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Protesters fear the new coalition government will move Moldova towards Russia and away from Europe (photo: dpa)

Moldova: election outcome will test viability of Europe's eastern expansion

Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe, has reached a turning point in its history. The tiny country of 3.5 million people sees some half its population supporting a move towards Europe with the rest wanting the shelter of Russia. A weak minority government now faces the task of overcoming infighting and corruption as it tries to lead the country towards economic and social reform to join Europe – while battling pressures from Russia.

MOLDOVA’S progress towards the European Union is on a knife-edge after the formation of a minority pro-European coalition.

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Following weeks of negotiations after the November 2014 general e...

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 Eka Tkeshelashvili
The fact Moldova now has a minority government needing the support of the Communists means its ability to carry out necessary reforms - including those required by Brussels - may be impaired
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