Moldova is marking its 24th birthday on August 27 with a big celebration. But those most intent on cheering independence tend to be older Moldovans.
Younger generations have mixed feelings about the future, thus dampening any desire to celebrate. Alexandru Murzac, 20, is among those who have become disillusioned. He may head a non-profit dedicated to helping teenagers solve community problems, but, like thousands of his peers, he sees only one way to solve his own problems — by leaving Moldova and starting a new life in the European Union.
Precisely on his homeland’s birthday.
Two years ago, his plans were quite different. Like many young Moldovans caught up by the promises of democratic change and eventual EU membership, Murzac says he saw his future in Moldova. He had reason to — building Moldova was in his family.
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