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Moldova: The Captured State on Europe’s Edge


08 March 2017Twenty-five years after independence, Moldova still suffers from corruption and institutional failure. Only the EU can hold the government coalition accountable for reform.

Cristina Gherasimov

Academy Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme

The Moldovan flag in Chisnau. Photo: Getty Images.

As far back as 2000, the World Bank had already categorized Moldova as ‘a captured state’. Parliamentary vote-buying, the sale of judicial decisions, mishandling of public funds and non-transparent party financing were frequent practices that highlighted the vulnerabilities of the democratic transition process in Moldova. Despite several nominally pro-European governments …read more

Source: Chatham House

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