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Moldova after three years of visa-free regime with EU and new European realities

Mai 14, 2017

The abolition of the visa regime for Moldovan citizens in April 2014 was one of the most palpable accomplishments of the Moldovan authorities in the European integration process. Partially, owing to this success, Moldova was considered a “success story”. But this description was practically abandoned in the light of the multiple political crises caused by corruption and very serious offenses, like those committed in the banking system.

On March 28, 2017, Georgia joined Moldova, becoming the second Eastern Partnership country for which the EU abolished the visa regime (VisaFreeEurope, March 2017). Meanwhile, Ukraine goes through the last procedural stages so that it could also benefit from visa-free travel in the Schengen Area by the end of 2017. The negotiations with Georgia and Ukraine, as well as with Turkey and Kosovo, on the liberalization of visas depended a lot on the changes made by the EU to the visa waiver suspension mechanism (Council of the EU, February 2017). Thus, the EU introduced more rigorous conditions towards the countries that benefit from visa-free travel, including Moldova. (mai mult…)


European security and Russia’s approach for a post-Western world

Martie 22, 2017

The new Munich Security Conference (February 17-19, 2017) took stock of the trends related to regional and international security. The unexpectedly positive position of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini ran counter to the critical and rather hostile position of Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov.

The European official underlined the importance of multilateral relations that work in the case of the EU, while Lavrov complained about the fact that the West does not want to give up its unipolar agenda. Both of the sides had yet common positions on the necessity of respecting international law, even if Russia violated a series of treaties and principles of international law with respect to Ukraine during the last three years.
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Populism and European integration in Moldova

Martie 15, 2017

The incapacity, on the one hand, and the disinterest, on the other hand, shown by the political class of Moldova in solving the real problems of the country varied during 2009-2016. Populism every time served yet as a “lifebuoy” for crisis situations in which the corrupt, ostensibly pro-European governments found themselves.

What characterizes the Moldovan populism, similar to the populism in Europe, Russia or other regions, is the accusing of the foreign players of the failures and non-accomplishments at home. The interest in the disfavored social categories represents a complementary feature typical of populism. The care for the whole society is replaced by a struggle for the cause of vulnerable groups. This no way refers yet to the minorities used by populists rather as “scapegoats”.

Now that the presidency was taken over by Socialist Igor Dodon, the populism of the pro-European forces is complemented by that of the pro-Russian opposition. The latter one is more sophisticated and, in parts, more harmful than the populism of the pro-European forces. (mai mult…)

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