Vlagyiszlav Makszimov writes for Euractiv: Though vast majority of EU countries welcome deeper integration with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, their “Associated Trio” initiative finds more support within Eastern and Central Europe, while the Commission and Western member states remain hesitant to adopt the term.
Vladimir Socor writes for Jamestown Foundation: From Russia’s standpoint, Moldova’s former president Igor Dodon and his Socialist Party are serial losers and expired assets following their latest defeat in the July 11 parliamentary elections. The Western-oriented President Maia Sandu and her Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS), winners of two consecutive landslide elections, now hold the entirety of state power. Russia has no choice but to deal with the new incumbents, and it has cautiously signaled that intention (see EDM, July 13, 15).
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Vladimir Socor writes for The Jamestown Foundation: Russia has done almost nothing to help Igor Dodon’s Socialist Party and other Russophile forces in Moldova’s recent parliamentary elections. The Kremlin and its propaganda apparatus kept silent; and the Russian government offered no economic handouts or promises to Moldova’s Socialist-backed government during the electoral campaign. The Western-oriented opposition concentrated in the Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS) surged to win the elections in a landslide (see EDM, July 8, 9, 13).
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Vladimir Socor writes for The Jamestown Foundation: Moldova’s pre-term parliamentary elections, on July 11, have produced an even more sweeping sea change than anticipated (see EDM, July 8, 9). The Western-oriented opposition, concentrated in the Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS), surged to 53 percent of the votes cast. PAS has dethroned the leftist, Russia-oriented Electoral Bloc of Communists and Socialists (BECS), which won 27 percent. BECS’s left-Russophile ally, the “Shor Party” of fugitive tycoon Ilan Shor, took 5.7 percent of the vote, barely clearing the 5 percent threshold.
Moldova’s recently-elected and pro-European President Maia Sandu on Wednesday (28 April) dissolved parliament and scheduled fresh elections for July, bringing to a head a dispute with lawmakers loyal to her predecessor.
Sandu noted that a new fully-fledged government is needed to give a fresh impetus to the domestic process, including those concerning Transnistrian settlement, and such government can be formed only after early parliamentary elections
In a recent interview, the Russian president’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov remarked that Moldova’s president Maia Sandu had more than enough domestic challenges demanding her attention than requesting the withdrawal of Russian military forces from the Transnistrian region (Newsmaker.md, January 5; Newsmaker.md, November 30, 2020). This statement contains two key messages—one direct and another implicit—that summarize well Moldova’s key developments in 2020 while hinting at what should be expected this year.