IMF ready to extend additional funding to Moldova

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 14, 2022

The Moldovan authorities asked for an extra $267mn to help cope with the impact of the war in Ukraine and surging international energy and food prices.

VISEGRAD BLOG: Are broad coalitions really the best way to overthrow authoritarian populists?

Robert Anderson in Prague April 12, 2022

The Hungarian election has dealt a big blow to the once confident hope that broad opposition pre-electoral coalitions are the best way to remove entrenched authoritarian populists from power.

Moldova prepares for 'plan B' if Gazprom cuts supplies on May 1

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 11, 2022

Paying for electricity and gas at market prices could be the price of Moldova's independence, says Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spinu.

Moldova’s partners pledge €695mn to help with Ukrainian refugees

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 6, 2022

With a population of around 2.4mn, Moldova is hosting nearly 100,000 refugees and is providing support to many more who pass through on their way to other countries.

Moldova says no evidence of increased activity of Russian troops in Transnistria

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 4, 2022

Officials in both Chisinau and Tiraspol say no signs of military buildup on separatist Transnistria's border with Ukraine.

Moldova expects 0.3% growth this year and gradual advance to 4.4% in 2025

bne IntelliNews April 1, 2022

The Moldovan government is preparing to rewrite its 2022 budget after the war in neighbouring Ukraine caused growth to falter.

EBRD slashes 2022 growth forecasts but only nations embroiled in war to enter recession

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 31, 2022

Ukraine's economy forecast to contract by 20% and projections worsen across emerging Europe — except for Eurasian oil and gas producers Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.

Ukrainian refugees rely on generosity of strangers in Moldova

Haley Bader in Comrat and Palanca March 23, 2022

While Moldovans work tirelessly to provide accommodation for fleeing Ukrainians with uncertain futures, welcome centres are still desperately underfunded and depend on volunteers

Moldova’s retail sales unexpectedly up 19% y/y in January

bne IntelliNews March 22, 2022

Inflation failed to depress retail sales, which shot up despite the 16.6% rise in consumer prices.

BALKAN BLOG: The world has changed, it’s time for EU enlargement to change too

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 16, 2022

Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and most of the Western Balkans states have made a clear choice in favour of Western integration.

Moldova hikes refinancing rate to 12.5% amid bleaker inflation outlook

bne IntelliNews March 16, 2022

Central bank in Chisinau aims to alleviate inflationary pressures and protect the population's deposits and savings.

OPINION: Frontline state refugee bonds can finance Ukraine influx

Gary Kleiman of Kleiman Intl Consultants Inc March 15, 2022

Commercial debt and equity markets can help fill funding and policy gaps, and rally bank and fund manager interests to public purpose.

Moldova’s inflation hits 18.5% y/y in February

bne IntelliNews March 15, 2022

Inflation expected to pass 20% mark this year and further rate hikes are likely.

Poll shows rising support for EU membership in Moldova

bne IntelliNews March 10, 2022

61% of the respondents in a poll by Magenta Consulting support the country’s European Union membership, nearly twice as many as the 31% who oppose it.

EXPLAINER: The Moldovan separatist republic of Transnistria

bne IntelliNews March 8, 2022

What to expect from the Russia-backed separatist republic on Ukraine's western flank.

EXPLAINER: The Moldovan separatist republic of Transnistria

bne IntelliNews March 8, 2022

What to expect from the Russia-backed separatist republic on Ukraine's western flank.

Ukraine blows up bridge to Transnistria after Tiraspol reasserts its independence

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest March 7, 2022

Since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine there has been concern that Transnistria, where Russian troops are stationed, could become involved in the conflict.

Moldova applies for EU membership

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest March 4, 2022

Moldova follows Ukraine and Georgia in applying for EU membership, though President Maia Sandu admits accession is "a long way ahead".

VISEGRAD BLOG: Nato rethinks the security of its Eastern Flank

Robert Anderson in Prague March 3, 2022

We may be witnessing the construction of a new Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe, though this time the former Warsaw Pact states of Central Europe will be on the western side.

Former Moldovan PM says if Russia occupies Odesa next target is Transnistria

bne IntelliNews March 3, 2022

Ion Sturza warns that Moldova’s position is highly vulnerable — in contrast with the reassurances from the Moldovan authorities.