Romania-Moldova | Could They Really Unite? Apr 27, 2022 20:52:58 GMT -5
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Romania-Moldova | Could They Really Unite?
Prof James Ker-Lindsay
As the war in Ukraine continues, attention has turned to neighbouring Moldova - one of
the least known countries in Europe. Facing considerable economic, political and now
security problems, there have been growing calls for unification with neighbouring
Romania in recent years. But could this really happen?
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While we (incorrectly) tend to think of countries as national homelands, there are some
nations that find themselves divided into two separate countries where they exist in a
majority. In effect, a national homeland becomes divided. In many cases, they learn to live
a separate existence - and may even develop a wholly separate identity. But sometimes
there are calls for unification. Romania and Moldova are a good example. Having once been
known as Bessarabia, a part of the Principality of Moldavia, Moldova was ceded to Russia in
the early nineteenth century. However, in 1918, it was reunited with what was then the
Kingdom of Romania. In 1940, the Soviet Union retook the territory, proclaiming the
Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic. However, with the end of the USSR, in 1991, the Republic
of Moldova came into being. This in turn led to calls for union with neighbouring Romania. But
could this reunification really happen? While there is certainly support for the idea in both
countries, there are many economic, political, social and international factors that need to be
taken into account. Ultimately, union - in one form or another - is very possible.
0:00 Introduction and Titles
0:31 Kin States in International Relations
1:24 Background to Romania and Moldova
2:02 Romania and Moldova: A Short History
3:22 Romania and Moldova: USSR and After
5:08 Moldovan Attitudes Towards Unification
7:27 Romanian Attitudes Towards Unification
8:52 Wider Issues: The EU and Transnistria
10:36 Could Romania and Moldova Unite?