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EU lifts visa restrictions on Moldova

03.04.14 @ 18:54

The EU on Thursday (3 April) formally agreed to lift visa restrictions on Moldova, allowing its citizens to travel throughout the Schengen passport-free area. “This is a great achievement and the beginning of a new ...

Nato general warns about Moldova, Baltics

23.03.14 @ 22:42

Nato’s top general, Philip Breedlove, has warned that Russia has amassed enough troops on the eastern Ukrainian border for a new invasion and said Nato will mobilise troops to defend the Baltics if need be. "The force ...

EU ministers look to salvage Georgia and Moldova pacts

07.02.14 @ 21:21

The EU is considering hiring lobbyists to counter Russian “disinformation” and giving more money to Georgia and Moldova in reaction to the Ukraine crisis. The ideas are put forward in two internal papers - seen by ...

OpinionGagauzia: A new attack on the Eastern Partnership?

04.02.14 @ 17:46

With world attention fixed on Ukraine, the referendum on Sunday (2 February) in Gagauzia, a part of Moldova which few people have heard of, did not get much attention. The Gagauz - some 150,000 people, who are Turkic- ...

Germany calls for rethink of Eastern Partnership

31.01.14 @ 08:25

The EU was wrong not to have analysed possible conflicts with Russia before offering the so-called Eastern Partnership to countries like Ukraine, Gernot Erler, Germany's new chief of relations with Russia and the ...

Moldova communists stage anti-EU rallies

26.11.13 @ 10:05

Moldova’s opposition Communist Party leader and former president, Vladimir Voronin, has said the country should join Russia's Customs Union instead of sealing an EU pact. The 72-year old delivered his anti-EU tirade in ...

OpinionMoldova should initial EU pact

26.11.13 @ 09:23

Moldova has made important progress in its development in the past 10 years. The economy grew on average by 4.7 percent, while the poverty rate was reduced from 29 percent in 2003 to 16.6 percent in 2012. The country ...

Moldova and the EU: On a long road to nowhere?

21.11.13 @ 09:29

EU diplomats like to speak of Moldova as a success story in terms of reform, but deep-rooted corruption and Russian influence pose questions over its European future. It is poised to move closer to the Union at an EU ...

Moldova pins hopes on EU visa pact

14.11.13 @ 09:24

A visa-liberalisation decision by the European Commission on Friday is being viewed in Moldova as make-or-break for the country's EU path. “I expect a positive recommendation from the European Commission,” Moldova ...

Russia bans Moldova wine ahead of EU summit

11.09.13 @ 09:28

Russia has imposed an import ban on Moldovan wines and spirits citing health concerns, but critics say it is designed to stop the ex-Soviet republic’s EU aspirations. The import ban, announced on Tuesday (10 September), ...

Moldova backs away from EU-Russia money laundering probe

26.03.13 @ 09:28

The head of Moldova's National Anti-Corruption Centre (NAC) has poured cold water on the prospects of an EU-linked money laundering probe. Speaking to media in Chisinau on Monday (25 March), Viorel Chetraru, confirmed ...

InterviewHunting accident threatens Moldova's pro-EU course

12.03.13 @ 18:17

Moldovan PM Vlad Filat says he lost a no-confidence vote last week because he asked the prosecutor general to resign after he tried to cover up an accidental killing on a hunting trip. "There was a direct link [with the ...

Moldova pro-EU parties seek deal after government collapse

07.03.13 @ 09:20

Moldova's three pro-EU parties are seeking to form another government after Prime Minister Vlad Filat lost a confidence vote earlier this week, in a bid to avoid early elections which could bring the pro-Russia ...

OpinionMoldova's new crisis - an opportunity?

21.02.13 @ 08:07

Moldova is in the throes of renewed political crisis. It has had a reputation for crisis since it took 917 days to elect a President between 2009 and 2012, but this one is different. Tempting though it may be to see it ...

InvestigationTwo EU countries shut down money laundering investigations

13.02.13 @ 09:28

Austria and Finland have said their companies did no wrong in a case of suspected Russia-EU money laundering. But victims of the crime disagree. The sums involved are not so big - $150,000 in Austria and $199,500 in ...

Moldova takes action on EU-Russia money laundering

07.02.13 @ 18:32

Moldova has launched criminal proceedings in a money laundering case involving its biggest bank, the Russian mafia and six EU countries. The move comes after a UK-based investment firm, Hermitage Capital, filed a ...

Germany and France demand reintroduction of Balkan visas

15.10.12 @ 21:58

Germany, France and four other EU countries want to reintroduce visa requirements for people from the Western Balkans, saying that the measure is needed to combat a spike in asylum claims from the region. Ahead of next ...

Moldova hopes to pull in EU tourists after skies deal

28.06.12 @ 09:26

Moldova is hoping to become the next Czech Republic or Latvia in terms of low-cost tourism after signing an aviation pact with the EU. Its foreign minister, Iurie Leanca, told EUobserver in Brussels on Wednesday (27 ...

FocusMEPs condemn homophobia in eastern Europe

24.05.12 @ 17:38

MEPs from across the political spectrum have criticised EU member states Lithuania, Latvia and Hungary, as well as neighbouring Russia, Ukraine and Moldova over an upsurge in homophobia. "The European Parliament ...

EU starting to lose patience with Moldova deadlock

16.11.11 @ 17:56

Moldova needs to elect its president as soon as possible and end a two-year long political deadlock, the EU envoy in Chisinau said Wednesday (16 November), with the parliamentary procedures for the election of the ...