Forty-seven heads of state and government are meeting at Mimi Castle, a wine estate southeast of the Moldovan capital, Chisinau, for what promises to be an exciting day for the second poorest country in Europe and one of the most recent to receive EU candidate status.
The second European Political Community (EPC) summit since its founding last year poses one of the largest logistical challenges that Moldova, a small nation wedged between Romania and Ukraine, has ever encountered.
All the political problems that leaders have been wrestling with since 2022 have converged in Moldova, whose government is worried it will be the next target for Moscow’s aggression if Russia prevails over Ukraine. One pro-Russian region —Transnistria — already declared its independence from Moldova in 1992, and has been occupied by Russian “peacekeeping” troops ever since. Despite this frozen conflict, the EU has expressed its willingness to admit Moldova into its fold along with Ukraine — one day.
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