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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.