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Tough coalition-building ahead for Moldova's pro-Europeans

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By Euronews
Tough coalition-building ahead for Moldova's pro-Europeans

<p>The election may be over in Moldova but the politicians there have plenty of work to do to form a coalition government.</p> <p>Pro-Russian Socialists emerged the biggest party, but are unlikely to form a government as centrist pro-EU parties are discussing a way of sharing power.</p> <p>“In principle pro-European parties in coalition have enough votes to create a government. But Moldova’s external and internal circumstances, such as the rift in society between pro-Russians and pro-Europeans, pushes the actors to look for parliamentary support from a party of the left,” says euronews’ Sergio Cantone.</p> <p>That is unlikely to include the Socialists and is more likely to be one of Igor Dodin’s smaller rivals on the left, which will see the continuation of a three-party coalition that has run the country since 2009.</p> <p>The Socialists have promised to “make the pro-European integration shake with fear”, but despite losing some support the governing parties say the vote proves Moldova’s move towards Europe, not Russia, is irreversible.</p> <p>“I am very optimistic and I think that the pro-European parties will cooperate even with the left side and they will decide what will be our direction as a country in the future,” said one young man in English.</p> <p>“I don’t know if they will be able to create a coalition, but this is Moldovans’ hope, especially of the younger generations. We want to be part of the EU in order to have a future within the EU,” said a young Romanian woman.</p> <p>“We shouldn’t lose what we got so far in terms of our relations with the East, but at the same time we should try to go towards Europe, but I don’t think we will succeed,” one Russian-speaking woman told euronews.</p>