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Political analyses and commentaries published in 2007

Political year 2007
Igor Botan, December 27, 2007
The key events of the political year 2007 were linked to general local elections, renunciation of the “political partnership for the European integration”; antagonising of relations between the central government and the local public administration; ideological revisionism of the ruling party and regrouping of opposition forces; increasing danger of “permanent aggression” against the Republic of Moldova[]

Political parties

Communication from the Commission “A Strong European Neighbourhood Policy”. Preliminary conclusions for Moldova
Sergiu Buscaneanu, December 16, 2007
The European Commission released on December 5, 2007 a new communication titled “A Strong European Neighbourhood Policy”. The Moldovan mass media did not cover this document much[]

Foreign policy / European integration

After October, November is over…
Igor Botan, November 30, 2007
It seems that the October initiatives by President Vladimir Voronin released in three interviews with two Moscow-based newspapers will have the fate of precedent proposals; that means mediators and observers will welcome them in continuation, they will fuel new debates and consultations, etc., but they will not have a significant impact[]

Transnistria

New elections in Rezina
Igor Botan, November 16, 2007
The Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) won the new elections in the Rezina district council on November 11, 2007, garnering three mandates more than the opposition, though the opposition gained one mandate more than the ruling party at the June 3, 2007 ordinary elections[]

Elections

What does sociological profile of new local power suggest?
Igor Botan, October 31, 2007
Poor enough image of parties may be compensated by a pretty good image of local public administration bodies, of course if parties have an adequate representation in these bodies and if electors appreciate their activity[]

Elections

Transdnistrian settlement initiatives by President Voronin
Igor Botan, October 15, 2007
Two interviews with President Vladimir Voronin published by the Moscow-based newspapers Komsomolskaya Pravda (in Moldova) and Izvestya on October 4 and 10, 2007 mark a new approach of the problems linked to the settlement of the Transdnistrian conflict[]

Transnistria

Weekly meetings of the National Commission for European Integration — an early assessment
Margareta Mamaliga, September 30, 2007
At the 13 September meeting of the National Commission for European Integration (NCEI) Prime Minister Vasile Tarlev reiterated the irreversible nature of Moldova’s European integration objective and demanded the full implementation of the provisions of the European Union — Moldova Action Plan (AP) by 17 November 2007[]

Foreign policy / European integration

Death of political partnership
Igor Botan, July 31, 2007
The opposition will be capable to stay consolidated further only under the threat that the PCRM may regain its rating and restart pressures and harassments under various forms[]

Elections

E.U.-Moldova Cooperation Council (June 2007)
Sergiu Buscaneanu, July 3, 2007
Luxembourg hosted the 9th Meeting of the European Union-Moldova Cooperation Council on June 19, 2007. President Voronin headed the group of Moldovan officials who attended the meeting[]

Foreign policy / European integration

Aggregated victory of dispersed opposition
Igor Botan, June 14, 2007
Estimating the potential of preparing for participation in the 2009 parliamentary elections was one of declared collateral goals of political parties launched at the June 3, 2007 local elections. The exercise was successful, with eventual alliances and mergers of parties being based on concrete data[]

Elections

Voter turnout at June 3, 2007 elections
Igor Botan, June 12, 2007
The generalised results of the June 3, 2007 elections unveiled by the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) on June 6 have generally coincided with the results made public after the closing of polling stations by those who performed a parallel counting. However, there is a significant difference between the final results regarding the voter turnout released immediately after the closing of polling stations[]

Elections

Evolution of European option in Moldova (2000–2007)
Sergiu Buscaneanu, May 31, 2007
This approach reveals the evolution of European option in Moldova from August 2000 to May 2007, establishes the profile of “Europtimistic” group of people and the hierarchy of criteria that divide the public opinion concerning the European integration[]

Foreign policy / European integration

“Useful vote” for “least evil”?
Igor Botan, May 11, 2007
The June 3-scheduled general local elections have entered the third phase — the decisive one. Voters are due to choose the best offers and candidates in the third phase after approximately 1,000 constituencies have been created and electoral candidates have been registered[]

Elections

Curse of “interesting times”?
Igor Botan, April 17, 2007
The process of making economic decisions is still unsatisfactory and this is rather a negative signal for foreign partners of Moldova[]

Governmental policies

Local elections 2007
Igor Botan, April 6, 2007
The June 3-scheduled general local elections will have an important role besides the proper role of electing mayors and local councillors. At least other five additional factors enhance the importance of the electoral race[]

Elections

Transnistrian party-building: a new or well-forgotten past?
Maxim Kuzovlev, March 18, 2007
A building boom was observed in Transnistria last year. In particular, political parties were built. The boom slowed down much this year. Perhaps the winter is the cause? Or the number of parties per capita is already enough?[]

Transnistria

Perception of foreign relations (Part II)
Igor Botan, March 4, 2007
The internal political stability in Moldova is strongly influenced by its foreign relations in the virtue of certain factors. However, it seems that authorities are not steadfast in ensuring an appropriate legal support for new trends, though the perception of foreign relations by citizens has essentially changed after the March 2005 parliamentary elections[]

Foreign policy / European integration

Evolution of perceptions of social-economic and political situation (Part I)
Igor Botan, February 16, 2007
At present, the evolution of perceptions of social-economic and political situation in Moldova must be estimated for two reasons: the absolute victory of the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) in the Parliament will turn 6 on February 25, 2007; the general local elections scheduled for late May-early June are being prepared[]

Governmental policies

Moldova within ENP. First assessment report by the European Commission
Sergiu Buscaneanu, January 31, 2007
The first seven action plans worked out within the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and launched by the European Commission turned two on December 9, 2006, while the European Union-Moldova Action Plan signed at the 7th meeting of the EU-Moldova Cooperation Council will turn two on February 22, 2007[]

Foreign policy / European integration