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George Mihai Constantinescu
 
 
 
George Mihai Constantinescu - junior researcher within Babes-Bolyai University - College for Advanced Performance Studies and the 2018 "Excellentia Award" holder. Having a B.A. degree in Security Studies and being enrolled in 2 M.A. programs, all within BBU - Cluj, his main fields of interest are related to the study of soft power, normative power, and migration."
 
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Journal of Liberty and International Affairs | Vol. 5, No. 3 | January 2020
 
 
 
THE SOFT BALANCING OF THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA: BETWEEN THE EU'S NORMATIVE POWER AND EURASIAN ECONOMIC UNION'S EXPANSION IN THE EASTERN EUROPE
George Mihai Constantinescu
 
 
 
 
Abstract
 
Having the 2014-2017 timeframe, we aim to observe the long distance duel between the EU and the EEU, the interests of the two organizations being the most visible in the Republic of Moldova, a state with a soft balancing attitude which is at the same time an observer-member of the Eurasian Economic Union, and also a signatory-member of the Association Agreement with the EU. In order of capturing as faithfully as possible this remote match, we want to analyze the European normative power in relation to the Republic of Moldova by analyzing the main changes that Moldova's trade relations with Brussels and Moscow have suffered following the signing of the Association Agreement in 2014 and the institutional crystallization of the EEU in 2015, using data provided by the Moldavian National Bureau of Statistics and analyzing the official documents which laid the foundations for the recent relationship between the Republic of Moldova and the two organizations
 
 
Keywords
 
Normative Power; European Union; Eurasian Economic Union; Republic of Moldova; Soft Balancing
 
 
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