Soviet Yearnings: Hopes Rise in Transnistria of a Russian Annexation

Soviet Yearnings: Hopes Rise in Transnistria of a Russian Annexation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 24, 2014

Transnistria is the only place in Europe that still uses the hammer and sickle on its flag. Now that Russia has annexed Crimea and is eyeing eastern Ukraine, many in the breakaway Moldovan republic hope that they are next on Moscow's agenda. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

EU vs. Moscow: Russia Tries to Woo Back Moldova

EU vs. Moscow: Russia Tries to Woo Back Moldova

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 04, 2014

As Moldova prepares to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union, Russia is stepping up attempts to keep the country in its fold. It has found some willing helpers in the country. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Republic of Abandoned Children: Desperate Moldovans Head West without Families

Republic of Abandoned Children: Desperate Moldovans Head West without Families

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 19, 2012

Moldova was a relatively prosperous republic when it was still part of the Soviet Union. But now its ailing economy has driven roughly a quarter of its population abroad in search of better prospects. The victims are the thousands of children growing up back home alone. By Nicola Abé more... Comment ]

Romanian Passports For Moldovans: Entering the EU Through the Back Door

Romanian Passports For Moldovans: Entering the EU Through the Back Door

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 13, 2010

Romania's president wants to increase his country's population and is using an odd means to do so. The country is generously bestowing hundreds of thousands of Romanian passports on impoverished Moldovans. They are gratefully accepting the offer from the EU member state and are streaming into Western Europe to work as cheap laborers. By Benjamin Bidder in Chisinau, Moldova more...

Fanning the Flames? Romania to Offer Moldovans Citizenship

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 17, 2009

Results of a recount of Moldova's disputed election are due Friday, but Romania has already inflamed tensions by offering citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Moldovan citizens. more...

'Twitter Revolution': Fearing Uprising, Russia Backs Moldova's Communists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 10, 2009

This week's peaceful protests in Moldova that transformed into riots have raised the possibility of an anti-Communist revolution like those seen in Georgia and Ukraine. Now Russia is stepping in to back Moldova's old guard, but the country's tangled history could prove to be diplomatic quicksand for the West. More protests were brewing on Friday. more...

Political Violence in Moldova: Riot Police Crack Down on Anti-Communist Protests

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 08, 2009

Riot police have regained control of Moldova's parliament after anti-Communist demonstrations turned violent Tuesday. At least 170 people were injured and one person died during the riots, which are in reaction to the Communist Party's victory in Sunday's election. more...

Reunification with Romania? EU Dreams in Communist Moldova

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 02, 2009

Europe's last Communist regime is looking increasingly shaky. The population in Moldova, which holds parliamentary elections this Sunday, wants reunification with Romania -- and the EU membership it would bring. By Uwe Klußmann in Moldova more...

Are Moldova and Ukraine at Risk? Ex-Soviet States Fear Russian Aggression

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 29, 2008

Moscow's recent offensive in the Caucasus region has former Soviet republics worried. They see it as a return to old imperialist policies and fear they could be the next victims of Russian aggression. How much at risk are Ukraine and Moldova? By Otto Luchterhandt more...

Moldovan Security Concerns: Hundreds of Thousands Would Rather Be Romanian

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 08, 2007

Since Romania's entry into the European Union at the beginning of this year, 800,000 Moldovans have applied for citizenship -- fully 20 percent of the country. Moldova now accuses Romania of harming its national security. more...