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Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti (file photo)

President Timofti: Moldovans Have 'European Aspirations'

Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti has said the country's 4 million citizens would prefer to join the European Union rather than stay in the Russian orbit. More

Russia: EU Missed Chance To Narrow Split

Russia says the two-day EU Eastern Partnership summit in Riga has lost "another opportunity to make a step toward bridging a widening gap on the continent." More

Video Disagreements Shadow EU Summit

Participants at the EU's Eastern Partnership summit have agreed on a final document affirming the bloc's relations with six neighboring countries in spite of sharp differences on key issues. More

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian meet in Riga on 21 May.

EU Partnership Summit Gathers

The European Union on May 21 reassured its six Eastern European partners that the 28-nation bloc "is as committed as ever" to building closer reations with them. More

Riga Text Change Could Buoy EU Partners

A last-minute amendment to a draft text by EU members and six of their eastern neighbors gathering for a summit in Riga could spell good news for Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. More

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Features & Commentary

News Analysis: EU Eastern Partnership Summit Exposes Fault Line Between Members

The EU Eastern Partnership summit in Riga has revealed a new split in Europe that divides the European Union's six "eastern partners" themselves.
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For Victory Day, Post-Soviets Show Their Colors -- Just Not Orange And Black

Red, purple, pink, blue-and-gold. Many people in post-Soviet countries are choosing any color, it seems, for their Victory Day symbols -- just not the orange-and-black of Russia's St. George ribbon.
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Moldova's Mysterious Magnate

Who exactly is Ilan Shor, the 28-year-old millionaire who may be behind Moldova's "heist of the century"?
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Secret Audit Report Links Missing $1 Billion To Moldovan Businessman

Moldova's parliament speaker has released a confidential consultant report into the disappearance of nearly $1 billion from three Moldovan banks in November 2014. The report traces an elaborate plan to stealthily take control of the three banks by purchasing dozens of small, seemingly unconnected stakes -- culminating in an orgy of lending over three days.
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Moldova's Missing Millions: Massive Bank Scandal Roils Chisinau

One-fifth of Moldova's GDP vanished in a matter of days late last year in one of the biggest banking scandals per capita in history. The central bank is now on the hook for around $1 billion, threatening to drag down both the economy and pro-Western attitudes.
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'Brussels Was ... Asleep': Bildt Assesses EU's Mistakes Regarding Russia

In an interview with RFE/RL in Brussels, former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt talks frankly about the mistakes made by the European Union with regard to Russia, what he thinks the Russian president's next moves are likely to be, and why the bloc needs to engage more deeply with Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia. Bildt spoke on March 22 with RFE/RL's Rikard Jozwiak on the sidelines of a Brussels Forum held by the German Marshall Fund.
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Moldova's Creaking Political System Could Be A Gift For Moscow

After two months of bruising political wrangling, Moldova has installed a pro-Western minority government that is dependent on the support of the unpredictable Communist Party. But this makeshift resolution could end up derailing Chisinau's course toward Europe.
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Ghosts Of Sochi: Hundreds Killed In Olympic Construction

Hundreds of unresolved construction-worker deaths at the Sochi Winter Olympics still haunt Russia, as it begins massive building projects for the 2018 soccer World Cup.
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Russia's Neighbors Scramble To Cope With Ruble's Tribulations

As the value of the Russian ruble declines, citizens of neighboring former Soviet countries are finding out how deeply entwined their economies remain. Countries dependent on trade with Russia or remittances from citizens working in the giant neighbor are bracing for hard times.
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Video Migrants Take Hit From Ruble's Freefall

The crash of the ruble has meant lost income and opportunity for the millions of labor migrants who depend on Russia for their livelihoods.
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