MonitoringPoliticsCommentaries

Political analyses and commentaries published in 2011

AIE in zeitnot
Igor Botan, November 1, 2011
AIE is running out of time for a banal reason — the absence of elementary communication between its leaders and the cultivation of practice for putting partners forward a fait accompli. The voting by the PDM faction of a decision to release the presidential election procedure without coordinating it with partners has the features of a vendetta of those pined to the wall, which were thought to be short of counterpart and expected to obey[]

Governmental policies

Phoenix Bird and Watermelon
Igor Botan, October 17, 2011
The activity of AIE in the last half year proved that this political structure is incapable to promote the promised reforms and overcome the institutional crisis faced by Moldova for more than two years[]

Governmental policiesGovernment — opposition relations

Who is afraid of early elections?
Igor Botan, September 6, 2011
Statements of the prime-minister that “the things go wrong” and that there is a threat of “mafiotization” of the Republic of Moldova revealed that the early parliamentary elections would not be a catastrophe to the Republic of Moldova, but a catastrophe to AIE[]

ElectionsPolitical partiesGovernment — opposition relations

Sad end of the “success story”
Igor Botan, August 6, 2011
The end of the spring-summer parliamentary session was an occasion to summarize the work of the Alliance for European Integration (AIE)[]

Political partiesGovernmental policiesGovernment — opposition relations

Election of district heads — a new occasion to torpedo or revitalize AIE
Igor Botan, June 29, 2011
Disputes between AIE components exceeded the limits to be credible in eyes of electors. For the time being, following local elections, the definitive collapse or eventual recovery of AIE could be based on a political decision to build majorities in district councils[]

ElectionsPolitical parties

Preliminary results of 2011 local elections
Igor Botan, June 23, 2011
The high turnout of local elections on June 5 and 19, 2011 (53.7 percent while approximately 20 percent of citizens who have the right to vote are outside of the country and cannot participate in elections) was on a level with their importance. The political-administrative nature of local elections carries a series of nuances[]

Elections

Constitutional crisis: Responsibilities by consequences
Veaceslav Zaporojan, May 15, 2011
Following lots of ECHR judgements against Republic of Moldova, our politicians wanted to find out names of judges who issued rulings that hit the budget of Moldova. In this train of thoughts, it’s also time to learn out the names of lawmakers who made decisions that seriously harmed Moldova, as some ECHR judgements indicate the inappropriate framework, sometimes adopted ungracefully[]

Governmental policies

What’s at stakes in local elections
Igor Botan, May 2, 2011
Several things are at stake in the general local elections of 5 June. The outcome of these elections will secure whether: the Alliance for European Integration (AEI) will survive as the ruling coalition; the local public administration reform will be promoted, and the AEI’ governing program concerning the decentralization of power will be accomplished; the main political forces will find a solution to elect the head of state and to overcome the institutional crisis or would trigger early parliamentary elections; the myth of “Moldova — a success story” will finally collapse[]

Elections

EU — Moldova Forum
Igor Botan, March 31, 2011
Moldovan authorities more and more frequently show that they mastered the art of making influential friends for the country they rule. This is important and necessary. The last example in this regard is the EU-Moldova Forum, held on March 29 to 31 in Chisinau[]

Foreign policy / European integration

The Myth about the Story…
Igor Botan, March 15, 2011
Joe Biden explained the reason of his visit: “I will visit the Republic of Moldova, because this country is a democratic success story”[]

Foreign policy / European integrationPolitical parties

Confused Alliance
Igor Botan, February 28, 2011
AEI will have provisional status and will remain confused, ineffective and scandalous unless a solution will be identified for the presidential elections. So far, the three components of AEI have not even fumbled with a common approach to find a proper solution[]

Political partiesGovernmental policies

Constitutional Court Decision: Yes for opportunities, No for solutions
Igor Botan, February 14, 2011
On February 8, 2011 the Constitutional Court (CC) has decided to discontinue consideration of notification of the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) on interpretation of Article 90 of the Constitution concerning the deadlines for setting the date for presidential elections[]

ElectionsJustice and legal bodies

Results of elections in Gagauzia and the post-electoral situation
Igor Botan, January 20, 2011
It’s important to compare the results of elections for the Governor of Gagauzia in order to understand the evolution of the political landscape in the autonomy, whereas in the past five years some civic movements have been established in the region in support of certain leaders and political currents, which compete with political parties on national level[]

Elections

Presidential election: hazard versus consistency
Igor Botan, January 13, 2011
Agreement on the establishment and operation of the Alliance for European Integration (AIE), signed on December 30, 2010 announced “the legalization of the activity of stable governance that shall be valid for the duration of a full four-year term” by the signatory parties: Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova (PLDM), Democratic Party (PD) and the Liberal Party (PL)[]

ElectionsPolitical partiesGovernment — opposition relations