I was born and raised in Moldova, at a time when it was still part of the Soviet Union. Today's Moldova is still to find its true identity. Based in Moldova until 2008, I worked as a journalist and later as a press officer for the national parliament. An Open Society scholarship has brought me to Maastricht (the Netherlands) where I have completed a MA “Analysing Europe”, and currently work at the European Journalism Centre. My thoughts travel daily to Moldova.
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Tensions increased during the night of April 26-27 in the Security Zone of the Republic of Moldova, as the Transnistrian authorities unilaterally installed two checkpoints between the village of Varniţa and the city of Bender. Diana Lungu reports.
On March 5, Moldova’s Parliament passed a no-confidence motion, dismissing the country's pro-European three-party coalition government led by Vlad Filat. Just a few weeks earlier, Moldova seemed to be the greatest hope on the European Union’s Eastern borders. Now, it is headed for a serious political crisis. Diana Lungu reports.
On June 12, Moldova’s parliament condemned the Soviet totalitarian communist regime and prohibited the use of the communist symbols, the hammer and sickle. Diana Lungu reports on the online reactions to this important yet belated decision.
On June 28, 1940, Moldova was overrun by the Soviet troops, after it had been given up by Romania. The Soviet Union quickly added it to its territory. Was it liberation or occupation? Diana Lungu reviews the opinions of Moldovan netizens.
After two and a half years of repeated failures to elect the head of state, the Moldovan politicians finally managed on March 16 to give the country its new president, Nicolae Timofti. But will this former judge become a true leader of the nation?
For the past two weeks Moldovans have been out in the streets, protesting. These protests, however, have received very little endorsement from Moldova's online community. Diana Lungu explains why.
Twenty years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the official language is still an issue of dispute in Moldova, where the Constitution calls it Moldovan, the educational system teaches Romanian, and the ethnic minorities insist on formalizing the Russian language as a second official language.
Moldova's bloggers have marked the country's 20th anniversary of independence with criticism and disillusionment rather than with enthusiasm, Diana Lungu reports.
An incident of violence against a Moldovan journalist has brought about active online discussions regarding the long-protracted animosities between the Moldovan majority and the small Russian minority in the country.
Moldova’s capital Chisinau is set to witness another democratic exercise on June 19, when the final round of the local election will decide whether the city will have a liberal or a communist mayor. A group of bloggers has launched an online campaign to mobilize young people to go out and vote.
The official diplomatic celebrations preceding Russia Day in Moldova have sparked controversies that verge on a diplomatic scandal. Diana Lungu reports on the details of the scandal and translates reactions of some of the Moldovan bloggers.
The official registration of the Islamic League early this spring in Moldova has led to negative reactions and protests from the local politicians, the Orthodox Christian clergy and the public. Diana Lungu translates some Moldovan bloggers' responses.