Publication: “Moldova’s Europeanization and interethnic cohesion – a delicate balancing act” by Stanislav Ghiletchi and Sarah Pagung

How is ethnic fragmen­tation in Moldova reflected in politics and what are the conse­quences? This question is discussed by Stanislav Ghiletchi, analyst at our Berlin Policy Hub partner organ­i­sation, the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE), Chişinău, and Sarah Pagung, Programme Officer at the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia of the German Council on Foreign relations (DGAP), Berlin, in their jointly published policy paper “Moldova’s Europeanization and interethnic cohesion – a delicate balancing act”.

In their analysis Stanislav Ghiletchi and Sarah Pagung reach the conclusion that ethnic fragmen­tation in Moldova is polit­i­cally exploited, which hampers Moldova’s democ­ratic devel­opment. It is therefore one of the main obstacles for the country’s further Europeani­sation. According to the authors, the EU should play a more active role in mediating between the different ethnic groups and foster minority integration and social cohesion in the Republic of Moldova.

The paper is published in the framework of our Berlin Policy Hub Project which is funded by the Open Society Founda­tions and aims at connecting researchers from Eastern Partnership countries and Germany.


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