"When will we meet for an election?", wonders Timpul in the wake of a troubled night in Moldova’s parliament. At midnight on 14 November, the communists and the pro-Europeans, the two main political forces in the capital Chişinău, had yet to find a common candidate. On 18 November, the parliament will have to elect a successor to the acting president, who is the country’s third since the 7 April revolution in 2009 put an end to the communists’ hold on power.

Moldova, which aims to join the EU and wants to be included in the Eastern Partnership, is increasingly specialising in "events that never take place", remarks the daily. There have been several failed attempts to elect a president and a referendum to see if he should be elected directly by the people, which was invalidated by a low turnout… Nothing is working out. "Well done, politicians! When are we going to meet? We have some business to settle…", announces Timpul.