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Să facem Moldovenii mândri de țara lor!

Cum ne dorim noi sa arate Moldova peste cinci ani? O țară cu o politică externă consecventă, care a recăpătat încrederea partenerilor externi, care se mișcă cu pași rapizi spre marea familie europeană. O țară care vorbește cu o singură … Continue reading
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Moldova’s Civil Society under Attack

Alongside Georgia and Ukraine, Moldova has one of the most liberal and vibrant civil societies in the post-Soviet space. Just remember the so-called “Twitter Revolution” in April 2009. The revolution, which spelt the beginning of the end for Vladimir Voronin’s … Continue reading
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Change of Electoral Systems in EaP Countries: Bolstering Dictators or Causing Maidan

Armenia: Before the Constitutional Referendum of 2015, Armenia was a semi-presidential republic. It had a semi-proportional representation underpinned by a majority bonus system. The unicameral parliament – National Assembly consisted of 131 deputies, of which 90 were elected on a … Continue reading
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Moldova’s New Electoral Bill Divides the Country

In early March 2017, Vlad Plahotniuc, media mogul and head of the ruling Democratic Party in Moldova, proposed a bill to change the country’s parliamentary electoral system from proportional to first-past-the-post. Plahotniuc realized that under the current proportional electoral system … Continue reading
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Changing the rules of the game in Moldova

It’s favourite move of dictators and autocrats everywhere: change the rules of the game once you start losing support or approach the legally mandated finish line. The post-Soviet space abounds in cases where heads of state overstay their terms in … Continue reading
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The Future of Moldovan Politics after October 30th

Lately, Moldova has been going through some major political transformations. Firstly, a directly elected president is, perhaps, the most obvious of several such developments. Another well documented process is the reformatting of the political spectrum both on the left and … Continue reading
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Party Funding – the Root of all Evil?

Moldovan political parties have presented their half year financial reports to the Central Electoral Commission. There is tremendous variation among the leading parties in terms of their wealth and donor base. According to the data, unsurprisingly, the ruling Democratic party … Continue reading
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Aspire Professional – World Class Leadership Training Experience

In 2011 a group of Romanian Ivy League graduates decided to recreate and pass on a similar educational experience at home. This group of friends shared a passion for education and a desire to offer their peers in Romania and … Continue reading
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Gender inEquality in Moldovan Politics

One would be surprised to learn that Moldova ranks 10th in the world among countries that have most women managers, with 44.1% of management positions filled by women.  The US is 15th with 42.7%, and, surprisingly, Canada is only 36th … Continue reading
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Vlad Plahotniuc for President!

There is increasing buzz about Vlad Plahotniuc’s presidential ambitions. After his recent PR offensive in Washington, where he met with Victoria Nuland and visited the IMF, he then organized a surprise Economic Forum in Chisinau, announced just the day before, … Continue reading
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The Struggle of LGBT People in Moldova

Apart from being one of the poorest country in Europe, Moldova also happens to be one of the most homophobic. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons in Moldova face many challenges, even if same-sex sexual activity is not criminalized. A … Continue reading
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Șapte Motive de ce PAS-ul Trebuie să Meargă pe Calea Liberalismului Social

Unii vor spune că partidele din Moldova au doar o ideologie de vitrină și vor avea dreptate. Este un fapt bine cunoscut, comuniștii i-au încredințat fostului social-democrat Valeriu Lazăr și actualului socialist Igor Dodon implementarea unor reforme vădit liberale precum … Continue reading
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Talk of Reunification Opens Risks and Opportunities for Protest-Ridden Moldova

At the height of recent anti-government protests in Chisinau, some Moldovans in the crowd may have hoped for Romania to intervene; but the Russian state media made it sound as if it this were a real possibility, if not an … Continue reading
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How international media failed Moldova’s protesters

Moldova’s image as the poorest country in Europe is rivaled only by its obscurity. In rare outbursts of international media coverage — often related to human trafficking, arms smuggling or mass protests — Moldova is depicted as a pawn on … Continue reading
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Legality vs. Legitimacy in Moldovan House of Cards

The notions of what is legal and what is legitimate are often used interchangeably. However, as any political science student would tell you, ‘legality’ simply means being in accordance with the law, whereas ‘legitimacy’ implies something being in accordance with … Continue reading
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Plahotniuc – a Berlusconi of Moldova?

Bulldogs fighting under a carpet – is how Churchill described power struggles in the Kremlin. The same could be said about current developments in Moldova, with two distinctions: here it is terriers growling under a smaller yet much more colorful … Continue reading
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How International Media Feeds Political Crisis in Moldova

On October 29, 2015, Prime Minister Valeriu Strelet lost a no-confidence vote, becoming the third head of cabinet to be censured by Parliament after Ion Sturza (1999) and Vlad Filat (2013). Following Filat’s arrest, it was only a matter of … Continue reading
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The Story of Moldova’s ‘Billion Dollar Protest’

Thousands of people have taken part in a series of protests in Moldova’s capital, Chisinau, with protesters demanding the government’s resignation and early elections over a $1 billion bank fraud case. Daniel Brett, Ellie Knott and Mihai Popșoi outline why the … Continue reading
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Civic Engagement versus Government Cynicism

September 6, 2015 protests in Chisinau may become a turning point in Moldovan political history just as well as they can fade away as if nothing ever happened.  So far, organizers appear determined to follow the history changing course, but … Continue reading
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Platforma – DA sau Platforma – NU

Trebuie să spun din capul locului că nu există prea multe personalități publice din Moldova față de care aș avea un respect mai mare decât pentru Igor Boțan. Dl Boțan este probabil cel mai echidistant și profesionist comentator politic de … Continue reading
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