Sunday, July 25, 2010

Merkeltov - Ribvedev

Angela Merkel's grand bargain offered to Russia seemed a little too good to be true when it first came out into the open, and so initially I refrained from commenting on it. It seems to be more than just the figment of a journalist's imagination, however, so merits a closer look.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Kosovo Decision

The International Court of Justice's ruling that the Kosovan declaration of independence was 'not illegal under international law' has surely given a big boost to separatist movements the world over.  The decision is likely to accelerate the splintering of countries that began with the fall of the Soviet Union 20 years ago.  It will lead to new wars of independence, with the death and suffering that invariably accompanies them.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Moldovans are Coming!

Over the last week stories have been popping up in several European newspapers regarding Romania's policy of awarding citizenship to those who were stripped of it by occupation in 1940.  I have seen stories in the Ukrainian, British, German and Italian press on this subject, and there may be others.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Sun Rises in the East

It's a well-known fact that Moldova is polarised into two camps.  One looks west, towards the European Union, while the other looks north-east towards Russia.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Russia unhinged

Russia seems to have entered a frenzied rage in response to the 'Soviet Occupation' decree of Interim President Mihai Ghimpu.