Moldova and Romania have long toyed with the idea of (re)unification. The two countries, which were a single entity until Russia annexed present-day Moldova in 1812 (and then again in 1940), have much in common in the way of language, culture, and history. Both countries are predominantly Romanian speaking, have populations that are closely-related ethnically, and are successors to the premodern Romanian states.
However, while post-1989 Romania has entered the path of dynamic economic development, as a Member State of the European Union (with GDP per capita at $22,300, PPP in 2016), post-1991 Moldova lags behind as Europe’s poorest country …read more
Source: Emerging Europe