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 effect of Russia’s meddling in Moldova’s internal affairs should not be underestimated. This includes Moscow’s support of political forces loyal to the Kremlin and the trade and information wars it has waged against the coalition government
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