Moldova in the EU's Eastern Partnership: Lessons of a Decade

Author
Martin Sieg
Content Type
Commentary and Analysis
Institution
German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
Abstract
In Moldova, the weakness of the Eastern Partnership has been over-reliance on incentives, rather than a lack thereof. Veto players who hid their true interests by claiming allegiance to the European cause hijacked the EU’s soft power. The EaP’s shortcoming was lack of means and readiness to make these key opponents of political reforms keep their commitments. Its core challenge is how to overcome the resistance of these veto players who have been obstructing transformational goals.
Topic
Politics, Reform, European Union, Partnerships, Oligarchy
Political Geography
Russia, Eurasia, Moldova, Eastern Europe