COMMENT: Is Moldova’s new election system a threat to democracy?

Dumitru Alaiba of the Policy and Reform Center and Natalia Otel Belan of the Center for International Private Enterprise June 26, 2017

Electoral reforms ahead of Moldova's 2018 general election appear to be an attempt at gerrymandering and will contribute to the country's slide into authoritarianism.

Moldova’s $1bn bank frauds mirrored in Transnistria

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest June 26, 2017

Transnistria to nationalise two banks, liquidate third in connection to $80mn loans extended by central bank, in case that appears to replicate $1bn bank frauds in Moldova.

Moldova, Bulgaria, Poland, Albania and Latvia to lose more than 40% of their populations by 2100

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest June 22, 2017

UN projections show populations will fall in every East European country this century, with Moldova’s set to contract by more than 51%.

Moldovan court sentences businessman Shor in $1bn bank fraud case

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest June 22, 2017

Shor becomes third person to be sentenced over frauds that cost Moldova more than 10% of its GDP.

Transnistria devaluates currency by 25%

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest June 20, 2017

Separatist republic's central bank governor blames his predecessor's monetary expansion and Moldovan decision to cut electricity imports.

Banking convergence returns to Central and Eastern Europe, says RBI

Robert Anderson in Prague June 9, 2017

The banking downturn is over, with profitability surging last year, according to the lender's annual CEE Banking Report.

Moldova resumes electricity imports from Transnistria

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest June 7, 2017

Chisinau has repeatedly flip-flopped between Transnistria and Ukrainian suppliers this spring.

Liberal Party quits Moldovan government

Carmen Simion in Bucharest May 29, 2017

Ruling Democratic Party says it still has a majority but Liberals' departure is likely to create an opening for President Dodon to push for early elections.

US Congress considers fund to curb Russia’s influence in Eastern Europe

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest May 29, 2017

Ukraine, Moldova and Western Balkans countries among beneficiaries of proposed $250mn fund intended to support states vulnerable to influence by Russia.