Original interview published in the fifth EU-STRAT newsletter (click here). Dumitru Alaiba is Program Director at CPR Moldova, an NGO launched in Chişinău, and former Head of the Moldovan Prime Minister‘s Economic Council Secretariat (2013-16) – an initiative supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The interview was conducted by Kamil Całus (OSW). … Continue reading Interview for the EU-STRAT newsletter: “Because of our own government failing to deliver, Moldova does not deserve an EU membership perspective”.
Original article for the Atlantic Council here. Last week a court in Moldova’s capital of Chișinău annulled the popular vote in local elections, which were won by pro-European opposition leader Andrei Năstase. The formal grounds for canceling the results are absurd; on election day the candidate urged people to vote on social media. This… Continue reading Democracy Is Under Major Attack in Moldova. Is Anyone Paying Attention? Article for the Atlantic Council.
Azi în piață am simțit că a ieșit Moldova mea să dea de știre că ea există. Moldova mea, Moldova pe care o iubesc. Moldova oamenilor decenți, frumoşi, buni. A oamenilor simpli care, poate nu prea pot să își exprime gândurile prin cuvinte deștepte, dar care simt multe. A oamenilor care muncesc și rabdă. Ei… Continue reading Moldova mea și Moldova lor
Original blogpost for the German Marshall Fund of the United States here. Oligarchs rule Eastern Europe. Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine are governed by pro-European governments, but have one oligarch (or more, in the case of Ukraine) calling the shots from behind the scenes. In my country, Moldova, we see how pro-European rhetoric is offered… Continue reading Could An Oligarch Build a Democracy in Moldova? – GMF Blogpost
S-a tot vorbit că alegerile din Chișinău sunt o repetiție pentru testarea sistemului mixt. Și dacă duminica trecută ar fi fost alegerile parlamentare? Câteva gânduri mai jos. Rezultatul alegerilor din Chișinău arată, în practică, la ce ne putem aștepta în parlamentare sub sistemul electoral mixt. Să fi fost alegeri pentru Parlament, Ion Ceban, care a… Continue reading Dacă duminica trecută ar fi fost Parlamentarele
We are counting the fourth year since we learned about the financial crimes that threw Moldova in a deep social-economic and political crisis (the effects of which are vehemently denied by Moldova’s present authorities). Building on previous work (another paper here, a monitoring platform here, and the whole issue described here, with more work), I am publishing… Continue reading ”Too Big to Jail”? Four years of inaction in the investigation of Moldovan financial crimes (policy paper)
Even a filthy corrupt and authoritarian government might want to try a ”good” reform, in an attempt to boost popularity. Even that one “good” reform will most probably fail. And that is because it will lack a central ingredient, and that ingredient is accountability. Accountability has to be built into the reform, from the very… Continue reading Reform without accountability is unsustainable