Germany's Ambassador to Chisinau, Angela Ganninger, says that since she has been in the Republic of Moldova she managed to visit a number of regions in the country. Also, several of her German friends visited the country and enjoyed the Moldovan hospitality and the beautiful places. But what saddens her, says the ambassador, is that many Moldovan citizens are leaving their country and choosing to find their destiny abroad.
"Of course, one can imagine that people want to have a free and prosperous life. But there is a need for talent recruitment here in the country. Also these people will need future prospects and living conditions to be ensured," said Angela Ganninger in a video interview for IPN.
The ambassador mentioned that the Germans do not know much about Moldovans or about the Republic of Moldova. And this is due to the fact that many Moldovans live in Germany with a Romanian passport, and people cannot distinguish between Moldovans and Romanians. "I am glad when German citizens come here, as tourists or in another context, because then they can get to know your country in a positive way. I know your hospitality, customs, traditions, the good wine you have. And they come back with a very positive image and impression about your country,” says Angela Ganninger.
According to her, there are few Germans established in the Republic of Moldova. Those who settle here try to learn one of the languages used on the national territory. For many of them, things have a practical side and also it depends on their previous language skills. The oldest ones and those coming from eastern Germany, learned Russian at school. They can start from this knowledge and develop it, brush it up here. "I think there is a practical reason - you can develop something on an already existing linguistic foundation. Romanian is less learned in Germany. I, on my part, try to learn Romanian since I am here and I need some time, unfortunately I do not have much time, but I can understand it quite well. It's harder to speak it, though”, said the German ambassador.
In other news, Angela Ganninger has said that each country has its own history and political culture. For example, in Germany, political coalitions are something that every politician gets to know very early, from the processes of coordinating political ideas. "There are things that pertain to our political culture. Our institutions are stronger and less politicized, and citizens generally have more confidence in the justice system. The framework conditions are different than in the Republic of Moldova, if we refer to politicians. I think that, in general, in my country the desire to solve a problem is a primary goal. Whereas here in the past, politicians facilitated certain dubious deals and I refer to the banking fraud, which is difficult for the country”, stated the ambassador.
As for the nostalgia about the past, manifested both in Moldova and in certain regions of Germany, the ambassador believes that it can exist everywhere. "It depends on the pace of the changes which are reflected in any area of life today. In Germany there were many such cases in 1989-90, but also throughout Eastern Europe, in the Soviet Union that fell apart. In her opinion, not all people can face such changes - some manage to adapt well, take advantage of new opportunities, the new order - others need a little more time to adjust to the new situation,” she said.
"I think governments need to react to this, progress will be made, new times will come. These things are obvious. And it is not true that things were better before when you come to think of it. Politicians need to give all those individuals new opportunities. We need to better explain to people the new policy so as to integrate and co-opt everyone into these new processes,” said Angela Ganninger.
The video-interview given to the IPN Press Agency by the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of Moldova Angela Ganninger is part of "Relations of the Republic of Moldova with development partners" cycle supported by Hans Seiddel German Foundation.