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The Die Has Been Cast: Moldova’s Elections at a GLANCE

Making predictions before elections in the Republic of Moldova means hazarding a guess. Such an action requires not only knowledge and intuition, but also a lot of luck and a special flair for anticipating last-minute backstage arrangements. However, the campaign for the snap parliamentary elections due on July 11 has kicked off, and based on current data and trends, we will analyze who the actors are and what chances they stand at the moment. A dirty election campaign is announced from the left wing, which seems ready to bring into play resources that are incomparable to those available to the right.

MAY 9 in Chișinău: political squabble, USSR nostalgics, unionists and pro-Europeans

In the Republic of Moldova, where half the population wants to join the European Union and the other half the Eurasian Union, where the number of supporters of the union with Romania is increasing, but that of the USSR nostalgics does not seem to decrease, where unionist marches would still end in confrontations a few years ago, May 9th could not but be a new bone of contention for politicians, and also a reason for debate in society, especially since much of that society was educated in the Soviet spirit of the significance of this date.

Nord Stream 2 – is there still a point?
Ioana Dumitrescu
Ioana Dumitrescu  |  06 May 2021
Nord Stream 2 – is there still a point?

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline, set to transport Russian gas straight to Germany, seems to have hit a few snags amidst growing opposition. Even if it does get finalized, Nord Stream 2 could prove useless due to Europe’s transition to alternative energy sources.

Ultraconservative empire
Ultraconservative empire

A religious movement in Poland, with ties in Brazil and ramifications within the Warsaw administration, is behind a drive to impose an ultra-conservative agenda in Catholic countries in the EU.

Michal Kukawski
Michal Kukawski
28 Apr 2021
Ukraine vs. Russia: lessons from the latest crisis
Ukraine vs. Russia: lessons from the latest crisis

For a brief moment Russia looked like it was going to war with Ukraine, rallying a significant number of forces on the Ukrainian border, in Crimea and the Black Sea. The crisis has passed, momentarily, but the many critical problems in the region remain unsolved.

Leonid Litra
Leonid Litra
27 Apr 2021
Blitzkrieg-style attack on the rule of law: Dodon’s all-out war against the Constitutional Court
Blitzkrieg-style attack on the rule of law: Dodon’s all-out war against the Constitutional Court

Former president Igor Dodon, the current leader of the Party of Socialists in the Republic of Moldova (PSRM), the largest party in the Moldovan Parliament, seems determined to cling to power, much like his predecessors. It was only a matter of time before Dodon moved from theory to practice. Therefore, at the end of last week, while on a visit to Moscow, Dodon mounted a fierce attack on the rule of law, namely on the Constitutional Court in Chișinău.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
26 Apr 2021
Is Romania still an anti-Russia stronghold in the region?
Is Romania still an anti-Russia stronghold in the region?

Along with Poland, Romania has always been the most skeptical-of-Russia country in Eastern Europe. This does not mean that the Russian influence is not felt in this country as well.

Sorin Ioniță
Sorin Ioniță
23 Apr 2021

DISINFORMATION: The Republic of Moldova will fall under external control if right-wing parties grab power

The organization of an early election in the Republic of Moldova has reactivated a number of false narratives, also used in the previous election campaign, about Maia Sandu and right-wing parties, especially the Action and Solidarity Party (PAS). The pro-Russian Socialists try to persuade voters that a win for the right-wing parties would spell economic and social disaster. Furthermore, it would put Moldova under Western control.

DISINFORMATION: The killing of the bear Arthur proves Romania is a Western colony
Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș  |  08 May 2021
DISINFORMATION: The killing of the bear Arthur proves Romania is a Western colony

The hunt of a trophy-bear by a Prince of Lichtenstein is used as an opportunity to breathe new life into narratives depicting Romania as a Western colony. This disinformation seeks to capitalize on the wave of public outrage sparked by this story, which has already prompted a criminal investigation into poaching and illegal use of firearms.

FAKE NEWS: Iohannis and Patriarch Daniel made a secret deal to have the Church support coronavirus vaccination in exchange for relaxing restrictions on religious services.
FAKE NEWS: Iohannis and Patriarch Daniel made a secret deal to have the Church support coronavirus vaccination in exchange for relaxing restrictions on religious services.

Patriarch Daniel's urging Romanians to get vaccinated is the result of "secret deals" between him and the head of state, Klaus Iohannis, after the meeting they had in February. The fact that the Easter services were allowed this year would be the result of a trade-off between the Church and the Presidency, so that the ROC priests become promoters of vaccination.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
06 May 2021
FAKE NEWS: NATO wants Moldovan troops to fight Russia in order to defend the United States’ interests
FAKE NEWS: NATO wants Moldovan troops to fight Russia in order to defend the United States’ interests

President Maia Sandu and NATO are discussing the participation of the Republic of Moldova in a possible military conflict against Russia to defend the interests of the United States, pravdorub.md writes. Washington wants to create an even bigger coalition made up of states from Eastern Europe, starting Ukraine and including the Baltic States, Poland and Romania. The narrative about Maia Sandu’s intention to involve the Republic of Moldova in an armed conflict against Russia, or to attack the breakaway region of Transnistria, has been increasingly used by Kremlin-linked media and the Party of Socialists, particularly ahead of the early election on Moldova.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
04 May 2021
FAKE NEWS: The West wants early elections in Moldova to undermine the state and promote the LGBT agenda
FAKE NEWS: The West wants early elections in Moldova to undermine the state and promote the LGBT agenda

Maia Sandu has called an early election at the West’s bidding and is plunging the country into chaos and exposing the population to the risk of infection. Her goal is to bring the Republic of Moldova under the control of external forces and undermine traditional values. These fake narratives are promoted by the Socialists in response to Maia Sandu’s decision to call an early election.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
30 Apr 2021
FAKE NEWS: Romania is being ruled by Western ambassadors
FAKE NEWS: Romania is being ruled by Western ambassadors

Romania is ruled by foreign ambassadors, an online publication writes, referring to an older narrative used extensively in recent years by populist, nationalist or corrupt figures. This time, the argument used to support the narrative is a statement by Senate Speaker, Anca Dragu, who said she has regular meetings with representatives of the diplomatic corps.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
29 Apr 2021
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