), is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east, and south. The capital city is Chișinău.

Moldova declared independence on August 27, 1991 as part of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The current Constitution of Moldova was adopted in 1994. A strip of Moldovan territory on the east bank of the river Dniester has been under the de facto control of the breakaway government of Transnistria since 1990.

Due to a decrease in industrial and agricultural output following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the service sector has grown to dominate Moldova's economy and currently composes over 60% of the nation's GDP. However, Moldova remains the poorest country in Europe.

Moldova is a parliamentary republic with a president as head of state and a prime minister as head of government. It is a member state of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and aspires to join the European Union.


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Diplomats, NGOs, Condemn Attacks on EU Ambassador to Moldova

Balkan Insight 26 Feb 2021
Most EU ambassadors to Moldova and an umbrella group of 96 domestic NGOs have defended the EU's ambassador to Chisinau from the verbal assaults of the ruling pro-Russian parties. Peter Michalko, the European Union ambassador to Moldova delivers a speech on July 14, 2020. Photo.

Europol Cracks Gang Smuggling Vulnerable Moldovans into France

Balkan Insight 25 Feb 2021
Photo ... Simultaneous police raids in France, Romania and Moldova have led to the arrest of 38 people allegedly involved in an international network that smuggled Moldovan citizens into France to exploit them in the construction industry, Europol said on Thursday.

Moldova’s Pro-EU President Clashes With Parliament Over PM

Balkan Insight 12 Feb 2021
Photo ... Moldova’s pro-Western President Maia Sandu stepped deeper into an all-out confrontation with parliament on Thursday when she rejected its nomination of a new prime minister – and again put forward a rival candidate with no support among MPs ... republic like Moldova.

In Moldova, New President Wrestles with Hostile Parliament

Balkan Insight 08 Feb 2021
Moldova’s new pro-European president, Maia Sandu, is walking a political tightrope with the nomination of her former finance minister to head the country’s next government, giving her rivals the chance to delay a snap election and work on denting her popularity in the meantime, experts say ... Photo ... Photo.

Moldova Blocks Indebted Railway Company’s Accounts After Damning Report

Balkan Insight 05 Feb 2021
Moldova's state railway company, CFM, has had its accounts blocked after auditors released a highly critical report lambasting years of mismanagement and corruption that have left it unable to pay staff salaries. A porter on the platform at the Central Railway Station of Chisinau, Moldova, February 25, 2018. Photo ... Moldova.

BIRN Fact-Check: What Must be Done for Russian Forces to Leave Transnistria?

Balkan Insight 22 Jan 2021
As Moldova and Russia spar again over Moscow’s military presence in the breakaway region of Transnistria, BIRN looks at what it would take to end this decades-long dispute ... “I am sure we will find a format for resolving the [Transnistrian] conflict, and this should include the complete withdrawal of Russian troops from Moldova ... Photo ... Photo ... Photo.

Moldova in 2021: Political and Economic Turbulence Could Worsen Emigration

Balkan Insight 20 Jan 2021
Even with a pro-European president with good relations with Brussels at the helm, the political forecast for Moldova in 2021 promises to be turbulent ... The deputies of Socialists Party vote in the Parliament in Chisinau, Moldova, November 14, 2019.Photo ... Photo ... Clearly, Moldova-Russia relations in 2021 will not be friendly ones at a presidential level.

Anti-Graft Prosecutors Detain Moldova’s Ex-Ambassador to Moscow

Balkan Insight 29 Dec 2020
The former Moldovan ambassador to Moscow, Andrei Neguta, was detained on suspicion of involvement in the smuggling of anabolic steroids from Moldova to Russia ... Photo ... Moldova is among the world’s top producers of anabolic steroids, which are in high demand on the black market worldwide.

Anna Leikovic’s Instagram account is still live after she was accused of ripping out her ...

m&c 16 Dec 2020
A previous photo uploaded on September 18, shows the young woman posing in a low cut top and white shorts. A photo (see below) uploaded on July 20 shows her in a tightfitting mini dress ... Over to Moldova ... Anna Leikovic is a 21-year-old medical student from Comrat, Moldova.

NGOs Accuse Romania of Inaction on Human Trafficking

Balkan Insight 14 Dec 2020
Romanian Prime Minister Ludovic Orban (C), flanked by Interior Minister Ion-Marcel Vela (L) and Health Minister Nelu Tataru (R), inspect trucks loaded with medical supplies to help Moldova fight the pandemic, May 6, 2020. Archive photo. EPA-EFE/ROBERT GHEMENT ... In their report, the NGOs also slam Interior Minister Marcel Vela ... .

Moldovan Socialists Push to Cut Powers of Asset Inspectorate

Balkan Insight 11 Dec 2020
Socialist deputies in Moldova have initiated a draft bill to reduce the powers of the national body that checks the assets of state officials – claiming the inspectors only target their party members. Socialist deputies attending a press conference in Chisinau, Moldova, March 11, 2019. Photo.

Pro-EU Reformer wins Moldovan Presidential Election

Voa News 16 Nov 2020
She is the first elected female leader in Moldova ... "Moldova should be a good home for all citizens regardless of their nationality and the language they speak," she added ... Moldova's presidential candidate Maia Sandu, poses for a selfie photo with her supporters as she leaves the Action and Solidarity Party office in Chisinau, Nov.

Celtic's departed dozen: The 12 internationalists Neil Lennon will be watching over the Nations League break

Scotsman 11 Nov 2020
Celtic's departed dozen. The 12 internationalists Neil Lennon will be watching over the Nations League break ... By David Oliver. Wednesday, 11th November 2020, 2.01 pm ... We've taken a look at the departed dozen. 1 ... Photo ... Buy photo. 2 ... Photo ... Buy photo. 3 ... Photo ... Buy photo. 4 ... Nov 11 - Cyprus (h); Nov 15 - Moldova (a); Nov 18 - Slovenia (h). Photo ... Buy photo ... .