The recent parliamentary election in Moldova has sharpened the competition between the EU and Russia. Moldova’s pro-Western political parties have their work cut out.
Every week, a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
After its success with Ukraine, Russia will try to blackmail Georgia and Moldova into refusing EU association agreements. Europe needs to think about how to counter Putin.
Misunderstandings surrounding the Meseberg Memorandum on Transdniestria and EU-Russian security cooperation testify to the difficulties of Russian-Western communication.
Russia and the European Union are competing intensely for influence in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and other countries.
The EU has the opportunity to forge a more effective policy in the Eastern Partnership region. Now it needs to harness the courage and vision to make a real difference.
Encouraging a multi-stakeholder dialogue and amplifying the voice of non-state actors acting in the public interest are key issues on which the Union should focus its assistance to the East.
After a long waiting period, Moldova’s political stalemate has ended and the country’s integration with Europe is once again pressing onward.
Despite the hopes placed in the political negotiations in Chisinau over the past few weeks, the Moldovan people may not have a new president any time soon.
While providing support to Moldova is important, it’s essential that the EU be tougher on Chisinau regarding its inability to implement reforms.