Support independent journalism in Central & Eastern Europe.
Donate to TOL!
Chisinau sees Bucharest's decision to make the anniversary a public holiday as a way of fomenting unionist feelings.31 March 2017
On Monday Romanian President Klaus Iohannis signed the decree establishing 27 March as a national holiday, a day “that carries a special significance, namely of marking an important moment in Romanian history,” the official press release said. On that date in 1918, Bessarabia, a historic territory largely coinciding with present-day Moldova, voted in favor of union with neighboring Romania.
The press release also emphasized Romania's support for Moldova's European integration, “which is the only way to a prosperous future for Moldovans.”
The law provoked immediate reactions from across the political spectrum in Chisinau, Ziarul de Garda writes. While pro-European liberals submitted a legislative proposal for a similar, official status for the anniversary in Moldova, Dodon’s party denounced the idea.
After Romania’s parliament voted in favor of establishing the holiday in mid-March the PSRM issued a press release expressing its concern that “Bucharest still sees Moldova as a former, and future, territorial annex to a greater Romania” and called the vote “proof that the unionist hysteria hasn't ended.”
Unionists argue that Moldova is historically, culturally, and linguistically part of a larger Romanian nation that was divided by the Russian and Ottoman empires.
On 28 March, during a press conference where he presented a summary of his first 100 days in office, cited by Ziarul National, Dodon also criticized Romania's initiative, on the grounds that “Romanians are our friends, our neighbors, and what do they do? They make 27 March a national holiday. On one hand, they say they don't support unionists, and on the other, look at what they do.”
Dodon also announced that the Moldovan parliament is reviewing a proposal to ban unionism, and said he wants Moldovan children to study their own history, not Romanian history.
Dodon also said he had asked for the resignation of Moldovan Minister of Education Corina Fusu for approving celebrations of the 1918 merger, adevarul.md reports.
TOL's Summer Journalism Courses in Prague - Last places available!
July 2017- Data Journalism Boot Camp course and Going on Assignment in Prague - Special edition of Foreign Correspondent course
Practical training by respected journalists and media professionals. See TOL Education website for more information.
The Moldovan Diaries is a multimedia, interactive examination of the country's ethnic, religious, social and political identities by Paolo Paterlini and Cesare De Giglio.
This innovative approach to story telling gives voice to ordinary people and takes the reader on the virtual trip across Moldovan rural and urban landscapes.
It is a unique and intimate map of the nation.