I Can Now Predict the Future (in Moldova)

Over the weekend, I picked up this tiny little story (in Romanian) about an interview with Andrian Candu, the speaker of the Moldovan Parliament, that was printed in Latvijas Avize (in Latvian). I assume that the original interview was in Russian, but since it was printed in Latvian, I had to rely on the internet…

Stripper

Oh my, this story really made me laugh. Original link in Romanian is here, but the gist of it is that long-time Romanian president Traian Basescu has had his (Republic of) Moldovan citizenship stripped by the new (Moldovan) President Igor Dodon. This truly is hilarious on several levels. After spending literally his entire life in…

Tongue Bath

If you ask someone from Cluj-Napoca what language they speak here in dear, quaint Moldova, you’d get a unanimous answer: Romanian. Indeed, if you remember my post Akum noi toti govarim pa romaneste, you know that Romanian is the official language of the Moldovan constitution and so you probably consider the case closed. As an…

How to Become the President of Moldova in 8 Easy Steps

Most of the world is probably rightly focused on the upcoming presidency of Donald Trump, but here in little old Moldova, Igor Dodon will officially become the president tomorrow (December 23). In case you’ve never witnessed such a spectacle, here is what it takes to officially become the president of Moldova: Win the election. The…

High and Deep in Moldova

With the IMF in town and the majority of the country against them, the sinister coalition led by Pavel “Mr. Midnight” Filip is putting a brave face on things. Yesterday the parliament published yet another piece of worthless paper. My translation: The document laid out by the Moldovan legislature states their intention to promote reforms…

Dark Comedy Continues in Moldova

I never expected Deutsche Welle (German state media) and their Romanian-language edition to provide such insightful analysis on the situation in Moldova but they’ve continued to surprise me in recent days. My translation: The impression is that Moldova’s foreign friends have, over the past three years, agreed to “sacrifice” democracy for a while in favor…

Moldova, Moldova, Sent Money Right Over!

Temperatures are warming up and the protesters aren’t going away: Moldova’s opposition has prevented reelection of Chairman of the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) Mihai Poalelungi whom it accuses of corruption. [The Protesters] chanted “Down With the Mafia!” and other anti-government slogans. I seriously had to laugh reading that sentence. “Down with the Mafia” is…

How to Save Moldova

Help poor old Moldova! Whatever can be done to save this poor widdle country? Let’s see what the Wise Old Elves are saying! NATO? NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and Moldovan Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrei Galbur met on Monday (8 February 2016) for talks on strengthening the partnership between the Alliance and Chișinău….

Dreaming Overtaking Reality

Oh my. This morning I woke up to read this: Socialist Party chairman Igor Dodon accused Washington of pressing for the “terrible scenario” of the unification of Moldova and Romania and urged a return “home” of tiny, politically fraught Moldova “back in the U.S.S.R.” through membership of the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union. Well, no. Let’s…

Tensions Rise in RM

Wow! An amazingly frank piece from the BBC about the current situation in Moldova: Some people say the street protests in Moldova are by pro-Russian protesters trying to unseat a European-friendly government in a former Soviet republic. But the reality in Europe’s poorest country is more complicated than that. All due respect to this reporter…

Filip Remains Defiant

You got to love the balls on this guy. Pavel Filip, after becoming the new Prime Minister of Moldova in a secret ceremony held at midnight, just told the BBC that he refuses to do the right thing and step down: Speaking to the BBC, Mr Filip acknowledged that the political class had a last…

Protests Continue in Moldova

Every major media outlet, including the BBC and all the major players in other languages, covered the events of yesterday (Sunday) as between 10 and 50 thousand people came out in the bitter cold to call for new elections: Chanting “We Are the People” and “We Want our Country Back” in both Romanian and Russian,…