En Garde, IMF!

It’s no secret that I have almost zero respect for Romanian journalists and bloggers. But I am starting to get a serious writer crush on Moldovan journalist Vitalie Calugareanu, who has been writing (literally!) the only decent analysis I’ve seen anywhere in the Romanian language on what’s going on in the Republic of Moldova. Because his latest article is so good, I decided to translate … Continue reading En Garde, IMF!

Petras Auštrevičius Loses His Cool

You know, in the diplomatic world, you’re always supposed to discuss even the most contentious issues with poise and equanimity. But earlier this week, special rapporteur to the Republic of Moldova, one Lithuanian politician named Petras Austrevicius, couldn’t control himself. The European official hinted in this context that Brussels monitors the situation from the Republic of Moldova and is not influenced by the cases and … Continue reading Petras Auštrevičius Loses His Cool

The 2016 MCV Report

Word Count: 1883 After writing two exhaustive inquiries into the workings of the DNA, I was highly eager to read the MCV reports published on January 27, 2016 for Romania. Yes, they’re filled with dense technical terms and legalistic writing but hey, that’s what gets me excited. I’d already read media stories that the MCV report this year on Bulgaria was far more critical than … Continue reading The 2016 MCV Report

The Rats Go Running in Moldova

As the deadline of January 29 gets ever closer, none of the politicians know what the fuck to do. This article, written just yesterday, is already out of date, but has valuable information about what’s at stake: The Eastern Partnership is suffering a two-front assault. On the one hand, the Netherlands are going to the polls in a referendum that will approve or disapprove of … Continue reading The Rats Go Running in Moldova

Moldovan Politics Splinters Yet Again

Even the oligarchs running the country can’t decide which faction to support: “The decline in the financial and banking sector has grown into a political and social crisis, which is threatening the country with catastrophic consequences,” the parliamentarians noted. They believe that in this situation the interests of the country and not those of the political parties should be a priority. The rest here. Continue reading Moldovan Politics Splinters Yet Again