Can EU integration break the ice in Moldova’s frozen conflict?

Cameron Jones in Chisinau and Tiraspol June 7, 2023

The strengthening of Moldova's ties with the EU opened European markets to the breakaway Transnistria republic but the long-frozen conflict still has to be resolved.

US blocks assets of Russia-linked agents involved in conspiracy against Moldova

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest June 6, 2023

US sanctions leading members of Russian intelligence-linked “malign influence group” suspected of trying to destabilise Moldova.

Wages in Moldova down real 3.9% y/y in Q1

bne IntelliNews June 5, 2023

Salaries shot up in some sectors but wage growth was below average in the lowest-paid sectors.

Support for Moldova, solidarity with Ukraine at second EPC summit

bne IntelliNews June 2, 2023

European leaders stress the importance of European solidarity and affirm support for states on the continent’s Eastern Flank.

European Commission announces enhanced support for Moldova ahead of EPC summit in Chisinau

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest June 1, 2023

EC President Ursula von der Leyen says holding the second EPC summit in Moldova sends out a strong message about the country's European future.

VISEGRAD BLOG: Macron makes the weather in Eastern Europe

Robert Anderson in Prague May 31, 2023

The French president tried to persuade sceptical East Europeans that they had nothing to fear from a Europe that was more self-reliant in security – and he almost pulled it off.

CENUSA: EU anti-corruption sanctions: a useful tool for eastward enlargement

Denis Cenusa in Germany May 30, 2023

European sanctions go through a process of continuous maturation and updating, adapting to current geopolitical sensitivities. European actors are accelerating efforts to adopt the eleventh sanctions package.

BALKAN BLOG: The fight for a European Moldova isn’t over yet

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest May 25, 2023

New poll shows Moldova’s pro-EU president and ruling party risk losing the next elections, despite massive show of support for EU accession.

Freedom House says Ukraine war threatens democracy across Emerging Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow May 25, 2023

Democratic governance deteriorates in Emerging Europe and Central Asia, with worst declines in already authoritarian regions.

Moldova sets 2030 as EU accession target at massive pro-EU rally in Chisinau

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest May 22, 2023

80,000 people turned out in country of 2.7mn showing overwhelming commitment to joining the EU.

Moldova’s non-energy foreign trade gap surges by 58% in Q1

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest May 19, 2023

Moldova’s statistics office reported that the country’s overall trade gap increased by 26% year on year to $1.23bn.

EBRD cuts regional growth forecasts again but Central Asia still going strong

Clare Nuttall in Samarkand May 16, 2023

Inflation remains a drag on growth in Emerging Europe, along with sluggish growth in advanced economies and stricter financing conditions in Central Europe and the Baltic states.

Moldova slashes refinancing rate by 4pp in line with fall in inflation

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest May 12, 2023

The step was the fourth rate cut since December brings policy rate down to 10%, from 21.5% in September 2022.

Troubled Air Moldova suspends all flights

bne IntelliNews May 3, 2023

Airline says it plans accelerated restructuring to avoid bankruptcy, but identity of investors is unclear.

CENUSA: The European Political Community in Russia’s closeness: strengthening the "circle of friends" in the EU's neighbourhood

Denis Cenusa in Germany May 2, 2023

The EU should leverage the diplomatic aspect of the Community to amplify the pro-European message in its eastern neighbourhood. While keeping Georgia close is crucial, so is integrating Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Gagauzia becomes new front in Russia’s effort to destabilise Moldova

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 28, 2023

President Maia Sandu says many of the candidates running in Sunday’s election to lead the semi-autonomous Gagauzia region are Russian agents.

Emerging Europe on tentative recovery path from 2023

bne IntelliNews April 27, 2023

The Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe economies have largely digested the economic shock caused by the war in Ukraine and are heading for modest growth this year, says wiiw.

Moldovan industry begins new year at subdued level

bne IntelIiNews April 24, 2023

High energy prices have closed down or reduced the activity in many factories across the country.

Moldova confirms gradual and selective withdrawal from CIS agreements

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 21, 2023

Chisinau to focus on scrapping agreements with Russia-led bloc that are not compatible with its foreign policy priorities as it reorientates towards EU integration.

ING: World trade to see big shifts and weaker growth in 2023

ING April 21, 2023

World trade has been falling, but we still expect growth to return this year. We do notice large shifts in world trade as advanced economies – especially the US – are diversifying input sourcing.