The Republic of Moldova is our new neighbour in the east since 2007, the year of Romania's membership in the EU. "Europe's poorest country", "renegade province Transnistria", "weapons smuggling" and "human trafficking" are obviously the only phrases, which hit the headlines of continental newspapers. What about the political and economic development, however, since Moldova's declaration of independence in 1991? When does the first-rate Moldovan wine finally conquer Europe? Where is Gagauzia, which language is spoken there and what is taught at Comrat University, worldwide's only Gagauzian university? Which western companies invest in the landlocked country surrounded by Romania and Ukraine and why? What about the standards of the educational system? Do the innumerable international NGOs successful work? What perspective has the Moldovan rapper, football fan or traceur?