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On November 15, Maia Sandu won the second round of the presidential elections with 57.75% of the vote and she became the first female president in the history of Moldova. In the second round she defeated the incumbent president, Igor Dodon, who in the last year seemed to have all the cards in hand to maintain his rule for the years to come. In this episode we catch up with Gina Lentine, a Senior Program Officer Freedom House, to get her reflections. We discuss what happened during the electoral campaign, what the prospects are for Moldova and what is the future of Dodon himself.


Moldovans elected an anti-corruption president, avoiding a “colour revolution”, by Denis Cenusa. New Eastern Europe, 18 November 2020: https://neweasterneurope.eu/2020/11/18/moldovans-elected-an-anti-corruption-president-avoiding-a-colour-revolution/

In Church we trust. The case of the Moldovan Orthodox Church, Anastasia Pociumban. New Eastern Europe issue 5/2020: https://neweasterneurope.eu/2020/09/07/in-church-we-trust-the-case-of-the-moldovan-orthodox-church/

Talk Eastern Europe Episode 36: Complicated neighbours. Romania-Moldova relations in the spotlight - https://www.spreaker.com/user/talkeasterneurope/tee-36 (8 May 2020)

Talk Eastern Europe Episode 19: Strange Bedfellows in Moldova: https://www.spreaker.com/user/talkeasterneurope/tee-ep-19-final (17 September 2019)

Additional music in the podcast:

Epic Trap Dubstep Intro by Sascha Ende
Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/502-epic-trap-dubstep-intro
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Talk Eastern Europe is produced by Maciej Makulski and Adam Reichardt. The podcast is affiliated with New Eastern Europe. Published by the Jan Nowak-Jezioranski College of Eastern Europe in Wroclaw. Additional funding for this episode came from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of the “Public Diplomacy 2020 – New dimension” grant programme.

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