Publications

On 5 August the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the declaration of the Charter of German Expellees was held in Stuttgart. The Charter functions as a credo for the Federation of Expellees. The rank of the politicians that participated in the celebration contradicts the opinions that the Federation of Expellees (BdV) is a niche organisation of the displaced that has no impact on German day-to-day politics. The celebration was a token of political support for and solidarity with the circles of expellees.
Analyses
2010-08-18
On 29 July the parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina did not adopt the law on the census. Due to the fact that the party of Bosnian Serbs boycotted this parliamentary session, it was not possible to gather the quorum. This may make it impossible to run the census in 2011, which is one of the conditions for the continuation of the integration process of BiH with the EU.
Analyses
2010-08-18
On 13 August Eurostat published the data on the rate of economic growth in eurozone member states in the second quarter of this year. According to the statistics, the leader of growth in the eurozone was the German economy since it was developing twice as quickly as the average growth rate for the entire eurozone and its growth rate was the fastest since the reunification of Germany. Despite good economic results, the federal government is still planning to focus mainly on consolidating the budget.
Analyses
2010-08-18
On 8 August Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boiko Borisov announced that during his meeting with Serbia's President Boris Tadic in Varna they agreed on the route of the South Stream gas pipeline in the Bulgarian-Serbian border section. By joint consultations both countries are seeking to strengthen their positions in negotiations with Russia.
Analyses
2010-08-18
The German government has criticised the European Commission which on 9 August announced an initiative aimed at introducing a direct European tax. Germany, in common with the UK and France, argues that collecting taxes should remain the competence of EU member states. The main reason for the opposition to the European tax is however the willingness to profit from new sources of revenues to Germany's national budget.
Analyses
2010-08-18
At the beginning of August on the initiative of Poland, nine EU countries proposed a change in the EU methodology of public debt calculation. The new method is intended to make a distinction between a public debt and pension system liabilities. The application of the new method would increase the chances of fulfilling the criteria for entrance to the eurozone for these countries but on the other hand may weaken their determination in making public finance reforms.
Analyses
2010-08-18
On 12 August BP-Azerbaijan, the operator of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, announced that since July of this year a part of the oil flowing through its pipeline originates in Turkmenistan. This means that the BTC route has replaced the previous export route for Turkmen gas through Iran to a considerable extent. The change of transmission route is being blamed on worsening financial conditions for transport via Iran, in part as a result of an intensification of sanctions against Iran by the UN in June of this year.
Analyses
2010-08-18
On 9 August the IMF published the contents of a memorandum signed with the government and central bank of Ukraine. The implementation of the memorandum guarantees Ukraine US$15.1 billion as part of a new standby programme. Implementation of the provisions of the memorandum will be conducive to an improvement in the economic situation and may lead to further reaching structural and institutional reforms. The Ukrainian leadership is also gaining a political alibi; the taking of socially expensive decisions is being presented as a consequence of Yulia Timoshenko’s incompetent governments, following which it became necessary to apply for IMF funds.
Analyses
2010-08-18
On 6 August James Giffen, former advisor to President Nursultan Nazarbayev, admitted to tax irregularities and the American prosecutor announced the withdrawal of corruption charges which had been levelled at him since 2003. The final decision of the American court in this case (November 2010) will mark the closing of the biggest corruption scandal in Kazakhstan and bring an end to speculation concerning the possibility of making charges against President Nazarbayev and will clear the air in relations between Astana and Washington.
Analyses
2010-08-18
On 16 August a committee of the United Russia party put forward three candidates to President Dmitri Medvedev for the position of governor of the Kaliningrad Oblast. The current governor, Georgy Boos, was not among them. This means that the Kremlin has taken into consideration the dissatisfaction of the residents of the region towards the policies of Boos and, not wishing for further protests, have decided to change the governor.
Analyses
2010-08-18

Pages