President Dodon's visit to Brussels-Contemplating economic suicide

Michael Emerson, Denis Cenușa
2017 CEPS ▪ Place du Congrès 1 ▪ B-1000 Brussels ▪ Tel   unpublished
CEPS Policy Insights offer analyses of a wide range of key policy questions facing Europe. As an institution, CEPS takes no position on questions of European policy. Unless otherwise indicated, the views expressed are attributable only to the authors in a personal capacity and not to any institution with which they are associated. 978-94-6138-580-2 Available for free downloading from the CEPS website ( The newly elected President of Moldova, Igor Dodon, makes his first visit
more » ... first visit Brussels on February 7th, following his first visit to Moscow in January, where he announced his wish to repeal his country's Association Agreement with the EU and to join the Eurasian Economic Union instead. While this cannot happen until and unless the parliamentary elections in 2018 return a parliamentary majority supporting his Socialist party, his statement has already inflicted damage by creating strategic uncertainty over Moldova's European orientation. Dodon's argument seems to ignore the huge restructuring of Moldovan trade towards Europe and away from Russia that has taken place over the last decade. To try to set the clock back would be a disastrous move-effectively committing economic suicide for Moldova.