Nato agrees 'fundamental shift' to counter Russia

Robert Anderson in Prague June 29, 2022

Security alliance’s leaders agree a big increase in troop deployments on its Eastern Flank, more help for Ukraine in its defence against Russian aggression, and a new Strategic Concept.

Former Moldovan president Dodon indicted over 2008 electricity procurement contract

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest June 28, 2022

Dodon is also being investigated for bribe-taking and illegal financing of his Socialist party.

Ukraine and Moldova granted EU candidate status in face of Russian aggression

Dominic Culverwell in Berlin June 23, 2022

Ukraine and Moldova have been granted official candidate status, with the same promise to Georgia once it has addressed its "outstanding priorities".

Moldova’s industrial production rises by 0.2% y/y in 4M22 despite disappointing April figures

bne IntelliNews June 21, 2022

Figures for industrial sectors vary widely with a 42.6% for food processing as Moldova substitutes for lost imports from Ukraine, and a 50% fall in production of electric equipment in January-April.

'Ukraine belongs to the European family,' declare EU premiers

Dominic Culverwell in Berlin June 17, 2022

Leaders of Germany, France, Romania and Italy announced their support for Ukraine’s European Union candidate status, but with qualifications, at a major meeting in Kyiv on June 16.

Macron wants ‘accelerated co-operation’ for Moldova as details of EU ‘political community’ proposal leak

bne IntelliNews June 16, 2022

On Ukraine's border and with part of its territory controlled by Russia-backed separatists, Moldova is hoping for a positive answer to its application for EU candidate status.

Moldova’s inflation hits 29% y/y in May

bne IntelliNews June 12, 2022

Further inflationary pressure is expected as end-user electricity prices rise by between 14% and 22% in June.

Moldova brings in US federal prosecutor as new anti-corruption chief

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest June 8, 2022

Appointment of Moldova-born assistant US attorney Veronica Dragalin may mark a turning point for Moldova's sluggish and often controversial justice reforms.

EU’s credibility on the line over enlargement

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow May 26, 2022

Austria’s foreign minister calls enlargement the EU’s biggest geopolitical instrument – but will member states use it to encourage candidates and would-be candidates at the upcoming EU Council?

Former Moldovan president Dodon detained in treason and corruption case

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest May 24, 2022

Moscow claims "persecution" after prosectors probe pro-Russian ex-president on suspicion of bribe-taking, illegal party financing, high treason and embezzlement.

CEE companies weather the COVID-19 crisis

Robert Anderson in Prague May 23, 2022

Prompt and decisive government intervention, financial lifelines and firms’ involvement in global value chains have helped minimise insolvencies, says EIB/EBRD report.

Moldova’s industry up 3.3% y/y in Q3 driven by food, beverages and wood processing

bne IntelIiNews May 23, 2022

Last year the country’s industry rallied driven by robust domestic demand and leapt up by 12.4% — but this year the growth rate is likely to slow down close to a standstill.

Industrial inflation exceeds 25% y/y in Moldova

bne IntelliNews May 20, 2022

The industrial price inflation in April was the second-highest since last November when Gazprom began charging much higher prices under a new contract.

Separatist Transnistria expects 20% economic contraction this year

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest May 16, 2022

Moldovan officials believe leaders in Transnistria don't want to become involved in the Ukraine war that would further devastate the region's economy, despite a strong pro-war faction.

EBRD expects 30% GDP contraction in Ukraine in 2022, lowers emerging Europe projections

Clare Nuttall in Marrakesh May 10, 2022

The EBRD has cut its 2022 emerging Europe growth forecasts again, reflecting a sharp downgrade for Ukraine and the regional fallout from the war and sanctions.

President says Moldova not under threat despite latest Transnistria blasts

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest May 9, 2022

Maia Sandu seeks to reassure population following unexplained explosions in separatist Transnistria and pro-Russian initiatives by lawmakers in the autonomous Gagauzia region.

EU to support Moldovan army — but opposition Socialists call for Russian military presence

bne IntelliNews May 5, 2022

Moldova is seen as highly vulnerable to spillovers from the war in neighbouring Ukraine.

Where the 11 Southeast European states stand on the Ukraine war

bne IntelliNews May 5, 2022

Southeast Europe is split over the issues of sanctions on Russia and military aid to Ukraine, with some states firmly in the western camp, some staying neutral and others internally torn.

Moldova says “no signs” of Russian invasion

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest May 3, 2022

Defence ministry says no signs Moldova is in danger after The Times reported Russia has already decided to attack the Moldovan separatist republic of Transnistria.

Young Moldovans respond to Transnistria blasts with anger, sadness and resignation

Haley Bader in Paris April 28, 2022

Four young women from Moldova and Transnistria tell bne IntelliNews how a series of unexplained attacks in the separatist republic affected their lives.