Moldovan culture has been influenced by
influences from Romania, Turkey and Russia / Soviet
Union. The 15th century was a prominent period in the
field of construction, painting and crafts.
In the 16th century, monastery churches in the
northern part of the country were decorated with richly
Latest population statistics of Moldova, including religious profiles and major languages spoken as well as population growth rates in next three decades.
The older literature was essentially the same as
Romanian, but during the Soviet era (1944–1991) a
Moldavian literature emerged, which, however, did not
differ much in style from that of other Soviet
republics. The most famous name is Andrei Lupan
(1912–1992), who sometimes used satire as a means of
expression. The author Ion Druță (1928–) is known for
his depictions of popular everyday life.
Traditional folk music is still very much alive and
performed both in concert halls and in restaurants. A
typical folk musical instrument is a kind of xylophone
Russian court prosecutes Plahotniuc
Russia is prosecuting the recently departed Democratic Party leader Vladimir
Plahotniuc for drug trafficking. According to a spokesman for the Interior
Ministry, Plahotniuc is guilty of 28 cases of selling drugs in "large
The power struggle over - the coalition won
The Democratic Party gives up the fight for the Prime Minister's post and
announces that the party is in opposition. This happens since Moldova has had
two governments for one week (see June 8). The retreat is
followed by a swap at the party leader post when Vladimir Plahotniuc announces
that he will retire as party leader a few days later.
Moldova allowed Turkish security services to arrest countrymen
The European Court of Human Rights criticizes Moldova for the country in 2018
to allow Turkish security services to fetch Turkish nationals who were in the
country and who were identified as enemies of President Erdoğan. Five Turks, who
acted as teachers, were deported without legal basis, the court concedes and
concedes the damages concerned.
The decision to re-elect is canceled
President Dodon, who has now regained his powers, repeals the decree on
re-election in September that his rival Pavel Filip announced a few days before
(see June 8). Dodon believes that the decision is
unconstitutional even though it was taken with the Constitutional Court's good
The EU supports the new government
Five EU states - the UK, Germany, France, Poland and Sweden - support
Parliament's decision to approve the new coalition government (see June
8). Russia also welcomes the formation of the coalition and declares
itself ready to "work with it".
Moldova gets two rival governments
After months of fruitless government talks, the Socialist Party and Alliance
Now announce that they have agreed to form a coalition government. Parliament
approves the new government led by Maia Sandu of the Alliance Nu. The Prorussian
Socialist Party and the Prosperist Now stand far apart in many issues but have a
common interest in keeping the outgoing Democratic Party away from power. The
Democratic Party is led by controversial oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc. Sandu
says the task of the new government is to free Moldova from the influence of the
oligarchs. However, the coalition is formed a day too late in relation to the
time limit previously set by the Constitutional Court. The day before, the court
had asked President Dodon to dissolve Parliament and call for election.interim
president. Philip immediately dissolves Parliament and announces new elections
until September 6.
The Socialist Party winner in the election
The Socialist Party becomes the largest party in the parliamentary elections.
The party is progressing strongly compared to the last election, winning just
over 31 percent of the vote. The newly formed Pro-Western Alliance Nu (Acum)
comes in second with nearly 27 percent of the vote, while the ruling Democratic
Party wins a little more than 23 percent. The new electoral system (see
Political system) gives the Democratic Party more seats than Now. The Socialist
Party wins 34 seats, the Democratic Party 30 and Now 26. The corruption-accused
businessman Ilan Şor's party gets just over 8 percent and 7 seats. Both sides
accuse opponents of cheating. Organization OSCEwho monitored the election gives
the process largely approved but points out some shortcomings, including
pressure on government employees, vote buying and political actors' control over
the media. The turnout was historically low - just over 49 percent. In an
advisory referendum held at the same time as the parliamentary elections, a
majority voted to reduce the number of seats in Parliament from 101 to 61.
The opposition calls for poisoning
The two leaders of the new pro-Western opposition alliance Nu (Acum; see
Political system) accuse the authorities of trying to poison them. Maia Sandu
and Andrei Năstase say doctors measured levels of tuna in their blood. According
to Năstase, authorities want to see him and Sandu killed. The charges are
dismissed by a spokesman for the ruling Democratic Party.
Protest against restricted voting rights
Supporters of the newly formed pro-Western party alliance Now (Acum; see
Political system) demonstrate outside the Electoral Commission's office in the
capital. The protesters demand that the Commission allow Moldaver abroad to vote
in the February 24 parliamentary elections. At the end of January, the
Constitutional Court ruled that moldavers who lack valid passports must not
vote. One of the leaders of Nu, Maia Sandu, says that the ban violates the
section of the Constitution that says that all citizens of Moldova have the
right to vote. Sandu has its reasons for safeguarding the votes abroad. When she
stood against President Dodon in the 2016 presidential election, she won
three-quarters of all foreign votes, the BBC writes.
The president gets a ban on meetings
The Election Commission warns President Dodon of meddling in the ongoing
election campaign ahead of the February 24 presidential election and forbids him
from conducting meetings with both the country's own citizens and foreigners.
Dodon appeals against the decision, saying he will continue to talk to the
Moldavans about their problems.
The Socialist Party is leading the election
Just over a month and a half before the February 24 elections, opinion polls
give the Socialist Party nearly 29 percent of the vote, while the ruling
Democratic party gets just under 17 percent. Thus, the Socialist Party has
increased its support compared to the 2014 election, while the Democratic Party
has declined. Two other parties, Yes - Platform for Dignity and Truth, and the
Action and Solidarity Party also pass the bar to Parliament, but most of the
country's over 40 registered parties do not.