Tag: Moldova

#Moldova: The captured state on Europe’s edge

#Moldova: The captured state on Europe’s edge

| March 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Twenty-five years after independence, Moldova still suffers from corruption and institutional failure. Only the EU can hold the government coalition accountable for reform, writes Cristina Gherasimov. As far back as 2000, the World Bank had already categorized Moldova as ‘a captured state.’ Parliamentary vote-buying, the sale of judicial decisions, mishandling of public funds and non-transparent […]

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#ProjectDiamond begins where #PinkPanther left off

#ProjectDiamond begins where #PinkPanther left off

| January 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

This week Europol organized, together with Austria and Switzerland, the first international conference on jewellery robbery and burglary under a new umbrella project entitled ‘Diamond’. Hosted at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague, the event brought together more than 70 experts from almost all EU Member States, as well as third parties from Europe, Asia, the […]

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Pro-Moscow figure Igor Dodon claims #Moldova presidency

Pro-Moscow figure Igor Dodon claims #Moldova presidency

| November 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pro-Russian candidate Igor Dodon has won the second round of Moldova’s presidential election. With almost all the ballots counted, Mr Dodon, who wants to restore close ties with Russia, had 52.37% of the vote. His rival, pro-European candidate Maia Sandu, polled 47.63%. The national vote marks the first direct presidential election in Moldova for 20 […]

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#CIS: The quarter-century milestone

#CIS: The quarter-century milestone

| October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), writes Martin Banks. This is an association of former Soviet republics that was established in December 1991 by Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus to help ease the dissolution of the Soviet Union and coordinate inter-republican affairs. Most of the former Soviet republics are […]

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#Moldova in centre of international inquiry on corruption

#Moldova in centre of international inquiry on corruption

| July 22, 2016 | 2 Comments

The international community, including the EU, has been urged to withhold future funding for Moldova until a full investigation is   held to bring to justice those behind a crime dubbed the “robbery of the century”. Anger has been building since it was revealed last year that close to 15 percent of Moldova’s gross domestic product […]

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#EuropeanParliament: Banks, Euronest and Palestine on this week’s agenda

#EuropeanParliament: Banks, Euronest and Palestine on this week’s agenda

| March 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Representatives of six European banks meet members of the tax rulings committee this week. The environment committee votes on a motion calling for mandatory country of origin labelling for meat and milk. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Al-Malki and the Egyptian Grand Mufti Shawki Allam appear before the foreign affairs committee, while MEPs and parliamentarians from […]

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#Moldova Two members of minority religion jailed in Moldova

#Moldova Two members of minority religion jailed in Moldova

| January 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Oleg Savencov and Mihai Calestru, two members of the Unification Church who are in pre-trial detention in Moldova charged with trafficking in human beings, should be “immediately and unconditionally released,” according to Human Rights Without Frontiers and the Forum for Religious Freedom- Europe, two international human rights organizations that have investigated the charges. The two […]

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