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ELIAMEP: In April Moldova witnessed demonstrations against the Communist Party which won the parliamentary elections- in the media those events were compared to the demonstrations of the so-called anti communist velvet revolution of the 1989- how would you describe the events of last April? Mr. Valeriu Ostalep:The events that took place in April in Moldova… » read more

The results of the Global Peace Index for 2009 suggest that the world has become slightly less peaceful in the past year, which appears to reflect the intensification of violent conflict in some countries and the effects of both the rapidly rising food and fuel prices early in 2008 and the dramatic global economic downturn… » read more

Twitter revolution did not change government in Moldova but created big drama instead including a couple of conspiracy theories and “fast-track” mini enlargement of EU with one million new EU citizens while same time Moldova possibly losing a quarter its citizens. So a relatively small improvised demonstration can lead its (mis)use for possible purposeful utilization… » read more

After Orange (Ukraine), Rose (Georgia) and Tulip (Kyrgyzstan) revolutions the first try of next generation demonstration took place in Moldova after last weekends parliamentary elections. Known now as “Twitter Revolution” the protest was self-organized by two youth movements – Hyde Park and ThinkMoldova – using their generation’s tools of social messaging network to gather 10,000-15,000… » read more

Republic of Moldova feels Romanian (CC) Klearchos Kapoutsis As protests are widespread in Moldova after the elections, where the pragmatic, pro-EU Communist Party [sic!] won a comfortable majority, the question lingers again about Moldova identity. Despite the efforts of the elite in Europe’s poorest, former Soviet state, many Romanians claim a part of the country… » read more

Last week-end Moldova had parliamentary elections. The ruling Party of Communists won so no big change in politics is expected. Elections in EU’s border have however some significance as the new leadership will be the counterpart during period after EP elections influencing e.g. enlargement, partnership and security questions. Before Moldova (FYRO) Macedonia already had their… » read more

Overall, Central and Eastern Europe is very strongly hit in the current economic crisis that had divided the European Union as well. In some countries, which are in a nation-building state, candidates have expressed unfaltering support for nationalistic parties. In the more established countries, such as the Czech Republic or Hungary, the political elite is… » read more

It seems that another ex-Soviet state on the European fringe is on the brink of revolution following the weekend’s elections in Moldova as students storm the Parliament building and face off against riot police and the military. On Twitter, Moscovici, Kosmopolit and Julien Frisch are providing regular updates (in fact this is already being dubbed… » read more

After years of deadlock year 2008 showed some promising signs of progress with dispute between Moldova and Transdnistria/Pridnestrovie – its separatist region or independent state depending of viewpoint. After a 7-year long pause the leaders of Moldova and Transdnistria met on April 2008, conflict in Georgia launched new process while Russia took a stronger role… » read more

When I sometimes in my blogs wrote about Transdnistria (officially Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic – PMR) the most common feedback has been following: “Transnistria is a refuge for the criminal organizations being engaged in the illegal sale of weapons, in the contraband and in the money laundering, its also a rogue state.” One could conclude that… » read more

When I sometimes in my blogs wrote about Transdnistria (officially Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic – PMR) the most common feedback has been following: “Transnistria is a refuge for the criminal organizations being engaged in the illegal sale of weapons, in the contraband and in the money laundering, its also a rogue state.” One could conclude that… » read more

Moldova’s President Vladimir Voronin was turned away on Monday from the country’s separatist region on the orders of self-styled president of Transdniestria, Igor Smirnov. Mr. Smirnov’s fiefdom within Moldova’s internationally recognized borders is protected by Russian ‘peacekeepers’. You can read the story in English in Kyiv Post. I cannot tell if Mr Smirnov was just… » read more

The opposition Liberal Party has organized a demonstration against Russian troops in Moldova, which was crushed by the police. A break-away region ‘invited’ more Russian troops into the small Eastern European country. Familiar story? Moldova (still on the map in the right hand corner) is a former Soviet republic between the European Union and Ukraine.… » read more

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