Once again Eastern Europe is the location of a geo-political struggle that could define Europe's security for a generation. Moldova, a small country with a long history of foreign meddling, is at the epicenter of Eastern Europe. It is time for policymakers in the West start giving this tiny country more attention.
Romania is still often thought of as a country that is poor, corrupt, with dysfunctional public institutions and inefficient industry, a country that has yet to emerge from the shadows of its past. In reality, Romania is gradually conquering its longstanding internal issues to emerge as a financially sound country, one that is coming into a new era and in doing so is demonstrating the value of a gradual, cautious, approach to EU integration.