Analysis 09 Nov 17

EU Wises up to Moldova’s Geopolitical Games

Moldova’s scandal-ridden governments have been playing the ‘Western’ card for years as they advance on the road to EU membership – but Brussels is becoming increasingly suspicious of their intentions.

Madalin Necsutu
Central Chisinau, capital of Moldova. Photo: Babak Fakhamzadeh/Flikr

With the European Union concerned about the fate of the “frozen” conflict in the breakaway Moldovan region of Transnistria, with Russia still supporting its separatist regime – and with Moldova’s own politicians overusing the geopolitical card to hide their inability to govern – it is no wonder that few analysts see the tiny country’s future as very bright.

The geopolitical struggle over and inside Moldova has become more acute than ever, positioning the pro-EU government against the pro-Russian President, Igor Dodon.

In the latest twist, President Dodon was suspended last week by the Constitutional Court for causing institutional deadlock by refusing to approve a Defence Minister proposed by the ruling pro-EU Democratic Party.

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