Jul 30, 2009
According to the New York Times, Moldova’s pro-Western opposition parties have unseated Europe’s last ruling Communist Party in repeat parliamentary elections "that have become a test of whether the impoverished former Soviet republic aligns with the European Union or Moscow." My guess is the woman pictured above had nothing to do with said unseating. Anyway, the elections came almost four months after a victory by the Communist Party in a parliamentary election last April set off riots by young people "desperate for an end to political and economic stagnation"...and for televisions, computers, and furniture that could be looted from government buildings.
1. Riots work
2. Apparently, by choosing to not vote for communists, Moldova's choosing not to align with Russia, even though Russia isn't run by communists.
Lessons to be learned:
1. The EU is not going to ride in on a white horse and drag your country out of poverty, Moldova. Go ask Romania and Bulgaria.