German Chancellor Angela Merkel received the recently elected Moldovan Prime Minister Maia Sandu in Berlin on Tuesday.

Merkel and Sandu remained seated during the welcoming ceremony. This is the second time in a week that the German chancellor has sat for the national anthem after a series of shaking bouts.

After listening to the military orchestra, the two leaders gave a joint press conference during which Merkel hailed the new Moldovan government.

"I believe that now we have a government in office that is steering a pro-European course and that is determined to pursue a course that aims to make politics for the people of the country, to fight corruption, and to set up honest and transparent institutions," said Merkel.

She added that they are "delighted to see that with Maia Sandu, pro-European forces are leading the country."

Maia Sandu deplored the previous governments in her country, saying that they were "were more interested in personal gain rather than in building functional institutions."

She expressed her willingness to change Moldova "from within, so that we could be accepted in the EU, as a confident member with functional, democratic institutions."

Moldova’s new government took office on June 8, following a coalition deal between the Socialist Party and the pro-EU group ACUM led by Maia Sandu, which led to the ousting of the ruling Democratic Party of oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc.

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