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Democratic learning: why not ?
An important indicator of democratisation is the decentralisation of the public service. It is not just the division of the executive power into one of central and another of local level, it is also about the ability of the central authorities and of the civil society to engage and maintain a permanent dialogue over a common agenda. Such a dialogue helps to avoid the -˜corporatisation of public life by a populist and authoritarian power and produce the public services needed by the citizens. Regularly held, such dialogue is a good indicator of the societys degree of tolerance, democratic values and public trust.
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August 09, 2007: Apathy and silence over Trandsniester -- By Jeremy Druker in Chisinau for ISN Security Watch (09/08/07)
Transnistria, interviews
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MOLDOVAS PRESIDENTIAL INSTITUTION INCREASINGLY DYSFUNCTIONAL by Vladimir Socor, Jamestown Foundation August 1, 2007 -- Volume 4, Issue 149
- Politics in Moldova is in fact Geopolitics" (Flux, July 20). This recent observation by a pro-Western party leader in Chisinau has quickly become common wisdom. It defines the real stakes in the political changes resulting from President Vladimir Voronins non-transparent negotiations with the Kremlin and his polarizing, confrontational response to the latest electoral reverses of his Communist Party (see EDM, July 27, 30). Meanwhile, Russia has turned its contest with the West over Moldova from a latent into an active contest. It has pulled Moldovas presidency ever more deeply into bilateral dealing on Transnistria, repudiated the CFE Treaty -- thus raising the leverage value of Russian troops in Transnistria -- and is seeking settlement terms on Transnistria that would increase Russian political influence within Moldova itself.
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A fragile political consensus -- also known as parliamentary partnership -- on the terms set in 2005 persists in Moldovas parliament at this time(see accompanying article). Its preservation is creditable to the Parliaments Chairman Marian Lupu, Vice-Chairman and Christian-Democrat leader Iurie Rosca, some centrists, and many Communist deputies. While the presidential institution has embarked on polarization and confrontation against non-communist parties, the Communist deputies are not following suit. This seems to be the first time since 2001 that the parliamentary majority has quietly distanced itself from the presidents line. These deputies have no wish for civil strife and would rather serve out their parliamentary term than go into pre-term elections, as Voronins Transnistria settlement negotiations with the Kremlin envisage (see EDM, July 27, 30). The Jamestown Foundation - August 1, 2007 - Volume 4, Issue 149.
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