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Igor Dodon: Eastern Partnership Summit confirmed the illusion of European integration



On November 27th, the President of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Dodon, came up with a statement in the context of finished Eastern Partnership Summit held in Brussels last week.

According to Dodon, the Summit confirmed the “illusory character of the European integration” and that “Moldova’s case is in the last drawer of Europe’s preoccupations”. He believes that the recent events, including the Summit, revealed that Moldova is far away from the EU and that in Brussels, the essence of the current government is known.

The Moldovan President argues that the government from Chișinău uses its anti-Russian rhetoric “not only to become attractive for the West but also to create a favorable ideological background for the interior, for political and electoral considerations. Dodon qualifies this rhetoric as useless for the relations with the West and toxic for the social and economic development of Moldova because it would create ethnical and social divides within the country and harm the relations with the Eastern partners, especially the Russian Federation.

“In the last years, the citizens of the Republic of Moldova were victims of a massive manipulation campaign, whose goal was and is to prove that the integration within the European Union is not only a doable objective but also that it would be done in the close future”, declares Dodon, claiming that the European Union has enough internal problems and there are messages from Brussels that the EU doesn’t want an extension.

However, in the end, Dodon thanks the “European partners” for the support given to Moldova but asks them to recognize that Moldova must have a balanced foreign policy.

Later in the statement, he specifies that coming back to the strategic partnership with Russia is a necessity dictated by the present situation.

Pavel Filip, PM of Moldova who attended the EaP Summit, responded to President’s statement, calling it “disappointing and populist”. Filip says that during his many visits in Moscow President Dodon might see different the Eastern Partnership. The Prime-Minister ended his message by stressing that Moldova’s future is based on the “European project of modernization”, supported by the majority of citizens.

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Dodon, on his official visit to Israel, was decorated with the “Order of the Holy Sepulchre”



The President Dodon and his First Lady are on an official visit to Israel. Dodon’s Facebook has already published a series of photo images from the Yad Vashem Memorial Complex, built in memory of the six million Jews that were exterminated during the Second World War, but also from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

During the meeting, Galina and Igor Dodon had a meeting with HE Mr. Theophilos III, Patriarch of Jerusalem and All of Palestine.

“I told His Holiness about the important role that Orthodox religion plays in the life of Moldovan society. In particular, we noted that, according to the population census, more than 98 per cent of our country’s inhabitants are Orthodox. Orthodox religion is the greatest value of the people of Moldova and one of the pillars of our statehood,” the president wrote on his Facebook page.

During the meeting, Patriarch Teofil handed to the President of the Republic of Moldova “Order of the Holy Sepulchre” for special merits in defending the Orthodox religion.

The Order of the Holy Sepulchre is a religious order created by Godefroy de Bouillon after the conquest of Jerusalem by the Crusaders in 1099. Founded by the monks, this order was intended to protect the Holy Sepulchre and the liturgical life of the sanctuary. With the multiplication of conquests in the Holy Land, the order expanded to extend its mission to protect the holy places of the entire Jerusalem Kingdom.

In October, Igor Dodon was also decorated by Patriarch Kiril for “the attention paid to the active support of church public initiatives of the Orthodox Church in Moldova.”

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DTPP and PAS signed the agreement to set up the Election Bloc “ACUM” // VIDEO



Yesterday, the Dignity and Truth Platform (DTPP) and the Action and Solidarity Party (PAS) signed the agreement to set up the “ACUM DA-PAS Platform” for the parliamentary elections of February 24, 2019.

The president of the Dignity and Truth Platform Andrei Nastase said that the formalization of the electoral bloc is carried out in strict accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Moldova, with the Constitution and “in strict conformity with the desire of a very significant part of the citizens”.

“Our unity and the manner in which we have so far presented and the way we have acted in the two important elections – the 2016 presidential term and the 2018 municipal government – allow us to say that absolutely nothing can stand in a path to our great desire for freedom and democracy, building a state of law with a functional justice, with a functional economy, with good conditions for a decent living for everyone,” said Andrei Năstase.

The DTPP president admitted that “the current regime will still try to divide the two parties, discredit them.”

In his turn, PAS chairman Maia Sandu mentioned that the two parties unite the desire to put Moldova on the path of normality, to give the honest people a decent home, to create conditions for those who left to come back.

“We unite our commitment to building a rule of law that protects us from all sorts of thieves, usurpers and corrupts. We unite our commitment to promoting economic policies that create conditions for those who can work, to secure their well-being, and those who can not do it, are protected, including economically, by the state,” said Maia Sandu.

Acordul de constituire a Blocului electoral ACUM Platforma DA PAS

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Geplaatst door Maia Sandu op Zondag 16 december 2018

Moreover, the Liberal Party, too, decided to take part in the February 24th elections in the bloc ACUM, the president of the Liberal Party Dorin Chirtoaca announced on Sunday, after the meeting of the Political Council of the political party.


“There has been a debate of about three hours. The decision was made by voting to participate in the parliamentary elections within the ACUM block, under the conditions of the 5 points – the compromise that we reached in the discussions we had for a month with PAS, DTPP and PLDM.

Respectively, to consolidate our forces, to have a single pro-European and unionist bloc in these elections, in order to be able to demolish, it is disembarking from the dictatorship already established in the Republic of Moldova,” the ex Chisinau mayor declared.

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RISE Moldova: The new Democratic Party fortress



Last November, the Democratic Party unveiled its logo on the facade of the new headquarters in Armeneasca street in the capital city.

The Democratic Party move out caused an avalanche of changes throughout the whole neighborhood – major repair works, state-evacuated state institutions, restricted parking on the adjacent streets, and the whole region – hard to secure – all this for the comfort and safety of the Democrats, according to a RISE Moldova investigation.

The headquarters of the Democratic Party (PD) are two steps away from the Bulgara boulevard block in which Vladimir Plahotniuc, the leader of the political party, officially lives.

Raised on the terrace of a four-meter-high stand, the building has four floors and over 7,200 square meters.

Until the Democratic Party moves out, the real estate has been devastated for almost ten years. High in 2006-2008 by Stayer SRL, the project site is identified as “administrative building and hotel”. Stayer is the family business of Vladimir Baldovici, a former Communist construction minister.

Officially, the owner of the new Democratic headquarters is the Constar Invest company. She bought the building in January 2017, not two weeks after Plahotniuc took over the leadership of the PD.

Constar Invest was founded in 2008, and true recipients hide behind Jarrow Business, a Belize offshore.


The move of the Democrats to the new house was preceded by a true metamorphosis of the whole area. From the opposite construction, a building with an exit to the Stephen the Great boulevard, several economic agents and state institutions were evicted, such as the State Registration Chamber or the Stock Exchange.

The evacuated authorities include the Judiciary building of the Center district, where alleged criminals were brought to trial daily. As a rule, detainees were disembarked at the back entrance of the building, that is, just in front of the new PD headquarters.

In the building of almost 3,400 square meters it is the exclusive place for several structures of the prosecutor’s office who remains to move into it. Not even before the repairing process began, works worth almost 23 million lei started after the evacuation.

The walls were plastered, the windows and doors were changed, the electricity networks and the sewer system were repaired out of the sum of money. As a matter of fact, the works started behind the building of the Prosecutor’s Office, which points exactly to the main entrance of the Democratic headquarters. The façade was only over a year and it has lasted until now.

The full text of the investigation can be read HERE.

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