• Frozen Conflict in Moldova’s Transnistria: A Fitting Analogy to Ukraine’s Hybrid War?

    History is a great teacher, so it’s no surprise that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and his subsequent Kremlin speech justifying it brought back memories of the Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland in 1938. Parallels between Hitler and Putin abound, as do their motivations and the eventual global impact of the two annexations—even though they took place seventy-six years apart.  

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  • With World Focused on Ukraine, Russia Makes Moves on Georgia

    Georgian official draws parallels between Putin’s treaties with breakaway provinces and annexation of Crimea

    While the world focuses its attention on the Ukraine crisis, Russia has been quietly grabbing territory from another neighbor—Georgia.

    The Kremlin’s aggression against Ukraine is just the latest provocation by Russia in its neighborhood, Georgia’s Foreign Minister, Tamar Beruchashvili, reminded an audience June 12, pointing out that Russian forces invaded her country in the summer of 2008.

    “Unfortunately, at that time the West was not really able to well assess the whole danger of the situation and gave a green light to Russia to go ahead,” Beruchashvili said at the Atlantic Council’s Wrocław Global Forum in Wrocław, Poland.

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  • Moldpres Highlights Wilson in Moldova

    Foreign-language moldpres highlights Executive Vice President Damon Wilson during his recent trip to Moldova:

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  • EU Aspirants Face a Closed, if Not Locked, Door on Enlargement

    Aspirant EU members Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine are poised to leave the upcoming EU Eastern Partnership Summit disappointed, though not empty-handed.

    An advance draft of the Eastern Partnership declaration, to be unveiled at the summit on May 21 to 22 in Riga, Latvia, underscores the European Union’s drift away from stronger engagement with its partners.

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  • Moldova’s Weakened Leadership Vows to Stay on Course Toward Europe

    But Political Squabbling Yields a Minority Government, Strengthens Russia’s Hand

    Moldova’s three-month-long political last week produced a surprise prime minister, Chiril Gaburici, who promised every effort "to ensure that by 2018 the country can qualify to sign an agreement on associate membership” in the European Union.

    But as Gaburici, a cellular telephone company executive, takes up his first political post in replacing former Prime Minister Iurie Leanca, his real political mandate is unclear, according to Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Brian Mefford and other analysts. After Leanca failed to win a parliament majority last week for a new term, his Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition ally, the Democratic Party, got help from the Communists to elect Gaburici with 60 votes in the 101-seat chamber.

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  • Will Moldova’s Dangerous Political Deadlock Force Out Its Prime Minister?

    Foreign Minister and Europeanist Nataliya Gherman May Become Next Leader

    Moldova’s political parties are deadlocked on forming a government, and the parliament has until next week (February 12) to either confirm Prime Minister Iurie Leanca in his post or find an alternative. But Leanca is sure of having only 42 of the 51 votes he needs to keep his job, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Brian Mefford notes, and the country’s next leader could be Foreign Minister Nataliya Gherman, who has been serving as Leanca’s deputy since 2013.

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  • Two Months After Elections, Moldovan Political Gridlock Deepens the Country’s Risks

    Pro-Europe Parties Won a Narrow Victory at the Polls, But Can’t Agree on a Government

    Eight weeks after voters in Moldova gave a narrow victory to the three main parties inclined toward greater democracy and ties with Europe, those groups are locked in a political battle that has prevented the formation of a government. The three-party coalition, called the Alliance for European Integration, which broke the Communists’ eight-year hold on power in 2009, is at an impasse over the distribution of government posts, writes Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Brian Mefford.

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  • Moldova at a Tipping Point: Four Ways the US Should Help

    Small Steps for a Small Country Could Strengthen Europe Against Russia’s Assaults

    In the shadow of Ukraine’s war for true independence from Russia, the small country of Moldova is entering a critical chapter of its parallel struggle. Frustrated Moldovan voters last month reelected their pro-democratic government, but also delivered a warning that concrete economic and anti-corruption reforms must begin immediately. The United States should take four easy (and mostly inexpensive) steps to help Moldova and thereby strengthen the rest of Europe against the aggressive policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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  • After Moldova’s Election: Will Prime Minister Leanca Keep His Job?

    Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Brian Mefford on Implications of the November 30 Vote

    As Moldova’s pro-European parties negotiate on the shape of a new governing coalition, Prime Minister Iurie Leanca could come under pressure to step aside for another leader, says Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Brian Mefford. That’s because Leanca’s Liberal Democrat party saw a 9 percent drop in its vote percentage in the November 30 parliamentary election, compared to the vote in 2010.

    Mefford, a political analyst and consultant based in Kyiv, is a longtime elections observer in Eastern Europe and executive director of the Committee for Open Democracy, a non-profit election monitoring group. Mefford observed the Moldovan vote and offers four key observations. (You can read a fuller version of his analysis on his blog.)

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  • Amid East Europe's Tussle, Moldova Election Shows Need to Speed Reform

    US, EU Should Re-Focus Now on What May Be a Last, Best Chance for Critical Changes, Analysts Say

    Moldova’s pro-Europe parties have won a troubled election victory, taking barely enough parliament seats to renew their coalition and pursue the integration of Moldova with the European Union. That may hold open a window of opportunity—for perhaps as little as two years—to bring critical economic and governance reforms on line, analysts say. Delay will risk a deeper erosion of popular support for reforms in Moldova, and political will in Europe to support them.

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