Renowned 'Unionist' Mihai Ghimpu stated yesterday in an interview with a Russian publication that "Moldova will never unite with Romania"
In response to this statement I was expecting songs of adulation from the Moldovenist left. Where was Grigore Petrenco, who should have praised Ghimpu for being the greatest 'Statalist' of our time? How come we didn't hear from Vladimir Turcan, who I thought would be commenting on 'Ghimpu's gift for bringing people together'? Where was Marian Lupu and his comment on how wonderful it was that 'Ghimpu was ending Moldova's political war'?
Nothing. Nada. Zip. Silence
The truth is, with this one statement, Ghimpu has almost completely disarmed his opponents. Unionism was really the only tangible thing they could hold against him, and that just went up in a puff of smoke.
NB: For those who are getting worried that Ghimpu has 'lost the plot', I believe his statement does not reflect any change in his own beliefs on the identity question. It's really just a recognition that the internal situations of Moldova and Romania, as well as the geopolitical landscape, make reunification virtually impossible at the current time.