The results of President Igor Dodon’s visit to Brussels (February 6-7, 2017) are rather modest in terms of statements and reactions with substance on the part of European officials. The Europeans showed themselves to be rather reserved in relation to the President of Moldova Igor Dodon. Not even after several days of the visit did the European institutions – European Council, European Commission, European External Action Service or the European Parliament – publish press releases dedicated to Igor Dodon on their websites.
Lacking emotional content, the meetings of Igor Dodon with European officials showed the latter’s real attitude to the President of Moldova. On the one hand, the Europeans are aware of the real weight of Igor Dodon in the decision-making process in Chisinau, where he has limited powers. On the other hand, the EU gave Igor Dodon a reciprocity-based welcome as it is practically impossible for Brussels to welcome him warmly after he made hostile statements about the EU in his meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin in January 2017. In general, Brussels is used to being criticized, but rejects the criticism that goes against the reality, especially the one that derives from the anti-European Russian propaganda.
It’s definite that the President of Moldova went to Brussels with other expectations and with a tight agenda. His performance and arguments were yet insufficiently convincing for impressing the European institutions. President Dodon tried to sensitize the Europeans to the fact that the pro-EU feelings are on the wane among the Moldovans (Presedinte.md, February 2017). Nothing of this worked. But the Europeans understand very well what is going on in Chisinau – starting with the politicized institutions and phenomenon of captured state and ending with the deficiencies of the banking system. They consider that the positive changes in Moldova can take place by fully implementing the Agreement, not by annulling it. This aspect runs counter to Igor Dodon’s view that the Agreement offers nothing good to the country and that this should be terminated after the parliamentary elections of 2018.
Five paradoxes of Igor Dodon
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