Two weeks ahead of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozine’s visit to Moldova, and in the run-up to the Vilnius summit on November 26, where the signature of an association agreement between Chisinau and the European Union is expected, relations with the EU are more than ever a subject of debate in the Romanian speaking former Soviet republic.

The current government, which is dominated by liberal democrats, wants to build greater ties with Europe, while the socialist pro-Russian opposition favours the Eurasian Union — an alternative project launched by Moscow.

Following general elections set to take place at the end of 2014, the “option of a balancing act between [these] poles, will become official policy,” notes Dilema Veche.

The weekly also points out that while a majority of the country’s electorate is pro-European, people remain opposed to the idea of a union with Romania, which has been suggested by some political leaders as a means to accelerate the country’s accession to the EU.