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Political analyses and commentaries published in 2008

Political year 2008
Igor Botan, December 26, 2008
The political year 2008 was special. In fact, it crowned the eight-year rule of the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM). Many events recorded in 2008 will have a long-term impact, others have just impressed. In this regard ten events are worth to be mentioned[]

Political partiesGovernment — opposition relations

CIS summit — a pretext for a propagandistic campaign?
Igor Botan, November 15, 2008
During November 13–14, 2008, Chisinau hosted the summit of CIS heads of government. Much was written about this regional organisation, though it deserved only some ascertainments. The CIS may claim the title of the most secret regional international organisation[]

Foreign policy / European integration

Stakes in the 2009 parliamentary elections
Igor Botan, October 31, 2008
The findings of the recent Barometer of Public Opinion (BPO) conducted under the auspices of the Institute for Public Policy (IPP) confirms stable perceptions of Moldovan citizens, as well as a number of new trends which are becoming more obvious. In order to meet necessities of estimating the state of things, the evolution of perceptions of respondents should be examined[]

ElectionsPolitical parties

“Kozak-2 plan” or recognition of Transnistria?
Maxim Kuzovlev, September 15, 2008
The agenda of Russian President Dmitri Medvedev for August 26 was pretty busy. On that day, the Russian chief of state informed the world community that it has signed the decree recognising the Republic of South Ossetia (RSO) and the Republic of Abkhazia[]

Transnistria

Disunited opposition running the risk…
Igor Botan, August 31, 2008
The modification of the Electoral Code and the adoption of the new Law on political parties required indeed the rebuilding of the political scene. There is no other efficient solution against the exaggerated 6-percent electoral threshold and ban of pre-electoral alliances but to speed up the strengthening of political forces on certain doctrinaire or programmatic compatibility[]

Political parties

Terms to schedule elections
Igor Botan, July 31, 2008
Reactions and rhetoric by leaders of political parties reveal that the 2009 parliamentary elections are being prepared. In this context, it is worth to know exact terms to hold elections. The things seem to be simple should parliamentary elections not be synchronised with presidential elections[]

Elections

Democratic standards: before or after…
Igor Botan, July 15, 2008
The president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Lluis Maria de Puig, has addressed members of the Moldovan Parliament confirming some facts that Moldovan authorities know very well from other pan-European institutions, E.U. and U.S. officials[]

Elections

Republic of Moldova shall join EU one day, somehow…
Igor Botan, June 30, 2008
President Vladimir Voronin chaired a sitting of the National Commission for European integration on July 25, 2008. In all likelihood, the sitting was set over the expiration of the November 28, 1994 Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between European Communities and their member states, on one hand, and the Republic of Moldova, on the other hand[]

Foreign policy / European integration

Sankt-Petersburg CIS Summit
Igor Botan, June 15, 2008
The informal CIS Summit held in Sankt-Petersburg on June 6–7, 2008 had a distinct significance. All CIS leaders have shown interest to attend the summit and this is a rarity. Grave problems between a number of CIS states and Russia could not halt the participation in the first collective meeting with the newly-elected Russian president, Dmitri Medvedyev[]

Foreign policy / European integration

Elections in Gagauzia as prelude of parliamentary elections
Igor Botan, May 31, 2008
The intrigue of elections for the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia held in two rounds on March 16 and 30, 2008 consisted in updating the ratio of political forces from the region. The same political groups which joined the race for the ranking of Gagauz Governor (head of executive) in December 2006 committed themselves to contest the supremacy of the regional legislature[]

Elections

Things go wrong…
Igor Botan, April 30, 2008
The Barometer of Public Opinion (BPO) released on April 23, 2008 confirmed the stability of trends outlined half a year ago. Recent findings fix perceptions of Moldovan citizens to a period marked by a series of important regional developments with an impact on internal situations, and internal events[]

Political parties

Rapid “thaw” may open up “flooding”
Igor Botan, April 15, 2008
President Vladimir Voronin and Transnistrian leader Igor Smirnov met in Bender on April 11, 2008, after a pause of six years and half. That was a sensational event. Judging after conduct, Smirnov would have liked to avoid that meeting, with the recognition of Transnistria’s independence by Russia being a priority for him[]

Transnistria

The Action Plan is dead. Long live the Plan!
Elena Prohnitchi, April 15, 2008
On April 3, the European Commission made public the second document analyzing the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy by the partner countries during the period November 2006 — December 2007 (Communication to the Council and the Parliament on the ENP implementation in 2007)[]

Foreign policy / European integration

6th PCRM Congress and its first consequences
Igor Botan, March 31, 2008
The 6th Congress of the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) from March 15, 2008 made mixed impressions. On one hand, the congress has surely brought some cardinal changes[]

Governmental policies

Preliminary conclusions on elections results
Igor Botan, March 17, 2008
Two out of the 12 independents elected in the 1st round represent the Bloc for a Flourishing Gagauzia in a Revived Moldova (FGRMB), which includes the PCRM, while another 4 represent the United Gagauzia Movement (UGM)[]

Elections

Empty rhetoric or?..
Maxim Kuzovlev, March 15, 2008
So, a new sensation. But sensations conform themselves to a law, even in Moldova. At least, the way they are given birth. Sensational news about a certain and unavoidable event are disseminated via Russian media outlets. Lately, the Russian newspaper Kommersant has become the source of sensations regarding Moldovan affairs[]

Transnistria

Are regional parties really necessary?
Igor Botan, March 6, 2008
The March 16-scheduled elections for the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia (PAG) have revealed the problem of regional parties. This problem is pretty old, but the forthcoming elections for the People’s Assembly raised debates between local and international experts[]

ElectionsPolitical parties

Gagauzia Parliamentary Election: perspectives and candidates’ strategies
Infotag, March 3, 2008
Preparation to an ordinary election of the Popular Assembly [parliament] in Gagauz Yeri, an autonomous region situated in southern Moldova, kicked off quite long ago. The outgoing legislature’s mandate expired yet on December 17, 2007, but the law-stipulated deadline for holding an election permitted the deputies to sit in the Assembly for another 3 months[]

Elections

E.U. — Republic of Moldova Action Plan turns 3
Igor Botan, February 29, 2008
On February 22, 2008, the European Union — Republic of Moldova Action Plan (EUMAP) signed at the 7th Meeting of the Cooperation Council turned three. This is an occasion to sum up accomplishments and estimate prospects[]

Foreign policy / European integration

Party institutionalisation and elections
Igor Botan, February 15, 2008
The Moldovan democracy is imitative like other East European democracies. This term is sanctioned and it indicates that the borrowed forms filled with domestic consistence are adequately manifested very seldom[]

Political parties

Shevchyuk riddle
Maxim Kuzovlev, February 15, 2008
The desire to see anybody else but not Igor Smirnov ruling Transnistria challenges information waves in the Moldovan and foreign mass media[]

Transnistria

Visa facilitation agreement: “Beer for members of trade unions only?!”
Igor Botan, January 30, 2008
The agreement allows the issuance of E.U. multi-visas and stipulates a 35-euro single visa issuance fee[]

Foreign policy / European integration