The EEU is expanding, meaning that the Union is attractive. At first there were three members, now there are five. Moldova joined the queue. Kishinev holds out big hopes to enter the Eurasian Economic Union, because the situation in the country is complicated and it took a long time to establish the political architecture. Moldova returned back to national presidential elections. The president is the head of state according to the Constitution, however the republic remains parliamentarian.
Kishinev and the EEU signed a memorandum on cooperation on April 3, 2017. Nevertheless, Moldova’s Prime Minister found something to say to President Dodon nearly straight away.
Pavel Filip, Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova:
The position expressed by most of Moldavian government and the democratic party is pretty clear: the juridical value of the memorandum signed by Mr. Dodon is equal to zero.
Before the memorandum was signed, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, visited Kishinev in February. He was convincing Moldova to not have anything to do with the EEU; however, he did not promise any materialistic benefits or awards. The ideological position is as following. Moldova is choosing between the West and the East, between Europe and Russia. Official Kishinev is choosing between life and death, and, as it seems, it prefers to suffer rather than quickly go to the pot in the name of euro integration ideals.
Igor Dodon, President of the Republic of Moldova:
I suppose that Moldova’s Prime Minister wants to be attractive for international donors, because 30% of Moldavian budget are external loans and grants this year. If somebody doesn’t like what the Prime Minister is saying, than this person may stay without funding. Unfortunately, he is not interested in the majority’s interests in the Republic of Moldova.
Before announcing the changes in the foreign policy course, President Dodon accurately counted everything: the money, the volume of trade flows, the changes in the demographic balance. In a period of three years, which had passed since the European Union Association Agreement was signed, the illusions were destroyed and the present and the future of Moldova obtained a photographic accuracy. In the last two years Moldova sold 40 million dollars of products less than it should of have, however, Europe imports to Moldova such products which were grown and made in the country since the world began. Furthermore, the commodity circulation with Russia summed up to 350 million. In truth this situation in Moldova has been going on for a quarter of a century, but nobody from the country’s government seems to be bothered.
New European authorities get money directly from Brussels and the EU fund, in this case the moods of the electorates doesn’t bother them much. President Dodon is the leader of rebellious groups, he is the embodied peaceful revolution: those residents of Moldova who did not leave the country and are not going to dream of a suited for life country. A bloodless civil war began against magnates and their services.
President Dodon will be holding a referendum in September. Citizens of Moldova will be able to vote against the “stolen billion law”: it is a parliamentary act according to which the recently stolen money from the National Bank are required to be recognized as gone missing and then all the Moldavians should collect a new billion for the country’s budget. Another thing that President Dodon is suggesting is to change the “History of Romania” to the “History of Moldova” in schools. What is more, the citizens are offered a possibility to vote for the amendments to the Constitution: the parliamentarians, who will have their powers trimmed, are spitefully asking whether they should then call the current president “King Dodon”.
All the actions of Moldova’s President, who has been in power slightly over than 100 days, are made up into a pretty clear strategy. The same concerns Moldova’s accession to the EEU: Moldova doesn’t intend to terminate the European Union Association Agreement; it will be enhanced by the development of economic ties with the East. The problem is the both the East and the West see Moldova as a trophy, which doesn’t want to be divided. Moldova is simply searching for a way of how to survive, how to get out of the prolonged economic agony.
However, President Dodon is far from being a king. A strong parliament and a liberal and a pro-European toothy Prime Minister stand against him. Patriots of Moldova have stiff battles ahead against patriots of Romania, of Europe and of thick wallets. Furthermore, the outcome of these battles is unpredictable.