Moldova: The Outsize Significance of a Small Country

Jan 27, 2016 | 12:54 GMT

The Outsize Significance of Moldova
People walk past a monument celebrating the Soviet victory over the German army in Tiraspol, Moldova, in April 2014.


Moldova's political arena, like Ukraine's, is polarized between Russia and the West, with splits running through political parties and the population as a whole. For seven years, this divide has effectively paralyzed the country's political system. This began in 2009 when a coalition, the pro-West Alliance for European Integration, unseated the Russia-friendly Communist Party in elections. Since 2009, the government has collapsed or has had to call early elections numerous times because the pro-Europe parties did not reach the threshold of votes to overcome their opponents or because they were beset by scandal....

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