Moldova

Central Asia 13-09-2018

TRACECA could have been the backbone of Belt and Road

In the early 1990’s, the EU had actually paved the way for Euro-Asian connectivity programmes with TRACECA, a programme meant to promote regional transport dialogue. However, its attention to the initiative dwindled over the years, writes Nicola Contessi.
Europe's East 24-11-2017

Bringing the Eastern Partnership closer to the citizens

The Eastern Partnership can only be successful if people feel and believe in its positive results and see concrete improvements in their daily lives, write Micheil Dschanelidse and Michael Roth.
Europe's East 23-11-2017

A low-key Eastern Partnership Summit

Instead of grand declarations, a low-key Eastern Partnership Summit focusing on concrete deliverables can be just what both the EU and the EaP countries need, write Igor Merheim-Eyre and Katarzyna Sobieraj.
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.
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.
Enlargement 14-12-2015

Linkevicius: Dealing with Russia is like playing football against a rugby team

Calls for returning to “normal dialogue” and re-establishing “pragmatic” relations with Russia only show that some in the EU have not learned the lessons of the recent past, writes Linas Linkevi?ius.
Med & South 18-11-2015

EU urgently needs new neighbourhood policies

There will never be a common foreign and security policy worthy of the name unless the EU manages to redefine its neighbourhood policies, writes Michael Leigh.
Global Europe 07-05-2015

European war games: Responses to Russian military drills

The Nordic and Baltic states are working to boost security cooperation in response to Russia's military activity in the region and the security buildup on both sides is expected to continue, writes Stratfor.
Armenia 14-04-2015

The European struggle for the East

The Eastern Partnership Initiative (EaP) lacks a more tailored approach to partner countries as well as comprehensive security element, wrotes Václav Lídl.
Michael Emerson
Europe's East 17-02-2015

Is there reason to hope for Minsk II?

The last Minsk agreement on eastern Ukraine failed to bring peace. The latest looks similar — but the context has changed, writes Michael Emerson.
Europe's East 15-12-2014

Moldova – a call for a new approach

The EU should reevaluate its enlargement policy and appeal in its communication strategy to the whole society, not only to politicians, writes Renate Weber.
Global Europe 18-11-2014

EU communication versus Russian propaganda

Russian propaganda is taking the EU off-guard. Some who still remember the Communist days say it is reaching heights unknown, since the end of the Cold War. Thirty years ago, this propaganda was on the defensive, while now Moscow is on the offensive, writes Georgi Gotev.
Eberhard Rhein [Centrum für angewandte Politikforschung]
Europe's East 03-07-2014

EU must prepare for membership of Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia

Europe will soon be a dwarf lacking the leverage to weigh in world affairs. It is in the European interest to work on a long-term membership deal for the three, now associated, countries south of Russia, writes Eberhard Rhein.
Global Europe 25-03-2014

Power play over Ukraine: ‘hard power’ versus ‘soft power’

Russian President Vladimir Putin is gambling that his short-term hard power will prevail in Ukraine, while the West is hoping that its superior long-term soft power will succeed. The stakes couldn’t be higher, writes Elizabeth Pond.
Europe's East 27-08-2012

Why Merkel is taking such a keen interest in Moldova

With a eurozone crisis and other challenges to deal with, why has German Chancellor Angela Merkel taken such an interest in tiny Moldova? One reason is that Moldova is sitting on the borders of the EU and the unresolved conflict there remains dangerous and unstable. Another is that Merkel wanted to use the frozen conflict in Transnistria as a test case for Berlin’s relations with the Kremlin, writes Judy Dempsey.

Non-paper on the European Neighbourhood Policy’s Eastern dimension

While accepting the need for a "fundamentally redesigned" European Neighbourhood Policy in light of the Arab revolutions, European People's Party MEPs argue for a continued focus on the EU's East European neighbours. They propose numerous measures for the bloc's Eastern partners including increased funding, more comprehensive free trade agreements and visa liberalisation.
Global Europe 12-07-2007

Estonian tips for Georgia and Moldova on handling Moscow

Conflicts in Georgia and other parts of the South Caucasus region owe much to Russia's "peace-keeping" policies in the region, writes Estonian former prime minister Mart Laar in a July article for Europe's World.
Med & South 01-02-2007

New opportunities for Romanian-Moldovan relations

This article by George Dura of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), argues that the EU's incentives have been insufficient to match Russia’s clout and that Romania's close relations with Moldova should be strengthened.

Promoting democracy through civil society: How to step up the EU’s policy towards the eastern neighb

This study, written by Kristi Raik and published by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), argues that civil society should be a more important priority of democracy promotion in the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood and calls for a strategic and differentiated approach designed according to the stage of democratisation in the target country.
Med & South 05-07-2005

Polish best practices on European integration process – recommendations for Moldova

In this working paper published by the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE), the authors (Iurie Gotisan, Karina Kostrzewa and Eugen Osmochescu) present Poland's achievements as a successful way towards full EU membership and attempt to assess the competitive and institutional capacities of Moldova in the context of EU membership requirements.
Med & South 02-05-2005

A spreading danger: Time for a new policy towards Chechnya

The ongoing conflict in and around Chechnya is helping to feed the wider international jihadi movement, and is endangering the West as well as Russia. The next “soft target” of North Caucasian terrorism could be a Western one, say Fiona HillAnatol Lieven and Thomas de Waal in their policy brief published by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).
Global Europe 08-03-2005

Is Russia Hoping For Revolution In Moldova?

This analysis by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty looks at Moscow's approach to Moldova in the wake of the 6 March elections.
Med & South 03-03-2005

Moldova before parliamentary election

The ruling Communist Party of Moldova (CPM) is popular and has a good chance of success in the ballot without abusing its power, even though its victory is unlikely to be as sweeping as the one in 2001, says Jacek Wróbel of the Centre for Eastern Studies.