Democracy in Hungary and Poland continues to backslide but Moldova is a “bright spot” in Europe, according to a new report published Wednesday morning - Politico says.

Moldova, which neighbors Ukraine, faces the prospect of a serious economic and political crisis as Russia drastically reduces gas deliveries to punish the country for its pro-European stance — but nevertheless democracy is on the increase.

While corruption remains a key challenge, Moldova is now among the top 25 percent of countries globally in areas such as social rights and equality or media integrity, according to the report.

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