Financial Times reports: A pro-Russian politician in Moldova who has threatened to derail co-operation with the EU is set to be elected president. Victory for Igor Dodon could strengthen Moscow’s hand in eastern Europe amid a surge in support for Eurosceptic and anti-establishment politicians across the continent.
Mr Dodon, who has also called for Crimea to be recognised as part of Russia, faces Maia Sandu, his pro-European rival, in the first direct presidential election in Moldova for 20 years. Sunday’s poll coincides with a presidential ballot in Bulgaria where the favourite has also called for closer ties with Moscow.
The polls come just days after Donald Trump’s election victory raised questions over continuing US support for countries in central and eastern Europe against pressure from Moscow. [Continue reading…]