From Andrew Roth, New York Times: The pro-Western government of Moldova fell on Tuesday when Parliament passed a no-confidence motion , shattering a fragile political alliance that had put the former Soviet republic on a path toward integration with the European Union.
Members of the Communist Party, which introduced the motion, said the three-party governing coalition of Prime Minister Vlad Filat had led the country into economic stagnation. By forcing new elections with the no-confidence vote, the Communists gain a chance to return to power after four years in opposition. . . .
Moldova is a relatively poor country of four million people wedged between Romania, a member of the European Union, and Ukraine; it is divided politically between those who look to the West or to Russia as guarantors of reform and stability. Russian troops are stationed in the section east of the Dniester River, which has broken away from the central government’s control, and Russia supplies most of the country’s energy. (photo: AFP/Getty)