Russia responds to Moldova’s pro-EU steps with warnings of “hybrid war”

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest December 4, 2023

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's rhetoric indicates a change in plans on Russia’s side.

Heavy snowfalls leave half Bulgaria without power

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 27, 2023

The heaviest snowfalls in more than a decade cut power to 1,000 towns and villages and blocked key roads and railways.

Moldova reports robust retail sales, but dwindling private consumption

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 27, 2023

Wages and the remittances to households have come under pressure since the beginning of the war in neighbouring Ukraine.

Moldova aligns to EU’s sanctions against Russia

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 27, 2023

Law has already prompted reactions from Russia, where foreign ministry spokesperson says Chisinau's goal is the "complete destruction of Moldovan-Russian relations".

Moldova halved natural gas consumption since 2021

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 24, 2023

High gas prices after political tensions with Russia resulted in the renegotiation of Moldova’s contract with Gazprom forced Moldovan companies and households to slash consumption.

Ukraine EU accession talks will be "difficult", European Council President Michel says

Ben Aris in Berlin November 23, 2023

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, predicts that the December summit on Ukraine's accession to the EU will be “difficult".

Moldova’s foreign trade returning to normal after energy price shock

bne IntelliNews November 23, 2023

Moldova’s foreign trade was severely impacted by the political conflict with Russia, which abandoned preferential prices starting in Q4 2021.

INTERVIEW: Green transition must be a just transition, says EBRD chief economist

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 21, 2023

EBRD research shows majority in transition countries believe climate change will severely affect the children of today, but fewer people are willing to pay to address the climate emergency.

Moldova’s industry deep in the red despite improvements in Q3

bne IntelliNews November 20, 2023

The industrial production index picked up by 3.0% q/q and its annual decrease moderated to 0.7% y/y in Q3.

Zelenskiy warns Russia planning to destabilise Balkans and Moldova

bne IntelliNews November 16, 2023

Ukrainian president says Russia likely orchestrated Middle East crisis and warns Balkans may be next.

Moldova doesn’t rule out settling Transnistrian conflict only after joining EU

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 15, 2023

President Maia Sandu says Moldova could join EU without Transnistria to avoid giving Russia a chance to stall accession process.

Inflation returns within target band in Moldova after hawkish monetary cycle

bne IntelliNews November 12, 2023

Subdued demand, stronger domestic currency and 16% lower regulated prices of utilities help bring down inflation.

European Commission recommends EU open accession negotiations with Ukraine

bne IntelliNews November 9, 2023

The European Commission has recommended that the European Council open accession negotiations with Ukraine.

Ukraine and Moldova recommended for EU accession talks, Western Balkans urged to speed up reforms

bne IntelliNews November 8, 2023

Releasing enlargement report package, Commission also calls for candidate status for Georgia, but criticises stalling in some longstanding Western Balkan candidate countries.

Moldova’s ruling pro-EU party wins local elections but loses big cities

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 7, 2023

PAS took the largest number of votes, but only three of the major cities where mayoral candidates won a first round victory.

Local elections fail to confirm massive pro-EU drive in Moldova

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 6, 2023

Early indications of consistent but not overwhelming support for the ruling pro-EU PAS while opposition candidates lead in Chisinau and Bali.

Moldova’s local elections this weekend are a barometer of its European orientation

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 3, 2023

Elections pit President Maia Sandu's PAS against pro-Russian Socialists and candidates backed by fugitive businessman Ilan Shor.

CENUSA: The Middle East crisis and the European perspective for Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia

Denis Cenusa in Germany November 1, 2023

The need to act on other geopolitical fronts should not be a reason for the EU to reduce its attention to enlargement.

BALKAN BLOG: Southeast Europe’s young reformers burn bright but fade fast

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow October 27, 2023

Will Montenegro's incoming PES-led government have more staying power than those led by other young EU-oriented reformers in Southeast Europe?

“Don’t sanction Russia’s oil: tax it,” says ex-Naftogaz chief Kobolyev

Ben Aris in Berlin October 25, 2023

Sanctions on Russia’s oil exports aren’t working. Russia has found too many partners in the global south that are willing to process or re-export its oil, and Moscow has too many ships in its shadow fleet that can avoid sanctions. So tax it.