As the European Union continues to spiral towards an all-out
disaster due to significant economic problems, the migrant crisis,
cultural decay, and an overall loss of purpose, countries like Moldova
and Bulgaria, which were once blinded by the false promises of the
European dream, are beginning to shift course back towards the only
nation in Europe today that is experiencing a remarkable renaissance – yes, Russia.
|Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Moldavan Prime Minister
In the second round of presidential elections, both of which took
place on Sunday, November 13 – the pro-Russian candidates Igor Dodon of
Moldova and Rumen Radev of Bulgaria have come out victorious over their
A pro-Russian candidate for president of Moldova has won
the race, preliminary results showed on Sunday, following a campaign in
which he vowed to slam the brakes on seven years of closer integration
with the European Union.
With 98 percent of votes counted, online results showed Socialist
candidate Igor Dodon had won 54 percent, and his pro-European
challenger, Maia Sandu, had just under 45 percent. Dodon’s win is in
part a reflection of a loss of trust in pro-European leaders in the
ex-Soviet state of 3.5 million.
In another potential blow to the European Union brand, Bulgaria –
which also held a presidential vote on Sunday – elected a pro-Russian
candidate by a large margin, according to exit polls.
Since joining the European Union in 2007, Bulgaria has been plagued
by the same corruption, political turbulence, and stalled economy that
it had hoped to escape. Bulgarian politicians and citizens once viewed
membership in the EU as the end of a long march to modernity.
“This is a day of historical justice, because Bulgarians have always been Europeans in spirit and identity,” the Bulgarian president told a crowd gathered on the day of their E.U. ascension.
Instead of prosperity, however, European Union membership has led to a
steady flow of young people out of Bulgaria. Many take low-paying
service jobs in other countries. College-educated Bulgarians flee for
advanced sectors in countries like Germany and Sweden. The European
Union’s own economic outlook for Bulgaria has been dismal, with
out-migration playing a role in declining tax revenues.
As for Moldova, its Association Agreement with the EU signed back in
2014 has done more damage than good for the national economy. Moldovan
export goods, which include foodstuffs, textiles, and machinery, have
not been given fair access to the EU markets. Meanwhile, European
products have flooded the country, pushing domestic businesses towards
Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, agriculture and
industry in Moldova has been under steady decline, making up only 37%
of GDP in 2015. In comparison, this figure was at 76% back in 1989.
Countries of the former USSR, including Russia and Belarus, both of
which are part of the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) formed
in 2015, are still among Moldova’s top export partners today.
Experts believe that by forging closer ties with the EAEU and its
five member states – Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia
– both Moldova and Bulgaria could see a significant boost to their
economies. Why? Simply because all of these nations share a common
(Soviet) industrial architecture that once formed a
single production and supply chain with uniform rules and regulations.
A reconstruction of this chain with a modern outlook and innovative
approach has the potential to significantly increase production and
output in each of these counties, providing their economies with
the necessary liquidity and investments to not only develop internally,
but also successfully compete on the international markets.
Ultimately, neither Moldova nor Bulgaria have anything to lose from
parting ways with the EU and trying something different. Today, Bulgaria
is number nine on the list of top ten poorest countries in Europe. Moldova is first, followed by its neighbor – Ukraine.
Source: Global Research