As Ukraine’s relations with the European Union remain frosty, its smaller neighbour Moldova is taking the limelight.
The country of 3.6 million people is one of the poorest in Europe, with average monthly salaries of $300. Its breakaway region Transnistria, which borders Ukraine, remains unrecognized by any country. Corruption and a politically manipulated judiciary remain problems.
But, in many ways, Moldova is a leader in democratic progress among post-Soviet countries outside of the EU.
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(Photo: Gates of the City, Chisinau, Moldova: Mirek237)