Moldova was mentioned in a positive light in the government agreement of Germany that was signed on December 7, alongside such countries as Ukraine and Georgia, and this way Germany recognizes Moldova’s efforts to come close to the European Union. It was reiterated the importance of reforms in the rule of law sector and the market economy in the Republic of Moldova and this is also a positive signal, political scientist, researcher at the Institute of Political Science at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, stated in a public debate hosted by IPN.
“Now it is no longer forbidden to include Moldova or Georgia, which are much smaller and insignificant, compared with Germany’s economy. Yes, we speak about states that face problems related to their territorial integrity where the Russian factor is extremely influential and destructive. But Germany until now has never attached so great importance to these two countries and this shows once again that Germany is prepared to take seriously the approaches and aspirations of the two states and also of Ukraine. At the same time, Germany does not take into account the Associated Trio and the three countries’ attempt to forge common synergy for implementing their joint agenda as regards the coming closer to the EU and this is neither good nor bad for the Republic of Moldova,” stated Dionis Cenușa, noting Germany takes into consideration the position of the EU, which does not want to fragment the EaP as a multilateral dimension for accelerating the European integration in its Eastern neighborhood, and does not want to adopt a separate position.
According to the scientist, this is very important as Germany wants to be more pro-European in its foreign policy, which has also a positive impact on the Republic of Moldova, which always can make reference to the coalition agreement signed by three parties in Germany on December 7. The given document should be used by Moldova as an argument for asking not only for statements, but also for action on the part of the new government of Germany, including for solving frozen conflicts.
The researcher considers the Western principles not always can be applied in Moldova as the realities here are different from those in the West. That’s why the national particularities should always be taken into account. “However, I consider many of the mistakes made by the current government in the Republic of Moldova could have been avoided – transparency in the decision-making process, non-politicization of institutions and so on. The party that came to power in the Republic of Moldova has exactly the same qualities as those who see in the West – party with integrity that is transparent from financial viewpoint,” stated Dionis Cenușa, noting a lot of things can be now done in Moldova as PAS it is probably the most honest party in the history of Moldova as an independent state. “That’s why the European principles, the principles applied in Germany should be considered more by the government in Moldova”.
The public debate titled “Germany has a new government: Impact on situation in the Eastern Partnership and in Moldova” is the 218th installment of the series “Developing Political Culture through Public Debates”. IPN’s project is supported by the Hanns Seidel Foundation.