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Alina Mamulat at the Technische Universitat Berlin, in a 1500-space amphitheatre ©Ana Rozîpalivanov

Moldovan Youth Leave their Home Country in Search of Better Perspectives

According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the number of students fell this year. Research shows that 4,700 (8.5%) fewer young people decided to submit their documents to state universities. In the last seven years, the number of students has decreased by 40%. Does this means that the youth does not need higher education any longer? If so, why? Or, is it a phenomenon of migration?
Family Feller in front of their house in Marianca de Sus ©Dénes Jäger

The Last German of Mariewka

Until 1940, around 150 German villages existed in the historical region of Bessarabia in the area of modern Moldova and Ukraine. Being abandoned and then repopulated after the war, they face the same problems today, as the rest of the country.
On several buildings in Moldova’s capital, Chisinau, the Moldovan and the European Union flags fly right next to each other, as if they always had.  However, there are many discussions going on about the relationship. ©Sarah Schröer López

10 years of Eastern Partnership, but what is next?

The EU is important to Moldova. After ten years of Eastern partnership, it is time to evaluate the situation – and there is not only one opinion about the future. However, before plans can get tackled, there are problems to face.
Already at the airport, Moldova is presenting its new campaign to attract tourists. ©Fabian Schäfer

From Zero to Hero

Just a few years ago, Moldova was considered one of the least traveled countries in Europe. Today, experts see Moldova as a must do destination. The reasons: Wine, food, nature, a professional tourist strategy, and a frozen conflict. The country is trying hard not to be perceived as a cheap destination, and is going to more and more new markets. And also, Transnistria tries to promote other offers as the Soviet time travel one can experience in this unrecognized region. A story from a country that just begun developing its tourism campaigns, and so far, has been very successful.
A brief presentation of the Republic of Moldova to 6th grade students. © Natalia Florea

Respecting Cultural Diversity

Cultural diversity and cross-cultural communication can foster international understanding and co-operation. Only when we are open to the knowledge of languages, to respect the values of our own country and orientated towards cultivating universal values will we be able to contribute to the harmonisation of different culture systems.
Photo symbol ©Renata Lupăcescu

Germany Remains one of the Most Important Trading Partners of the Republic of Moldova

For five years, the Federal Republic of Germany has numbered among the largest foreign trade partners of the Republic of Moldova. There are some major direct investments of German companies in the country, especially in the automotive industry. The Moldovan government is working to increase the intensity of economic relations. The Association Agreement with the European Union and the Agreement on the creation of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area are fundamental impulses and contribute to the significant growth of trade with the countries of the European Union.
The picture illustrate a society without sexism, stereotypes and prejudices. In translation, the message is "Have your head free".  ©TERRES DES FEMME

Sexist Advertising, the Global Public Enemy

Naked women, with no opinion, no will and no voice who could be carried and touched how you would like - and no, the image you painted in your mind does not promote, for example, a sex shop, but some services or products widely consumed throughout society. Without a doubt, this is the picture of the advertising market nowadays, both in the Republic of Moldova and Germany. However, sexist advertising is not forbidden in those countries and that is why there is no national statistical data to reflect the reality.
Participants during the Training Course in Moldova ©Tudor Arnăut

How the Moldovan Agenda with Activities for Youth Changed with Foreign Grants

Debates, workshops, ERASMUS+, all have become popular projects for the youth in the last few years in Moldova, financed by the European Union. Looking back to 1990, or even 2000, there have been many students and few opportunities in the Republic of Moldova, but nowadays it is different. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, during the last decade the number of students decreased at 42%, but the number of projects significantly increased. According to eeas.europa.eu, in the years 2015-2017, more than 900 Moldovan students and academic staff were able to study and teach in the EU due to Erasmus+, and this is just a small field. The future also looks bright, as the European Union confirmed its support for education.
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Home, in Germany

Many citizens of the Republic of Moldova are leaving the country. Most of them are young people who cannot find a good and well-paid job at home, and that is why they have decided to go abroad. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, in four years, over half a million Moldovans (562,574 people) chose to emigrate.
One of the Moldovan products with highlighted allergens on the label ©Maria-Victoria Racu

Food Allergies – how tricky can it be?

A food allergy is an immune system response to a foreign ingested substance that is not typically harmful to the body. These foreign ingested substances are called food allergens. The symptoms can vary from nausea and hives, to anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening emergency. People with allergies should be very careful about the food they eat, especially in Moldova – a country which is not unduly concerned about food allergens.
Audience participating in a Remote Chișinău performance. ©Lucian Spătaru

Artists Across Borders

The society in which we live is constantly changing. Political events, economic dynamics, shifts in power control, and social movements leave traces one way or another. Across the years, these traces have been recorded by artists and cultural workers, who have curated and shed light on the things that have shaped, and continue to shape, our world.
Prunes from Moldova in a market in Germany (October 2019) ©Andrei Bârliba

Moldova, a Country Increasingly Connected to the EU Economy, but still Looking to Russia

In November 2013, Moldovan authorities signeds the Association Agreement with the EU, despite protests from the left-wing internal opposition and, apparently, from external pressures from the East. Due to the Free Trade Agreement, a part of the Association Agreement, trade relations between the Republic of Moldova and Germany have also developed. However, there is still a whole range of challenges and shortcomings.
Many young Moldovan citizens are attracted by the opportunities offered by European countries ©Aliona Ciurcă

Choosing Europe

According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) data, at the beginning of 2019, 2.68 million people with ordinary residence were living in the Republic of Moldova. During the last years, however, the inhabitants of the country have been heavily involved in international migration so that, by 2017, around 160 thousand people had emigrated from the country, whilst 110 thousand people had immigrated into the country, most of them being returning migrants.
Symbol picture ©Theresa Gunkel

Leaving Transnistria

The city Nadia grew up in is officially a part of Moldova, yet moving from Tiraspol to Chisinau felt like moving to another country to her. A conversation about growing up in Transnistria, leaving home, and the difficulties of explaining the history of a country that officially does not exist
©Robert Putzbach

Language as a Ticket to a Better Future

There are a large number of private foreign language schools in Chișinău. This has to do with a major problem in Moldovan society. Many students drum vocabulary for a certain reason.
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We are doing it in ten

The LGBTQ community in Moldova is still exposed to media agitation. In 2019, a new media-propaganda law came into force which bans media broadcasters from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. Has the new law been able to improve the situation for the community?
Elena Tacu (left) demonstrating for the earth. ©Daria Kolesnicova

Fighting and Dying for the Earth

Blocking the streets, planting trees or demonstrating – the movement for environmental protection inspired a lot people to become active this year and also involved the creation of a group named Extinction Rebellion in Moldova: here, activists like Elena Tacu are trying a different strategy of civil disobedience.
Russian and European products on a Moldovan supermarket. ©Larissa Mass

“We are tired of being worried all the time”.

Moldova is again faced with a government crisis. The small country has to deal with powerful external influences and two different identities internally: The European and the Russian.
©Thilko Gläßgen

Fighting the Fake

Instead of focusing on negative developments, Victor Spinu from Trolless and Lilia Zaharia from Stopfals have launched projects against fake news. Although they receive threats and dubious offers, both keep on fighting to diminish the effects of fakes in Moldova.
©Linda Bachmann

Moldova - The New Business Case?

Moldova’s economic situation is complicated. An advanced digital infrastructure faces corruption and emigration. Hope rests on the shoulders of the IT sector and the awakening of an entrepreneurial spirit. Can they lead the country into a brighter economic future?
The caverns of Cricova are an international tourist attraction and symbolise the country’s most important economic sector: The production and marketing of wine. ©Urs Unkauf

Moldova’s Future between European Integration and a Gate towards Russia

Russia or Europe? East or West? Or both? And if so, to what extent? These questions still continue to divide the Republic of Moldova today. Insights into a country, which receives little attention in the West, and its perspectives.
The locked door of a biomass boiler-room on the site of a Kindergarten in Strășeni. Marie-Thérèse Schreiber

Longing for ‘Moldotopia’

In winter, the average Moldovan inhabitant has to spend half of his or her income in order to properly heat his or her home. Can biomass-fired heating systems make a difference for everyone?

Moldova’s Children Left Behind

Children living without their parents is not a rare phenomenon at all in Moldova. Due to work emigration, dismantled families have become not the exception, but the norm. Local and national NGOs have stepped in – politicians, however, are still not ready to take action.
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“The conversation was there, but the words were not”

In 2015, Moldova’s first explicitly feminist activist group was founded. The feminist conversation in the Eastern European country is growing – but the group has various difficulties to face.

Protest permanent

The activist movement “Occupy Guguţă” deals with several issues of Moldova’s civil society and political situation. In interviews with people who are either active in the movement or closely observe the events this film focuses on contemporary protest in Chișinău.

Visa regime liberalization - how it changed the life of the Moldovans

Liberalization of the visa regime with the EU offered to the Moldovan citizens the chance to start their own business, others gave them the chance not to fail.
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German-Moldovan cooperation in media, or… what is the difference?

This autumn a group of German and Moldovan journalists got the opportunity to experience each other’s workflow and gain knowledges about cooperation between two countries.

Moldovan-German Relations are Growing Socially and Culturally

Moldovan-German relations are growing more and more, economically, socially and culturally. An example of this are the joint projects implemented in the Republic of Moldova with the support of the German authorities.

Moldova's image in Germany: An interview with Oleg Serebrian

An interview with Oleg Serebrian, Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to Berlin, about Moldova’s image in Germany. Germany’s interest in the Republic of Moldova is not a circumstantial one, it is a space in which Berlin has a ‘natural interest’.
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Moldova at a Crossroads

The parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova on 24th February 2019 are even more important than just the proper conducting of elections. As upon this election rests the unblocking of the financial assistance from the European Union.

Street Art in Berlin and Chisinau

Street art has long been an integral part of the culture of many European cities. Street-culture is the face of the modern city, its spirit and character. Street-art: Graffiti and murals can disfigure the city, as well as make it unique and beautiful. The way Berlin is, is how Chisinau could be.

A doctor from Moldova, who decided to move to Germany

Mihaela Jardan (38 years old) – a neurologist from the Republic of Moldova who decided to accept a challenge and moved to Germany with her husband in 2009. Mihaela started a new life in Germany and a new job at the MediClin Krankenhaus Plau am See.

Cycling as a Part of Modern EU City

Cycling is a lifestyle. It is a source of health, ecology and good mood. However, to gain all the benefits from cycling, you need to have a well-developed cycling infrastructure. The EU could present a good example to be used in Moldova.

In Search of Moldovan wine in German Supermarkets

An errand to a European supermarket reveals fancy bottles of wine from any country but Moldova – yet half of the total Moldovan wine exports reach the European Union. So, where is it all going?

Dual Vocational Education: An Alternative for Young People

Dual vocational education has become more attractive for young people who do not want to attend universities in the Republic of Moldova. A new college with advanced technologies in Straseni is offering young people new opportunities.
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Becoming a Journalist in Moldova

According to the current ranking list of press freedom of "Reporters Without Borders", the Republic of Moldova ranks on the 81st place. Due to that fact, radio reporter Jan Schulte tries to find out why two young students from Moldova decided to become journalists.
Moldovan President Igor Dodon and Brian Brown, President of the World Congress of Families meet at a Russian Orthodox  monastery in Athos // © Brian Brown

The conservative International

Every year in the spring since 2002, the Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Transgender-community of Moldova have organized a march through Chișinău, the country's capital – or rather they have been trying.

How the internet can shape Moldova's future

Although considered the poorest country in Europe, Moldova ranks third worldwide when it comes to high-speed internet access. The IT sector could play an important role in keeping the nation’s young and educated from leaving the country.
In Chișinău, you can find hand-written signs everywhere which point to the nearest gas pipe.  © Marie-Thérèse Schreiber

Captured by Gazprom

In Moldova, natural gas is obtained to an extent of 95-98% from Russia which leads to a state of absolute dependence on the supply company ‘Gazprom’. Regardless of the sector, a monopoly will most likely cause problems for the consumer who will find himself at the monopolist’s mercy.

The Unionist Movement

2018 marks the Centenary of the reunification of today’s Republics of Moldova and Romania. On this occasion, unionists from both countries, and even the diaspora, join forces to rally for a restored union. Although their aim is clearly defined, their motives deserve a closer look.

Moldovan Countryside – No Hope in Sight

The Republic of Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe. There are significant differences between urban and rural areas, the latter being significantly less of economic growth opportunities.
Café Propaganda

After the Tipping Point

The article gives us a little insight into the political youth participation of the Republic of Moldova. How a young minority between existential problems and political resignation seeks to convey democratic values, to live them and to draw attention to corruption.
A night time street in Chisinau

The Moldovan Night

The relative darkness by night is one of the first things you notice when arriving in the capital of Moldova. Although efforts have been made in recent years, many new installations do not last long. Behind the veil of darkness, the problems are not just technical.
Michael Sperento extracts the water. By Marlon Roseberry-Bünck

Source of the Misery

Many villages in Moldova are underdeveloped and have no water pipelines. The old people are afraid. A visit shows the problems - and the hope.