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Will the pro-European power in Chișinău capitalize on its victory to the benefit of Moldova?

The Republic of Moldova has been presented with a historic opportunity, after pro-European forces, represented by the Action and Solidarity Party (PAS), have secured the Parliament, the Government and the Presidency. The post-Soviet period of transition may now be over, and the pro-European track, which has been in the limelight in Chișinău for three decades, may become irreversible.

Searching for popular support, Turkey's Erdoğan advances a new project: a two-state solution for Cyprus

Turkey is increasingly in favor of a two-Cypriot solution and is working to persuade other states to recognize Turkish Cyprus. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seems to have taken on the Cypriot cause in order to attract the nationalist electorate to his side in the run-up to the 2023 elections.

No country for reasonable men
Michal Kukawski
Michal Kukawski  |  21 Jul 2021
No country for reasonable men

Donald Tusk returned to Poland. He's main goal is to take power from Kaczyński and the right-wing government of Law and Justice. How does he want to do it and what are his chances?

The hybrid “revolver” and its six bullets
The hybrid “revolver” and its six bullets

The study of hybrid impact tools and technologies for their application is now becoming a necessity for most European countries. It should be understood that their application lasts long enough to form the basis of the study, and the need for countermeasures will remain relevant for many years.

Yevhen Mahda
Yevhen Mahda
14 Jul 2021
Bulgaria’s 11 july elections: the end of Borissov
Bulgaria’s 11 july elections: the end of Borissov

This Sunday Bulgaria is going through a new round of parliamentary elections, following the inconclusive ones from April which saw ruling party GERB lose votes and a Parliament dominated by opposition. The elections were called after no common ground was found between any of the parties in search of a coalition. The coming Parliament looks set to be as fragmented as the one that brought early elections. What will happen next is, thus, anyone’s guess. One thing seems sure though: long-serving former prime-minister Boyko Borissov will not return to power.

Svetoslav Todorov
Svetoslav Todorov
08 Jul 2021
China: Behind the Capitalist façade, the Party is tightening its control
China: Behind the Capitalist façade, the Party is tightening its control

China’s global opening-up after Mao’s death and a partial adoption of capitalism have only apparently softened the communist regime in Beijing. Mao’s successors have regularly shown that they will not cede their tight grip on society and, if the system requires defending- or consolidating- they can be as ruthless as the “founding father”.

Ioana Dumitrescu
Ioana Dumitrescu
07 Jul 2021
The Chinese Communist Party at 100: rising propaganda, declining reputation
The Chinese Communist Party at 100: rising propaganda, declining reputation

In 2021, China says it has achieved the centennial goals announced by Xi when it took power nearly ten years ago: eradicating poverty; implementing a sovereign type of domesticated internet, used for social regimentation; the space program; strengthening the role of party offices in the economy, including in European multinationals; re-ideologizing education and consolidating a kind of nationalist Maoism; eliminating democracy in Hong Kong. The paradox is that the more triumphalist it becomes at home, reporting to the people one success after another, the less powerful the image of the state-party based in Beijing gets at global level.

Sorin Ioniță
Sorin Ioniță
01 Jul 2021

DISINFORMATION: Withdrawing the Russian peacekeeping corps in Transnistria will lead to war

Withdrawing the Russian peacekeeping force may lead to war breaking out in Transnistria, reads an article published by the «Независимое Приднестровье» (Independent Transnistria) news portal and also carried by Moldovan media. The article suggests that, in the event of a new conflict, where Russian troops are replaced with UN and OSCE forces, Moscow may no longer stay neutral.

FAKE NEWS: The progressives’ campaign against Viktor Orban extends to Romania
Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș  |  24 Jul 2021
FAKE NEWS: The progressives’ campaign against Viktor Orban extends to Romania

A campaign “started by progressives against Viktor Orban” has allegedly spread to Romania as well, according to Sputnik.md, which brings as evidence in support of this theory the fact that the G4Media publication has commissioned a survey on the perception of the LGBT community.

FAKE NEWS: The West keeps hiding Ukraine’s guilt over the downing of the MH-17 flight
FAKE NEWS: The West keeps hiding Ukraine’s guilt over the downing of the MH-17 flight

Seven years after the downing, over Donbass, of the Boeing-777 plane that was performing the MH-17 flight, the Russia media resumes a series of narratives meant to exonerate the rebels who launched the Russian rocket. The main thesis is that Ukraine is responsible for the tragedy, but the West has sought to hide its guilt.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
20 Jul 2021
DISINFORMATION: Moldovans are preparing to be turned into a second-class people
DISINFORMATION: Moldovans are preparing to be turned into a second-class people

After the Action and Solidarity Party won the latest parliamentary elections, its leadership, whose members have Romanian passports, wants to force the union of the Republic of Moldova with Romania, an article published by the Russian Strategic Culture Fund in Russia and published by Moldovan media as well infers. A series of newer or older false narratives such as those regarding the US involvement in the elections in the Republic of Moldova, the “Romanian gendarme” and the transformation of the Republic of Moldova into an enemy of Russia are also resumed.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
19 Jul 2021
FAKE NEWS: Moldova needs Russia to feed its population
FAKE NEWS: Moldova needs Russia to feed its population

The new pro-Western government in Chisinau wants good relations with Russia because it is the most important economic partner of the Republic of Moldova, according to a commentary published by the Kremlin's loudspeaker, Sputnik. The West would be unable to support Moldova, which needs Russia to survive, the commentary also reads, continuing the series of false narratives launched during the election campaign.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
16 Jul 2021
FAKE NEWS: Dodon is not Russia’s man and Moscow did not interfere in the Republic of Moldova’s parliamentary elections
FAKE NEWS: Dodon is not Russia’s man and Moscow did not interfere in the Republic of Moldova’s parliamentary elections

Russia did not interfere, for the benefit of Igor Dodon, in the parliamentary elections lost by the pro-Russian left parties in Chisinau, Ion Cristoiu writes in an article taken over by sputnik.md. Cristoiu goes even further beyond this false narrative and speculates that Maia Sandu and her PAS will fail miserably, as they are unable to implement reforms.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
15 Jul 2021
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