership, while Georgia still has some homework to do, the European Commission said on Friday (17 June) in a highly-anticipated opinion on the bloc's future enlargement.
Europe's East 16-06-2022

Russians using Georgia to bypass sanctions, say Ukrainian lawmakers

Russian people and companies are using entities in Georgia to bypass Western sanctions, a group of Ukrainian lawmakers said on Wednesday (15 June), urging the United States to take action over the accusations.
Enlargement 08-06-2022

North Macedonia’s PM: We wish Ukraine good luck but for us, the EU didn’t deliver yet

The EU's stalled accession process has become a security issue amid an increase in the influence of foreign players in the vulnerable Western Balkans region, North Macedonia's Prime Minister Dimitar Kovačevski told EURACTIV in an interview.
Europe's East 03-06-2022

No time to wait, give Moldova EU candidate status

A candidate status with a strong European perspective will serve as a powerful booster for the entire Moldovan society amid severe regional crises, write Iulian Groza and Stefan Meister. Iulian Groza is the Executive Director of the Institute for European...
Global Europe 24-05-2022

Pro-Russian ex-president of Moldova detained for ‘treason’

Moldova on Tuesday (24 May) detained pro-Russian ex-president Igor Dodon on suspicion of treason and corruption, prosecutors said, as the conflict in neighbouring Ukraine has heightened tensions in the country seeking EU membership.
Europe's East 09-05-2022

Three imperilled neighbours on this Europe Day

The European Union has to decide its future also by responding to the latest calls for EU membership from Ukraine and the two other Associated states, Georgia and Moldova, writes Tinatin Akhvlediani.
Europe's East 04-05-2022

Charles Michel visits Moldova, promises military support

The European Union is considering additional military support to Moldova, to cope with the spillover from Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, European Council President Charles Michel said on a visit to Chisinau on Wednesday (4 May).
Europe's East 27-04-2022

Zelenskyy accuses Russia of attempting to drag Moldova into war

Ukraine accused Moscow on Tuesday (26 April) of trying to drag Moldova's breakaway region of Transnistria into its war on Kyiv after authorities in the Moscow-backed region said they had been targeted by a series of attacks.
Europe's East 26-04-2022

More blasts in Transnistria: Moldova convenes its security council

Two explosions damaged Soviet-era radio masts that broadcast Russian radio from a village in the breakaway Moldovan region of Transnistria on Tuesday (26 April), prompting Moldova's president to convene an urgent security meeting.
Europe's East 26-04-2022

Security headquarters in Moldova’s breakaway region hit by explosions

A series of explosions struck the building housing the ministry of state security in Moldova’s breakaway region of Transnistria on Monday (25 April), days after Moscow said the Russian-backed region could be drawn into the war in Ukraine. Officials from...
Eastern Europe 04-04-2022

Associate memberships revisited: How to get the EU enlargement policy right

The alternative to a decades-long EU enlargement process would be to revive a concept discussed at the turn of the millennium: Associate memberships as a preliminary stage to full membership writes Andreas Wittkowsky.
Health 24-03-2022

WHO calls to ensure health of both Ukrainian refugees and host population in Moldova

The urgent need to strengthen the national public health system for Ukrainian refugees and Moldovans has been stressed by Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, during a trip to the latter.