Sunday 27 February 2005
February 25, 2005
Eastern Europe: Democracy Activists Cite Bush's Support For Their Efforts
Bush addresses the crowd during his speech in Bratislava on 24 February Democracy activists from 13 countries in Eastern Europe who gathered in Bratislava this week for a conference on the sidelines of the U.S.-Russian summit say they welcome U.S. President George W. Bush's support for their efforts. A select group of these activists had the opportunity to meet Bush in person and say they were impressed by the U.S. president's commitment to spreading the cause of freedom.
February 20, 2005
Moldovan Authorities Accuse Russians Of Spying
20 February 2005 -- Moldova's secret service said today that Moldovan police have detained or expelled 21 Russians in the month of February, suggesting that Russian nationals were being dispatched to spy on senior politicians ahead of Moldovan elections.
February 19, 2005
Romania: President Seeks Participation In Transdniester Talks, Multinational Black Sea Task Force
Prague, 19 February 2005 -- Romanian President Traian Basescu, in a wide-ranging interview with RFE/RL, has called for his country's participation in negotiations to settle Moldova's dispute with separatists in Transdniester and for the creation of a regional task force to monitor criminal activities in the Black Sea basin. Basescu also spoke about relations with Russia and Moldova as well as outstanding issues with Ukraine. The president reiterated his determination to fight widespread corruption in Romania and called for the total opening of Romania's dreaded Securitate files -- an issue that still divides Romanian society 15 years after the fall of communism.
February 10, 2005
Interview: RFE/RL Talks To Moldovan Opposition
Following Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin's interview with RFE/RL on 8 February --> /featuresarticle/2005/2/E806C5A9-F031-4688-9332-875806C4ABDD.html , RFE/RL's Romania-Moldova Service interviewed members of the Moldovan opposition for their response to the interview. Though Voronin primarily discussed Moldova's foreign policy, this is a major issue in Moldova's upcoming parliamentary elections set for 6 March.
February 08, 2005
Moldova: President Calls For Western, Romanian Involvement In Transdniester
Prague, 8 February 2005 -- In a wide-ranging interview, Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin talked to RFE/RL today about the current status of the Transdniester dispute; the influence of Ukraine's Orange Revolution on Moldova's foreign policy; relations with Russia; and the upcoming Moldovan general election.
February 03, 2005
Analysis: Moldovan Government Issues Factually Correct Exaggeration
A one-page statement issued by the Moldovan government on 1 February warned international organizations, foreign governments, as well as Moldovan and Transdniestrian audiences that the separatist authorities in Tiraspol have launched a drive aimed at destabilizing the situation along the cease-fire lines dividing the belligerent sides since the 1993 armistice. While the statement is based on fact, it is also aimed at mobilizing support for the ruling Party of Moldovan Communists (PCM) ahead of the 6 March parliamentary elections. It may therefore be described as a factually correct exaggeration.
February 02, 2005
Eastern Europe: 'Decade Of Roma Inclusion' Starts In Sofia
Prime ministers from eight Central and Eastern European countries meet today in Sofia to start the most ambitious international program ever to attack the illiteracy, discrimination and exclusion that affect Roma, Europe's largest minority. The meeting is the symbolic launch of what is being called the "Decade of Roma Inclusion." The participants in Sofia expect to adopt a declaration committing to plans to reduce Romany segregation in schools and housing, and to improve their health care, reduce illiteracy, and fight discrimination.
December 15, 2004
Romania: President-Elect Calls For Closer Relations With Eastern Neighbors
President-elect Basescu (file photo) Romanian President-elect Traian Basescu has outlined his foreign policy goals following his upset victory in a runoff election on 12 December. Basescu strongly endorsed Romania's partnership with the United States and Britain. He also said he wants stronger ties with Moldova and increased regional cooperation, including with Ukraine, Russia, and the Caucasus. Basescu said his top priority remains Romania's membership in the European Union. But he has stirred controversy by suggesting that he might call for reopening EU entry negotiations on some issues.