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IDM Policy Paper Series

The IDM Policy Paper Series (IDM PPS) regularly addresses current political issues with a focus on the Danube region, Central and Southeastern Europe. Renowned authors develop policy solutions (PS) that are aimed at decision-makers, experts, journalists and the interested public. The aim of these is to describe a problem and to point out concrete solutions with a maximum of 12,000 characters. Finally, further information can be provided for in-depth study (PPS). The editorial team selects the topics and determines the authors. Although the contents are edited for clarity, the policy solutions reflect only the opinion of the authors. The IDM PPS is available open-access and barrier-free.

IDM Policy Paper Series 3/2020

IDM Policy Paper Series 3/2020

Beyond East and West: A New Direction for Moldova?

Sebastian Schäffer / Federica Mangiameli   

On Sunday, the 15 November 2020, Maia Sandu was elected as the new president of the Republic of Moldova. The 48-year-old politician obtained almost 58% of the total votes in the run-off with the former president Igor Dodon and, even without the support from the diaspora, she will start her mandate on 24 December 2020. It was an overwhelming victory and a strong signal towards checks and balances and against corruption and nepotism. This result might represent a clear turning point for Moldova which has a concrete possibility to move ahead and build a more stable and prosperous future. Furthermore, it confirms the desire of Moldovan people to strengthen their relations to the European Union and it might even have a positive impact for the dynamics of the region. 

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