Watching and Waiting

Into the Unknown

Moldova watchers and regional analysts alike are keenly trying to make sense of the new ruling coalition that has taken power in Chisinau. Made up of pro-European reformists and pro-Russian parties, the new government is seen as an unholy alliance and somewhat of a dark horse.

Looking ahead at what challenges await the new government, we talk to Maia Sandu, the Prime Minister and leader of the pro-EU ACUM bloc. She outlines the government's priorities, among which judicial reforms take a central place, as does fulfilling the terms of the EU Association Agreement and unlocking international financial assistance.

Read more: In Remaking Moldova, Pro-European PM Takes on Courts (July 1, 2019)

Uneasy Feeling

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with Moldovan President Igor Dodon (R) during their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of an informal Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) summit in Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, 26 December 2017. Photo: EPA/Alexei Druzhinin

The decision to hand over many key security posts in the new Moldovan government to the pro-Russian Socialists is still being scrutinised both within the country and further afield. To say that it has caused unease would be putting it mildly.

In our analysis, we look at what concessions have been made to the pro-Russian Socialists in the security sector as part of the coalition negotiations. We also examine what impact this could have both in Moldova and the wider region, as well as what the more medium term strategy of the Socialists of President Igor Dodon might be.

Read more: Moldova's Pro-Russian Forces Covet Country's Security Agencies (July 4, 2019)

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