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Political analyses and commentaries published in 2004

Fifth Congress of the Party of Communists
Igor Botan, December 12, 2004
The main reason for convening the fifth congress of the Party of Communist was to reshuffle governing body[]

Political parties

Barometer of Public Opinion: deja vu or… change may be?
Viorel Cibotaru, November 28, 2004
Once the results were released on November 16, 2004 media and analysts alike turned their attention to the immediate impact of the results, leaving the analysis of tendencies and changes for later. Still, it is exactly those changes that are of great interest[]

Elections

Stability and Security Pact for the Republic of Moldova
Igor Botan, November 14, 2004
US, EU, and Romania are ready to sign a Declaration on Stability and Security for the Republic of Moldova, that is they assume moral obligations to support Republic of Moldova. Signing a Pact is not even considered, which according to the President should be “a document of international law”[]

Transnistria

“3D” strategy — from “extremism” to consensus?
Oazu Nantoi, October 31, 2004
A group of independent experts from Moldova developed and presented to public opinion “3D” strategy and Road Map for Moldova reintegration[]

Transnistria

To friends — everything, to enemies — the law
Igor Botan, October 17, 2004
Relations between main political players have morphed into a full-fledged information war. With the elections coming, this information war is set to escalate[]

Political partiesGovernment — opposition relations

Astana Summit: an evidence to the CIS crisis
Igor Botan, September 26, 2004
President Voronin’s refusal to attend CIS Summit in Astana and use that opportunity to talk to Presidents Putin and Kucima on ways of settling Transdnistrian conflict indicates that the potential for negotiations on Transdnistria with the participation of Russia and Ukraine has been fully exhausted[]

Foreign policy / European integration

Concerns on the eve of elections
Igor Botan, September 12, 2004
With the launch of the fall political season analysts and media alike engaged in assessing preparations for parliamentary elections. According to their estimates, elections might be held late May or even June next year[]

Elections

What happens after ECHR’ ruling? (Part II)
Igor Botan, July 25, 2004
The first reaction of the Russian Federation to the ECHR’s judgement on “the case of Ilascu” paved the way for the Transdnistrian authorities’ saying. As it was to be expected, Transdnistrian reaction was far more radical[]

Transnistria

What happens after ECHR’ ruling? (Part I)
Igor Botan, July 11, 2004
On July 8, European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on the “case of Ilascu and others v. Moldova and Russia”. ECHR ruled that Russia and Moldova are guilty of violating provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights, in particular the right to freedom and prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment[]

Transnistria

When would elections be held?
Igor Botan, June 27, 2004
Recently amendments to the Law on the Procedure of Electing the President of the Republic of Moldova were operated, under which “The Parliament of the same legislature gets to elect the President only once, except for cases of vacancy of the position”[]

Elections

Mass-media in Moldova
Igor Botan, June 13, 2004
There is a clear distinction in the Republic of Moldova, at least in the legal framework, between public versus state-run media. Things are quite different in audio-visual and printed media[]

Elections

Supreme Security Council
June 11, 2004
On May 24 the President signed the Decree on the setting up the Supreme Security Council (SSC). In the eyes of opposition the new SSC membership is more of a “politburo”, or rather a “petty government” of the President intended to substitute the Cabinet of Ministers and serve “towards fulfilling dictatorial ambitions of usurping the state power”[]

Governmental policies

Pre-election configuration
Igor Botan, May 30, 2004
The configuration of the main electoral contestants in the upcoming elections has become quite clear in May. The main parties represented in Parliament, namely Communist Party and Christian-Democratic People’s Party already held plenary assembly (the former) and the congress (the second)[]

ElectionsPolitical parties

Moldovan civil society
May 19, 2004
There are no fields in the social, economic, or political life where Party of Communists wouldn’t have claimed a breakthrough throughout its three years stay in power. Recently, in an interview to “Misli” (Thought) newspaper President identified yet another field where his party attained considerable achievements[]

Civil society / NGO

It’s clear than nothing is clear
Igor Botan, May 9, 2004
Three years passed since the presidential decree no. 46-III of 15.05.2001 on resolution of the Transdnistrian conflict was issued. Under the decree “settling Transdnistrian conflict by observing the principles of territorial integrity and state sovereignty is a key task for the public authorities of the Republic of Moldova”[]

Transnistria

Moldova gives up on ghosts?
Igor Botan, April 29, 2004
In his speech delivered eight months ago at the 12 anniversary of the Republic of Moldova’s independence, President Vladimir Voronin said “today Moldova gives up on its illusions and old fears”[]

Political partiesGovernmental policies

NATO is expanding, whereas Moldova… shrinking?
Viorel Cibotaru, April 25, 2004
As it was to be expected, Moldova’s reactions to seven new states (Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania) joining on April 2 the North Atlantic Treaty were reserved and prudent (from authorities) and contemplative and imminent (from opposition and analysts alike)[]

Governmental policies

Three years of Tarlev Government
April 20, 2004
On April 19 three years passed since Tarlev’s Government was sworn in. His ruling program “Economy’s revival — country’s revival” was aimed at solving three major issues outlined by President Voronin himself: Transdnistrian conflict, poverty reduction, and fighting corruption[]

Governmental policies

Competition of ideas for the public good
Igor Botan, April 11, 2004
Political life has been dominated lately by a competition of ideas among the leaders of the major political forces. So far, it’s too early to say for sure whether the ideas voiced really clarify on political offers, or on the contrary complicate things even further[]

Political parties

Fire on headquarters!
Igor Botan, March 28, 2004
Although oppositions’ efforts in establishing a single electoral coalition do not inspire much confidence, this did not stop ruling party from engaging in a large-scale campaign aimed at denigrating and breaking it apart[]

Political partiesGovernment — opposition relations

Authoritarian tendencies
March 24, 2004
Moldovan authorities’ actions have resembled more and more those of the Belarus authorities lately. This similarity is visible in every respect[]

Governmental policies

Public television: to be or not to be?
Alex Florea, March 14, 2004
The issue of public television has been in the public gaze quite regularly. And there are enough grounds for this, to mention just frequent changes to the laws on public television, establishment of a strike committee and the strike that followed, Observer Council and election of the company Chair, censorship, statements of the Anticensorship Committee, persecution of journalists that took part in the protest rallies, etc[]

Governmental policies

What’s happening with Social Democratic Party of Moldova?
Gheorghii Sergheev, March 10, 2004
With almost one year left until the 2005 parliamentary elections, there is an abundance of initiatives calling on uniting opposition forces in a single, or two or three electoral blocs[]

Political parties

In Favor of a Coalition Government in Moldova
Ilian Casu, February 26, 2004
Hardly anyone would dispute the fact that the policies of a winning party in democratically held elections matter, yet more important is the style with which they are enforced. An authoritarian and unilateral reform style defines the majoritarian government formed after the accession to power of the Communist Party in February 2001[]

Governmental policies

Preparations for elections
Igor Botan, February 22, 2004
Albeit there is almost one year left until electoral campaign officially starts, parties are already warming up. So far, possible electoral alliances and relations between power and opposition have been topping the agenda of the would-be electoral contestants[]

Elections

A new mission for Erhard Busek?
Igor Botan, February 16, 2004
Lately Moldova has been overwhelmed by scandals. They pop up regularly in different fields both domestically and abroad, thus shattering the myth about the political stability of the Republic of Moldova[]

Governmental policies

The power of reason
Igor Botan, February 8, 2004
Politics in Moldova goes hand in hand with scandals related to the exercise of the citizens’ fundamental rights. January 25’ authorities decline of Christian-Democrats application to authorise a protest rally that was submitted back on December 3, 2003 — has produced yet another scandal[]

Political partiesGovernment — opposition relations

Ratio of forces: power — opposition
Igor Botan, January 25, 2004
Although there is still one year left until the next parliamentary elections the major political parties have already engaged in talks on possible alliances as well as testing what messages would the electorate go for[]

Political partiesGovernment — opposition relations

Is European integration still of strategic importance?
Igor Botan, January 11, 2004
In his speech of December 26, 2003 at the closing of the Parliament fall-winter session, Vladimir Voronin outlined new tasks for the year 2004. One of those tasks was speeding up the efforts in view of Republic of Moldova’ integration into EU[]

Foreign policy / European integration