Moldova’s industrial output growth accelerates to 9.9% y/y in October

bne IntelliNews December 13, 2017

New industries such as those supplying the automotive sector are emerging alongside traditional activities based on Moldova's natural resources.

Moldova’s exports hit new peak in October

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest December 11, 2017

34% y/y surge in exports in October driven by hike in sales to Germany and Poland, as EU now absorbs 65% of Moldovan exports.

Moscow court reportedly issues arrest warrant for Moldovan oligarch and political heavyweight Plahotniuc

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest December 7, 2017

Russian media speculate that the attempted murder charge against Plahotnuic is related to the assassination attempt against Russian banker Gherman Gorbuntsov, but Plahotnuic's party says he is a victim of harassment by the Russian authorities.

BOOK REVIEW: Russia plays a weak hand strongly in Southeast Europe

Clare Nuttall in Belgrade December 5, 2017

Russia has clawed its way back from its weak position after the end of the Cold War to make firm friends across Southeast Europe even in countries that are firmly in the Western camp.

Substantial progress made in Transnistria settlement talks

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 29, 2017

Movement on several issues comes as the economic situation in the breakaway Moldovan republic reaches crisis point after the Russian aid it relies on is repeatedly postponed.

OPINION: Moldova’s leu turns 24

Alex M. Tanase in London November 29, 2017

The leu was born and has existed so far in a very challenging environment characterised by high corruption and soaring foreign debt.

Moldova considers further aid for troubled banks

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 28, 2017

State could temporarily take over stakes confiscated from non-transparent shareholders in systemically important banks, a proposal that raises questions about costs and transparency.

SEE economies lag behind on attracting FDI

bne IntelliNews November 22, 2017

Only Albania and Serbia have attracted a significant increase in foreign investment compared to 2010, according to UNCTAD.

Moldovan Socialists fail to oust Chisinau mayor in referendum

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 20, 2017

Dorin Chirtoaca, a perennial thorn in the side of Socialist President Igor Dodon, held onto his position despite being under house arrest in a corruption case as Chisinau voters remained firm in their pro-EU stance.

European Parliament recommends deepening Eastern Partnership with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

bne IntelliNews November 16, 2017

MEPs want to reward reforms by Eastern Partnership countries by allowing them to join EU customs union, energy union or even Schengen area.

Moldova’s industry gains momentum after two-year stagnation

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 15, 2017

Revival spurred by resolution of banking sector problems, successful reduction of inflation and recent political stabilisation.

Transnistria devalues currency further as Russia delays support

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 14, 2017

Separatist republic's central bank has ruled out another devaluation this year, but the economy remains under pressure as the new government has so far failed to persuade Moscow to provide financial support.

Moldova’s inflation hits 7.9% y/y in October

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 13, 2017

Central bank expects price growth to decelerate in the coming quarters but this is optimistic given the need for an upward revision in regulated prices including utility prices.