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The decision passed by the International Court of Justice in The Hague in February 2009, which finally determined the status of the Snake Island and the delimitation of the borders of Ukraine’s and Romania’s exclusive economic zones on the Black Sea’s continental shelf removed the major dispute from the agenda of relations between the two countries but it failed to reduce their mutual distrust.
OSW Commentary
2011-12-30
Tadeusz Iwański
The lower house of the Czech parliament on 14 December adopted the governmental constitution amendment introducing direct presidential elections. This was supported by both coalition and opposition MPs. The decision to relinquish the election of the president by parliament is yet to be approved by the Senate. President Václav Klaus is opposed to the amendment, but he has no right to veto constitutional laws.
Analyses
2011-12-21
Jakub Groszkowski
Traian Băsescu and Abdullah Gül, the presidents of Romania and Turkey, signed a declaration of strategic partnership for the two countries on 12 December in Ankara. This declaration emphasises the special nature of Romanian-Turkish relations and is creating a framework for the further enhancement of co-operation in the areas of politics, economy, security, culture and education.
Analyses
2011-12-21
Tomasz Dąborowski
The first round of presidential elections was held on 11 December in Transnistria. Igor Smirnov, who had been the head of this unrecognised country for twenty years, received third largest support (24.8% of the votes) and thus lost the chance for a fifth term in office as president.
Analyses
2011-12-21
Witold Rodkiewicz
The European Union-Ukraine summit took place in Kyiv on 19 December, during which the end of the Association Agreement (AA) negotiation was announced, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) agreement.
Analyses
2011-12-21
On 16 December in Zhanaozen (Mangystau region) riots broke out, and as a result of the pacification action at least ten people died. In the following days, demonstrations were also held at other places in the region.
Analyses
2011-12-21
Aleksandra Jarosiewicz
Marek Matusiak
Krzysztof Strachota
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 5 December passed a verdict concerning the complaint brought by Macedonia against Greece. The ICJ found that Greece by opposing Macedonia’s accession to NATO in 2008 breached the interim agreement the two countries signed in 1995.
Analyses
2011-12-21
Marta Szpala
On 16 December, the Russian Statistical Office released the first detailed results of the census carried out in Russia in October 2010. These confirm a dramatic drop in the population, as well as ongoing structural changes, such as the ageing population and the rising predominance of the number of women over men.
Analyses
2011-12-21
Katarzyna Chawryło (Jarzyńska)
Mutual relations in the area of sports, which in contemporary international contacts often not only reflect the true nature of political relations but sometimes even affect them, can be a valuable contribution to the analysis of this conflict’s nature.
Point of View
2011-12-14
Adam Eberhardt
On 7 December the Bulgarian government approved the decision to withdraw from the intergovernmental agreement concluded with Russia and Greece in March 2007 on the construction of the Burgas–Alexandroupolis oil pipeline (Bulgaria – Greece). It was planned that the pipeline would carry Russian and Caspian oil between the shores of the Black Sea and the Aegean Sea, circumventing the Turkish straits.
Analyses
2011-12-14
Tomasz Dąborowski

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