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President Dodon angered by local calls for Reunion with Romania, gets accused of double standards on separatism

31 January 2018- The President of Moldova, Igor Dodon, has called on his Security Council to investigate the recent statements of six village councils supporting reunion with Romania. In a declaration, Dodon condemned the actions of the local officials that adopted the statements “against the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova”.

Dodon stated that he “use all possibilities of internal and international law, in order to ensure the national security of the Republic of Moldova”.

What Dodon calls anti-constitutional acts are just some symbolical statements of local councils from seven villages on the occasion of the 1859 Romanian Union Day. The local councilors of Parcova, Fântâna Albă, Feștelița, Opaci, Bardar, Ruseștii-Noi, Ulmu and Văsieni adopted similar declarations in support of reunion with Romania.

One of the signatories of these declarations, Feștelița’s mayor Nicolae Tudoreanu, accused Dodon of double standards on condemning separatism:

“What about awarding orders to the separatists from Comrat and Tiraspol, isn’t that an attack at the independence of the Republic of Moldova? I expressed some thoughts a cause only dreamt by my ancestors and I am sure, by the ancestors of President Dodon. Simply, the money he has obliges him to tell something else”, said Tudoreanu to TV8.

“Everyone who feels Romanian has the moral right to sign these declarations that are signed from the soul and does not have a juridical base”, says Petru Frunze, mayor of Puhoi.

“Dodon is not our President. He is an illegally elected President and he himself makes our state of the Republic of Moldova to become a captured state, dependent on Russia”, added Marcel Snegur, the mayor of Parcova.

Dodon was also mocked by the President of the National Unity Party, Anatol Șalaru:

Dodon is not afraid of the referendums organized in Gagauzia, he is not afraid of the military exercises of the OGRT (Operative Group of Russian Troops- Moldova.org) in Transnstria, but (he is afraid) only of the Union. He never requested the punishment of those who shoot us in 1992, but he is ready to imprison the unionists”, said the ex-Minister of Defense in a Facebook post.

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IRI Survey: 46% of Moldovans would vote for joining the European Union, 36%- Eurasian Union

16 July 2018- The International Republican Institute published a new poll on the social-political opinions of Moldovan people.

The poll reflects increased interest of Moldovans in participating in the next parliamentary elections:

The Moldovans seem to be driven by dissatisfaction with the pace of change:

Here are few of the data of the poll we thought are interesting:

PDF version of the poll:

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MAE: Romania attaches great importance to Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine’s political association with EU

Romania attaches great importance to speeding up the economic integration and political association of the Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine with the European Union, Romania’s Foreign Ministry (MAE) quotes Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu as saying at an EU meeting on Monday.

Melescanu attended a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels that discussed the Eastern Partnership, and Libya.

“With regard to the Eastern Partnership, the foreign ministers reviewed the latest developments in meeting the 20 concrete results to be achieved by 2020 as set by the European summit of November 24, 2017. Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu reiterated Romania’s support for the consolidation of the Eastern partnership and the EU’s relationship with all the six partner states – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – in order to implement the reforms and policies of the Agenda 2020 to the direct benefit of the citizens. He underlined the major importance attached by Romania to the further development of additional co-operation ways with the three countries that have concluded association agreements with the EU (Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine) in order to speed up the political association and economic integration of these countries with the European Union, aiming to ensure stability, security and prosperity in the region. He highlighted the priority that will be given to this file under the Romanian presidency of the EU Council in the first half of 2019,” according to MAE.

The meeting offered the ministers the opportunity to address the latest domestic developments in Libya, focusing on political and security levels, as well as migration issues.

Melescanu reiterated Romania’s position on the EU’s efforts to support the UN plan of action to identify an inclusive political solution, sustainable stabilisation and internal security in Libya.

According to MAE, a working lunch allowed for an exchange of views on regional developments in the Korean Peninsula and highlighted the EU’s readiness to support the diplomatic process aimed at denuclearising the peninsula and inter-Korean reconciliation. Melescanu underscored the importance of maintaining a constant commitment of all the players involved in the region to achieve concrete and sustainable results with full, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation.

On the side-lines if the of the FAC meeting, Melescanu had a meeting with EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Common Security Federica Mogherini, informing about Romania’s interest in adequately marking the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership under the Romanian presidency of the EU Council in the first half of 2019. At the same time, Melescanu highlighted the importance of the support of EU institutions and of the personal involvement of the European official in ensuring that this is a success story.

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Poll: PSRM- 49%, PPDA – 15%, PDM – 13% and PAS – 11%

Should parliamentary elections be held next Sunday, four parties would pass over the threshold into the legislature. They are PSRM, PPDA, PAS and PDM. This comes out of the latest poll by the Sociologists and Demographers Association from Moldova.

Almost 50% of the respondents with clear voting intentions would cast their ballots for the Socialists Party (49.7%). The number of the Socialists’ voters has slightly dropped, compared to the results of a similar research presented in April (50.5%).

PPDA would come second and would collect 15.9% of the votes of the interviewed. In April, the rating of Andrei Năstase’s party was 8.9%.

The Democratic Party from Moldova would garner 13.5%, compared to 10.7% in April. The ranking of the parties with chances to get into the Parliament is closed by Maia Sandu’s organization. PAS would get 11.1% of the votes from the decided respondents, as compared to 19.3% in the previous poll.

The poll was carried out from June 26 through July 7 on a sample of 1,195 respondents from 81 Moldovan localities. The error margin is +/-3%.

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