Old Moldova in new Europe
Since 2009, Moldova’s ruling elite have primarily based their political narratives on pro-European integration. Events that have unfolded in 2018, however, have made the continuation of this course nearly impossible.
In September 2018 Vladimir Plahotniuc, the leader of Moldova’s ruling Democratic Party and the most powerful oligarch in the country, announced that his party was set to change political course. Up until then, it had been the most important pro-European political force in Moldova. However, while preparing for the 2019 February parliamentary elections, it became a “pro-Moldovan” party. To many commentators this announcement was interpreted as a future turn towards Russia.
November 5, 2018 -
Articles and CommentaryIssue 6 2018Magazine
Moldovan President Igor Dodon, often portrayed as a pro-Kremlin figure in the country, and his socialist party appear set to win the 2019 parliamentary election. They will most likely enter into a coalition with the declared pro-European Democratic Party led by oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc, consolidating Moldova’s political scene. Photo: Kremlin.ru (CC) commons.wikimedia.org
Igor Dodon, Moldova, Vladimir Plahotniuc