Moldova to send all its gas from Gazprom to Transnistria

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest December 5, 2022

Chisinau aims to avoid blackouts, bring down electricity prices and improve relations with Russia-backed separatists in Transnistria with latest move.

Moldova's president "deeply concerned" by Saakashvili’s deteriorating health

Mack Tubridy in Tbilisi December 5, 2022

Former president remains in a detention that one of his lawyers has called a "death sentence".

Poll shows only one in five Moldovans happy with their government

bne IntelliNews December 2, 2022

Poll reveals Moldovans' unhappiness amid rampant inflation and economic hardship brought on by the war in Ukraine.

Moldova attends first Nato summit but says membership is not an option

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest December 1, 2022

Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu takes care not to provoke Russia, despite Nato promises of support for Moldova.

Gazprom admits Moldova paid its bills but keeps December deliveries at under half of contracted amount

bne IntelliNews November 29, 2022

Energy crisis in Moldova continues as Gazprom refuses to increase deliveries, accusing Chisinau of "frequent payment breaches".

Poll shows Moldovans’ pro-EU sentiment remains fragile

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 28, 2022

Multiple uncertainties related to the war in Ukraine, inflation, energy supply and the prospects of EU accession have created frustration among Moldova's population.

Moldovans respond to latest blackout with solidarity for Ukraine

bne IntelliNews November 24, 2022

When their country was plunged into darkness, Moldovans joined Ukrainians in tweeting their defiance of Russia with the hashtag #withoutyou.

Ukraine faces one of worst declines in GDP from a war, says EBRD

Robert Anderson in London November 22, 2022

The contraction in Ukraine’s GDP will be among the worst 10-20% of those in conflicts in the last 200 years, the development bank predicts in its 2022/23 Transition Report.

EBRD warns of risk of 'zombification'

Robert Anderson in London November 22, 2022

Development bank recommends countries should now gradually dial down help to vulnerable companies, so they can either learn to adapt to the new climate of higher interest rates or exit the market by going into insolvency.

Donors mobilise €100mn for Moldova at third support conference

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 22, 2022

Moldova's economy has been damaged by the war in neighbouring Ukraine and the energy crisis.

Moldova’s trade deficit hits new record in Q3

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 22, 2022

Moldova’s trade balance came under strong pressure from high energy prices and the poor harvest.

BALKAN BLOG: Moldova’s beleaguered pro-EU authorities opt for radical and risky steps

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 17, 2022

Weekly mass protests and the ‘Moldova Leaks’ scandal have put the government under pressure. Its response risks undermining its reformist credentials.

COMMENT: Russian tactics against Ukraine hit Moldovan energy sector

Denis Cenusa in Germany November 16, 2022

Moldova is in the front line this winter as Russia's attack on Ukraine spills over to undermine the republic's energy security.

Russia rains down 100 missiles on Ukraine in largest ever attack on energy infrastructure

Dominic Culverwell in London November 15, 2022

Russia relentlessly launched 100 missiles at 11 Ukrainian regions on the afternoon of November 15, just days after the war-torn country celebrated the liberation of Kherson.

Moldova suffers electricity blackout after Russian missile strikes on Ukraine

bne IntelliNews November 15, 2022

Electricity supplies were cut off across much of Moldova after a power line that supplies the country was disconnected.

EU pledges €250mn as part of broader energy rescue scheme for Moldova

bne IntelliNews November 11, 2022

Chisinau estimates the energy crisis will cost Moldova around €1bn this year.

Transnistria accuses Moldova of creating “humanitarian crisis”

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 3, 2022

Starved of gas by Gazprom, Moldova and breakaway Transnistria are competing for scarce energy resources — raising tensions between Chisinau and the separatist authorities.

Transnistria threatens to cut off Moldova's electricity supplies

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 1, 2022

Moldova has failed to sign a contract with MoldGRES in separatist Transnistria, leaving the country short of power and facing blackouts.

Moldovan oligarch Plahotniuc announces political comeback

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest October 31, 2022

Plahotniuc's return coincides with anti-government rallies and a deterioration of public sentiment in Moldova, driven by economic hardship.

US blocks assets of Moldovan oligarchs and Russian agent

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest October 27, 2022

Fugitive politicians Vlad Plahotniuc and Ilan Shor among those sanctioned by the US.