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Fri, May 4, 2018

Why the Bucharest Summit Still Matters Ten Years On

A decade ago, I received a four word message from a close German acquaintance who had accompanied Chancellor Angela Merkel to the NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania, that was tasked to decide whether to provide Georgia and Ukraine with a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP). It read: “Yes, but not now!” Having just seen a […]

UkraineAlert by Walter Zaryckyj

Moldova Russia

Wed, May 2, 2018

Russia Isn’t Just Interfering in Elections Around the World. It’s Doing Something Far Worse

Russian President Vladimir Putin will stop at nothing in his hunt for dissidents abroad. In his determination, he has found some powerful allies within Western democracies—a practice that should alarm those who prize justice and the rule of law. In recent weeks, I’ve been collecting stories of Russian dissidents who say they fell victim to […]

UkraineAlert by Maxim Eristavi

Moldova Russia

Thu, Jan 4, 2018

In Kyiv and Chisinau, Citizens Thirsty for Reform But the Governments Aren’t

On December 1, the European Union withheld payment of €600 million to Ukraine for falling short on four reforms. The deal is conditional, and this final tranche is on hold until Ukraine follows through on its commitments. Meanwhile, one week before, at the Eastern Partnership Summit, the EU agreed to provide Moldova with €100 million […]

UkraineAlert by Dumitru Alaiba

Moldova Ukraine

Tue, Jan 2, 2018

Which Will Be Europe’s Poorest Country? Ukraine or Moldova

A year ago, I expressed my hope that “2017 should be the year when Ukraine’s economy takes off.” It should have been, but it was not. In the last quarter of 2016, Ukraine’s GDP grew by 4.8 percent. Alas, in each of the ensuing four quarters, the growth rate declined and GDP grew by only […]

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Moldova Ukraine

Mon, Nov 27, 2017

Does the EU Even Care about Eastern Europe Anymore?

If you missed the European Union’s Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels on November 24, you are not alone. It was a forgettable event, but it tells us quite a bit about the EU’s state of affairs in Eastern Europe. The proud start of the EU Eastern Partnership was the Prague summit in May 2009, instigated […]

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Moldova The Caucasus

Mon, May 1, 2017

What Can Ukraine Learn from the Balkans?

Ukraine wants to join the European Union, but the level of support among many EU member states is low or nonexistent. Many are afraid of Russia’s reaction and lack a clear understanding of both the climate in post-Euromaidan Ukraine and the country’s strong commitment to Western integration. The situation is challenging in all aspects. War […]

UkraineAlert by Gunther Fehlinger

Moldova The Balkans

Mon, Apr 24, 2017

More Solidarity with Ukraine Needed, Say Speakers at the Kyiv Security Forum

The Tenth Kyiv Security Forum—an important foreign affairs conference conducted annually by the Open Ukraine Foundation—occurred on April 6-7. Headed by Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and his wife Terezia, the conference underscored an important message: the need for the West to stay engaged and maintain security in the borderlands between Russia and Central […]

UkraineAlert by Ariel Cohen

Belarus Moldova

Mon, Nov 21, 2016

Moldova Elects a Pro-Russia President

While not as globally consequential or shocking as the US presidential race, won by Donald Trump on November 8, the result of Moldova’s presidential runoff election does have significant ramifications for the future of democracy and economic reform in Eurasia. On November 13, Moldovans elected Socialist parliamentarian and former Economy Minister Igor Dodon as president […]

New Atlanticist by Michael Getto

Moldova

Fri, Oct 28, 2016

Moldova at a Crossroad

Moldova will hold a historic presidential election on October 30 that could determine whether this country of less than three million tilts toward Europe or Russia. It is Moldova’s first presidential election in twenty years in which voters will get to directly decide the outcome. In March, a court ruled unconstitutional a revision of the […]

New Atlanticist by Michael Getto

Moldova

Tue, Sep 13, 2016

Moldova’s Prime Minister Committed to a Pro-Europe Path

Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip said his government is committed to European integration and expressed the hope that the country’s next president will share that same commitment. Moldova will hold its first direct presidential elections on October 30. Like in past elections, this one has split voters between pro-Europe and pro-Russia candidates. “I hope that […]

New Atlanticist by Ashish Kumar Sen

Moldova Russia