About: Igor Dodon

Europe's East 18-06-2019

Main takeaways from the Moldovan political crisis

Although the new coalition comes with risks, Moldova is now in a unique position to restore its democratic track record and recommit to its path of pro-European reforms, write Cristina Gherasimov and Iulian Groza.
Europe's East 15-06-2019

‘Moldova is free’ cheers new premier as rival steps aside

Moldova’s new prime minister Maia Sandu consolidated her power on Friday (14 June) as her predecessor resigned, appearing to ease a crisis that shook the country for the past week as two rival governments jostled for control.
Europe's East 12-06-2019

Moldova’s unprecedented power struggle: A drama in five acts

Two governments - one ‘de facto’, one ‘de jure’ - are holding meetings in Moldova’s capital. Each claims legitimacy and accuses the other of usurpation of power. Civil servants are starting to take sides in what is an unprecedented power struggle for the country.
Europe's East 25-02-2019

Moldova looks set for hung parliament as opposition threatens protests

Early results pointed to a hung parliament in Moldova's election on Sunday (24 February), splitting the vote between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces at a time when the ex-Soviet republic's relations with the European Union have soured.
Europe's East 22-02-2019

In Moldova, voters choose between Russia and Europe

Voters in Moldova head to the polls on Sunday (24 February) for a parliamentary election reflecting the tiny ex-Soviet republic's long-standing division between pro-Russians and pro-Europeans.
Economy & Jobs 25-05-2018

Romania squandering EU funding, Moldova deserves more, says EU regional boss

Romanian Commissioner Corina Creţu wants her country to take full advantage of the EU funding that is on offer and for Moldova to meet the bloc’s accession criteria in order to unlock even more financing.
Europe's East 03-01-2018

Moldovan court suspends president’s powers over refusal to appoint ministers

The Moldovan constitutional court temporarily suspended the powers of President Igor Dodon yesterday (2 January) following his refusal to approve the appointment of several pro-Europe ministers.
Global Europe 12-06-2017

Thousands in Moldova protest over proposed voting changes

Several thousand people took part in demonstrations across Moldova on Sunday (11 June), protesting both in favour of and against proposed changes to the electoral system that European rights experts see as "inappropriate".
Europe's East 06-06-2017

Moldova minister: Pro-Moscow camp only offers short-term solutions

The Moldovan government wants to transform the country into a platform for cooperation and even though the idea of a modernised, European Moldova is defined very clearly, Foreign Minister Andrei Galbur says it is wrong to split the country along pro-European or pro-Russian lines. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.
Europe's East 30-05-2017

Moldovan president furious as government expels five Russian diplomats

Moldova's pro-European government expelled five Russian diplomats yesterday (29 May), an "outrageous" move the country's Moscow-backed president, Igor Dodon, insisted was aimed at undermining Moldova-Russia relations.
Europe's East 29-05-2017

Corruption arrests rock Moldova’s pro-EU coalition

A minister in Moldova's pro-European government and two of his deputies resigned today (29 May), after their party withdrew from the ruling coalition over the arrest of its deputy chairman on corruption charges.
Europe's East 03-05-2017

IMF approves more money for Moldova, EU cash in the pipeline

The International Monetary Fund has approved the disbursement of a second loan tranche to Moldova worth $21.5 million, citing stronger-than-expected growth. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Europe's East 19-04-2017

Moldova granted observer status in Eurasian Union

Moldova has been granted observer status by the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), in another shift towards Moscow following the election of its new pro-Russian president. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Europe's East 29-03-2017

Moldovan PM and President clash over Eurasian Union rapprochement

The Prime Minister of Moldova Pavel Filip has sent an angry letter to the country’s pro-Russian President Igor Dodon, qualifying as “reckless” his request for observer status to the Moscow-led Eurasian Union and for the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with this organisation.
Europe's East 27-03-2017

Russian should be mandatory in schools, says Moldovan president

Moldovan President Igor Dodon wants Russian to be made compulsory again in the Eastern European country’s schools, in another move towards Moscow. EURACTIV Romania reports.

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.
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.

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.
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.
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.

Want to know what's going on in the EU Capitals daily? Subscribe now to our new 9am newsletter.