BERLIN/CHISINAU | | moldawien

BERLIN/CHISINAU (Own report) - In Southeast Europe, Berlin and the EU are facing a setback in their power struggle with Russia. The Republic of Moldova, once the EU's "model for Eastern Partnerships" - that has been officially associated with the EU since July 1, 2016 - is slowly fading away from Berlin and Brussels' influence. Once pro-Russian President Igor Dodon assumed office, in December 2016, the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) granted observer status to this small southeastern European country. According to recent polls, Dodon's pro-Russian party could expect a clear majority in next year's parliamentary elections. The perspective of a comprehensive rejection of the EU and full admission to the EAEU would no longer be ruled out. This development is the result of Berlin and Brussels' having relied on despised oligarchs, to insure their influence in the Moldovan Republic. One of these, currently in control of the government, seeks to maintain power by changing the voting laws. more…

BERLIN/CHISINAU | | moldawien

BERLIN/CHISINAU (Own report) - In its struggle against Russia for influence, Berlin has just suffered a severe setback with the results of Moldova's presidential runoff elections last Sunday. Official German representatives were relying on the liberal conservative candidate Maia Sandu to win the elections in the Republic of Moldova, located between Romania and Ukraine, with its population of 3.5 million. Sandu sought to maintain the country's pro-EU orientation. However, the Socialist Igor Dodon won the elections. He not only has recognized Crimea's joining the Russian Federation, he also wants to terminate Moldova's EU association. Dodon's victory is another sign that Germany and the EU are loosing influence in that country. Most recently, proponents of the country's neutrality formed the government and began putting a distance between their country and NATO. Now even closer ties between the Republic of Moldova and the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union seem conceivable. more…

KIEV/TALLINN/CHISINAU/BERLIN | | estlandmoldawien

KIEV/TALLINN/CHISINAU/BERLIN (Own report) - NATO is increasing its pressure on Moscow by organizing bellicose provocations at Russia's north-western border and announcing further training programs for the Ukrainian military forces. A few days ago, about 100 NATO soldiers participated in a military parade on the Estonian Independence Day, marching in full combat gear, just a few meters from a Russian border checkpoint. Estonia provides one of the NATO's "spearhead" rapid response force bases, currently being developed under German leadership. It should soon be ready for deployment against Russia. At the same time, Great Britain has announced, it will join the USA in training Ukrainian military forces. The discussion of arms deliveries continues. NATO is now also taking an aggressive posture toward Moldova. "Russia could target Moldova," the media affirms, quoting NATO's Supreme Commander, Gen. Philip Breedlove. These unsubstantiated allegations are good examples of the western war alliance's reaction to its waning influence. Disapproval of the EU and sympathy toward Russia have recently been growing within the Moldovan population. more…

BERLIN/CHISINAU | | moldawien

BERLIN/CHISINAU (Own report) - Western diplomats are not ruling out the possibility that the Republic of Moldova will be divided up between Russia and Romania now that the EU Association Agreement has been ratified. Along the lines of various scenarios, this breakup even seems "probable," according to the latest issue of the leading German foreign policy magazine, "Internationale Politik." The EU Association Agreement will, in fact, exacerbate the already existing social discord in Moldova. There is open resistance to the country joining the German-European sphere of hegemony. Whereas, on the one hand, Bucharest has granted Romanian citizenship to around 400,000 Moldovan citizens and considers the absorption of Moldova into Romania to be a realistic option, Western observers are accusing Russia of having created Moldovan NGOs to gain political influence in that country. This is a precise description of that the West considers a completely normal political method, when it is used by the West, but criticizes even a suspicion of its rivals doing the same. more…

BERLIN/BRUSSELS | | georgienmoldawien

BERLIN/BRUSSELS (Own report) - At its summit, starting today, the EU is pushing ahead to integrate non-member countries into its global foreign and military policies. With the Association Agreements due to be signed at the summit, Georgia, Moldavia and Ukraine will have to gradually adapt themselves to the EU's foreign and military policy. The association aims at enhancing the three countries' participation "in EU-led civilian and military crisis management operations as well as relevant exercises and training activities." Ukraine is already contributing soldiers to EU battle groups, while Georgia has contributed 140 soldiers to the EU's Central African Republic intervention force. With its "Framework Participation Agreements" (FPA), the EU, for years, has been engaging numerous non-member countries - including Canada, Chile and South Korea - in its global policy operations. Resembling NATO's "Partnership for Peace," the FPA has not only the objective of attracting additional troops, but also of enhancing global acceptance of EU's operations. However, as an EU think tank openly admits, Brussels requires a certain "degree of subordination," from its cooperation partners. more…

BERLIN/TIRASPOL/MOSCOW | | moldawienrussische-foederation

BERLIN/TIRASPOL/MOSCOW (Own report) - The German government has initiated a new test run for a German - Russian cooperation that bypasses the USA. The laboratory for this experiment is Transnistria, a southeast European secessionist region that broke off from Moldova in the early 1990s, during the collapse of the Soviet Union and claims independence, even though it has not been internationally recognized. Russian troops are still stationed in Transnistria, which, because of its pro-Moscow orientation, is considered a Russian outpost in southeast Europe. The German government has initiated a fundamental change of course in the Transnistrian conflict. To weaken Russia, it had previously taken Moldova's side in the secession conflict demanding the complete reintegration of Transnistria. Now it is beginning to adopt Transnistria's position as its own. Critics point out that this Transnistrian standpoint corresponds to that of the Russians and strengthens the Russian position in southeast Europe. Berlin and Moscow consider this a test run for a joint EU-Russian "security structure" - bypassing the USA. more…