The politicians communicate with community inappropriately and its seems that they shoot slogans at each other for their own advantage. Their message is not for the people, while the transmitted pro-European message is often intricate and the ordinary people cannot grasp it, said Mark Mazureanu, specialist in civil society, compared policies and international relations. “The politicians often do not transmit the message correctly, not to mention the practices to transmit false or distorted messages. The ordinate people are misled, but they don’t have time to look for information in different sources. Those who create an abundance of messages win against the high-quality messages. The question is how can we do so that the high-quality message is abundant and is caught by the people?” Mark Mazureanu stated in a public debate at IPN.
As to how the population perceives the information and how it sets the political priorities, Mark Mazureanu said the human entity should be analyzed as a player in the political process through the agency of three parameters – reasonable argument that dictates the priority, the cultural values that resist in time and the social aspect or the crowd effect or pressure existing around. When the critical mass in favor of an idea in a community increases, this mass usually influences the rest of the community.
According to him, in the theory of international relations and compared policies, there is the rule of the pendulum. Under this, if a person knows particular information, this is spread, as the power and the state do. When there is a state with a maximum capacity, its capacity to project a particular power spreads to the countries around. That’s why Russia has effects on the states situated near it, while the EU influences the states located near it. Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine receive permanent support from the EU, the U.S. and support each other. As long as they wok in concert, Russia cannot divide them and harass each of them separately. When they work together, they create a kind of central idea in which the people start to believe.
As to the factors that influence the pro-European attitude of the Moldovans, Mark Mazureanu said a major share is yet attributed to the Soviet Union out of inertia. The generation of the Soviet Union no longer exists, while the new generations do not know the Soviet Union and the young people do not share the Soviet values.
He noted that the influence of the civil society organizations on the pro-European views of society is important and beneficial and the contribution made by the SCOs to the ecological progress is a pertinent example. “Compared with the 1990s, when the periphery of the capital city was full of waste, the ecologist movement helped remedy the situation without much fuss. Owing to civil society, you do not see cigarette butts and other litter around. The ecological education was performed by small groups of civil society. Civil society has beneficial influence even if it is not as visible as a politician seen often on TV,” concluded Mark Mazureanu.
The public debate “Society’s attitude to the EU: objective reasons and political and geopolitical manipulations. Situation in Moldova against situation in Ukraine and Georgia” is the 185th installment of IPN’s project “Developing Political Culture through Public Debates” that is supported by the Hanns Seidel Foundation.