Moldovan Prime Minister Maia Sandu is betting her Eastern European nation’s future on the West. But there’s a catch: Her government, formed this month, hangs on the thread of a parliamentary coalition that includes pro-Kremlin parties. Despite their differences, Sandu’s ACUM bloc unseated oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc’s ruling Democratic Party, but she concedes it’s “not an ideal means to that end.”
Where does that leave Moldova? Sandwiched between European Union member Romania and Transnistria, a Soviet-style breakaway Moldovan region that continues to host Russian troops Sandu wants removed.
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