About: Maia Sandu

Europe's East 09-08-2021

Moldova parliament backs pro-European cabinet

Moldova’s parliament on Friday (6 August) confirmed Natalia Gavrilița as prime minister and approved her programme to pull the post-Soviet country out of a protracted crisis and bring it closer to the EU. The main pro-European party won a resounding...
Eastern Europe 20-07-2021

Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova seek acceptance of their EU membership perspective

A summit between Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova in the Georgian Black Sea city of Batumi culminated on Monday (19 July) with the signature of a declaration calling for the EU to acknowledge the perspective of these countries to become full EU members one day. EURACTIV reports from Batumi.
Eastern Europe 19-07-2021

Charles Michel heralds more EU involvement in the South Caucasus

European Council President Charles Michel will attend a regional summit in the Georgian Black Sea city of Batumi on Monday (19 July), after a weekend visit of Armenia and Azerbaijan, in what appears as an attempt to keep the region closer to the EU. EURACTIV reports from Batumi.
Europe's East 13-07-2021

Moldova pro-Europeans win resounding election victory

Moldova's main pro-European party has won a resounding victory in parliamentary polls, results showed Monday (12 July), strengthening the hand of President Maia Sandu as the former World Bank economist pushes to reform her ex-Soviet country.
Europe's East 12-07-2021

Moldova president pledges ‘end to rule of thieves’ as party leads poll

Moldovan President Maia Sandu pledged an "end to the rule of thieves" Sunday (11 July) as her pro-European party looked set to win snap parliamentary elections she called to shore up her position against pro-Russia forces.
Europe's East 09-07-2021

Moldova holds parliament vote set to weaken Russia’s grip

Voters in Moldova head to the polls Sunday (11 July) in a snap parliamentary election called by new President Maia Sandu to strengthen her position against pro-Russia forces.
Europe's East 29-04-2021

Moldova’s pro-EU President dissolves parliament, sets July elections

Moldova's recently-elected and pro-European President Maia Sandu on Wednesday (28 April) dissolved parliament and scheduled fresh elections for July, bringing to a head a dispute with lawmakers loyal to her predecessor.
Health 12-01-2021

Ukraine leader appeals for EU vaccine help

Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday (12 January) called on the European Union to help source coronavirus vaccines, as he tries to stave off criticism for failing to secure any western-made jabs.
Europe's East 07-12-2020

Thousands in Moldova call for government’s resignation

Thousands of protesters rallied in the Moldovan capital Sunday (6 December) to demand the government's resignation and snap parliamentary elections.
Europe's East 03-12-2020

Moldova’s incoming president stages protests in tussle over control of intelligence service

Thousands of supporters of Moldova’s incoming president Maia Sandu protested on Thursday (3 December) against a move by parliament to strip her of control of the intelligence service weeks before she takes office.
Global Europe 02-12-2020

Moscow says call to leave Moldovan breakaway region ‘irresponsible’

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday (1 December) dismissed as “irresponsible” the proposal of Moldova’s president-elect Maia Sandu for Russian troops to leave the breakaway Transnistria republic. Russian forces have been deployed to Transnistria — a narrow strip of...
Europe's East 16-11-2020

Pro-EU challenger Maia Sandu wins Moldova presidency

Pro-European challenger Maia Sandu has won the second round of Moldova's presidential election and is well ahead of the pro-Russian incumbent with almost all ballots counted, according to the central election commission.
Europe's East 03-11-2020

Moldova’s pro-EU presidential hopeful wins first round vote

Moldova's pro-European presidential hopeful Maia Sandu won a surprise first-round victory in elections at the weekend, a major setback for Moscow-backed incumbent Igor Dodon that suggests a tight second round later this month.
Global Europe 02-11-2020

Moldova election headed for runoff in Russia-West tug of war

Moldova's pro-Moscow President Igor Dodon won the most votes the presidential election on Sunday (1 November), according to partial results, but looks set to face his longtime pro-Western rival Maia Sandu in a second round later this month.
Europe's East 30-10-2020

Moldova votes for president under Moscow gaze

Moldovans go to polls Sunday (1 November) to elect a president under the watchful eye of Moscow which wants the polarised country to remain in its orbit amid political and security crises on Russia's borders.
Europe's East 15-11-2019

Moldova forms pro-Russian minority government

Moldovan lawmakers on Thursday (14 November) approved a new minority government controlled by the Socialist Party of pro-Russian President Igor Dodon, two days after the dissolution of a pro-European government.
Europe's East 12-11-2019

Moldova’s government voted down, EU sees ‘worrying signals’ for the reform

Moldova’s government was brought down by a no-confidence vote on Tuesday (12 November), threatening more instability just five months after pro-Western Prime Minister Maia Sandu took office promising to fight corruption.
Europe's East 08-11-2019

Moldovan president says coalition government may collapse

Moldovan President Igor Dodon said on Thursday (7 November) the former Soviet republic’s coalition government could collapse following a move by the prime minister to take on powers to nominate the prosecutor general.
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 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 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.