GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL WILL OFFER MOLDOVA A FEDERALIZATION OF GERMAN TYPE - THE VOICE OF RUSSIA15.08.2012
Most likely, the German “iron lady” will offer Moldova a federalization of German type. This means offering some kind of a constitutional reform that would make Transnistria, a small breakaway enclave that until 1939 had been a part of Soviet Ukraine and has a predominantly Russian and Ukrainian population, to become a sort of “Land” inside federative Moldova, analysts of “The Voice of Russia” radio station have said.
“The plan is expected to fail by most of the analysts, like 90 percent of the EU’s plans for the European Union’s “eastern neighbors.” The reasons for the future failure are the same as for the past ones: simplistic transfer of a West European model to a post-Soviet state and Russophobia. That was the case in Ukraine in 2004-2009, now it is going to be the case in Moldova,” says The Voice of Russia.
“How do these general mistakes express themselves in the Moldovan situation? First, federalization is hardly possible in Moldova, which is badly split between a drive to merge with Rumania (a solution advocated by the Rumanian-speaking ruling coalition in Kishinev) and stubborn resistance to it of several non-Rumanian speaking minorities (Russians, Ukrainians, Turkic-speaking Gagauzes). Second, Merkel’s plan for Moldova, just like the majority of plans with Western origin, is aimed at sidelining Russia and views Moscow, in general, as a negative influence,” according to The Voice of Russia.