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Eurovision Contestants 2015: Moldova

Photo: Eurovision Song Contest

We've got so much to say about Moldova's entry for Eurovision 2015. Not about the song per say, which is just kind of blergh, but about the music video — a cops-and-robbers-BOOM-BANG-BANG car chase directed by a second-hand Moldovan version of Michael Bay.

In this masterpiece, which is a bit NSFW and a lot WTF, this year's contestant 23-year-old Eduard Romanyuta stars as the bad boy. He got himself locked up in jail, we're guessing for something haircut- or facial hair-related, and is chilling on the floor of his cell with his ball and chain. Because Moldovan prisons are just old-fashioned that way.

Long story short, he somehow manages to escape, and takes a policewoman hostage, stilettoes and all. Because Moldovan police is just sexist that way. An absurd car chase ensues, during which police cars seem to explode spontaneously. For some reason, the lady gets sick and throws up on the windscreen of the police car chasing them — which turns out to be a clever and non-violent way to shake off your pursuers.

Then — we definitely didn't see that coming — Eduard and Daria (or Valeria or Andreea, all valid Moldovan names) start smooching.

Seriously, dude.

SHE'S JUST PUKED, what's wrong with you?

Anyway, it makes a fellow officer giggle, and spoiler alert it looks like it was just a dream. Ta-dah.

Bonus bit of trivia: Just when you thought Romanyuta was just another brainless Bon Jovi wannabe, you learn that he's currently working on his PhD thesis about international competition of tax systems and tax policy of Ukraine in the context of euro integration. Impressive.

Our vote:

Does it make you want to visit that country? 0.5/10

Was there enough glitter? 4.25/10

Ok to quit your day job? 0.75/10


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Why Poland's Break With Ukraine Weakens All Enemies Of Russia — Starting With Poland

Poland’s decision to stop sending weapons to Ukraine is being driven by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party's short-term electoral calculus. Yet the long-term effects on the world stage could deeply undermine the united NATO front against Russia, and the entire Western coalition.

Photo of ​Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Lutsk, Ukraine, on July 9

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Lutsk, Ukraine, on July 9

Bartosz T. Wieliński


WARSAW — Poland has now moved from being the country that was most loudly demanding that arms be sent to Ukraine, to a country that has suddenly announced it was withholding military aid. Even if Poland's actions won't match Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s words, the government has damaged the standing of our country in the region, and in NATO.

“We are no longer providing arms to Ukraine, because we are now arming Poland,” the prime minister declared on Polsat news on Wednesday evening. He didn’t specify which type of arms he was referring to, but his statement was quickly spread on social media by leading figures of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party.

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When news that Poland would be withholding arms to Ukraine made their way to the headlines of the most important international media outlets, no politician from PiS stepped in to refute the prime minister’s statement. Which means that Morawiecki said exactly what he meant to say.

The era of tight Polish-Ukrainian collaboration, militarily and politically, has thus come to an end.

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