Publications

Defeat for the candidate representing the government team in the presidential election may aggravate the federal government’s problems and weaken Angela Merkel’s position in the CDU.
Analyses
2010-06-09
Marta Zawilska-Florczuk
The new government is moving towards taking control over the informational sphere and the mass media. Meanwhile the opposition, which is divided internally and lacks a plan of action, has shown itself incapable of resisting the government, including in those cases where the latter has broken the law.
Analyses
2010-06-09
Tadeusz A. Olszański
Paweł Wołowski

On 21 May, the German Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble announced his proposals for reform of the euro zone at the meeting of the Task Force, a special working group aimed at developing the basic principles for reform of the euro zone. This is Germany’s response to the adoption of the aid fund for overly indebted euro zone member states. The German proposals are focused mainly on broadening the scope of control over the finances of euro zone member states.
Analyses
2010-05-26

The right-wing government struck a deal on 22 May with the opposition Social Democratic Party on changing the rules for voting in parliamentary and presidential elections by Croatians who live abroad. The Social Democrats were demanding a reduction in the diaspora’s influence (since it traditionally votes for right-wing parties) as a condition for their support for the package of constitutional amendments necessary to adjust Croatia’s basic law to EU requirements.
Analyses
2010-05-26

On 19 May, the Romanian parliament amended the vetting law by imposing a five-year ban on performing important public functions by former senior representatives of communist authorities and officers and associates of the secret police, Securitate. The law may cause changes in the managements of state-controlled companies and prevent some MPs from participating in the elections in 2012.
Analyses
2010-05-26

The Lithuanian energy minister Arvydas Sekmokas announced on 18 May that the situation at the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant - which stopped operating in December 2009 - is critical. 60% of the funds (mainly offered by the EU) allocated to Lithuania for projects related to the disassembly of the power plant have been spent, however not a single project has been completed. Irregularities in handling the funds and implementation of the projects are raising concerns in the European Commission, in effect of which Lithuania may find it more difficult to obtain further funds for the decommissioning of Ignalina.
Analyses
2010-05-26

On 20 May, the German corporation E.ON joined a consortium implementing the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project, which (along with Nabucco and ITGI) is an element of the EU concept for a gas export Southern Corridor. Although the fact that one of Europe’s largest energy corporations has become a shareholder of TAP does not per se cause a resolution of major problems in the implementation of this project (such as settling the issue of gas transit via Turkey), it still adds strength to the project itself and the Southern Corridor as a whole.
Analyses
2010-05-26

On 22 May, the right-wing coalition Fidesz-KDNP, which won a constitutional majority in the April elections, presented a programme of the new government led by Viktor Orban. No clear concept for resolving the country’s key problems was presented in the programme. At the same time, the right is pushing through changes in voting regulations concerning both parliamentary and local elections.
Analyses
2010-05-26

On 24 May an informal summit of foreign ministers from the Eastern Partnership (EaP) took place in Sopot. The initiators of the meeting were Spain and Poland; by this action, the latter is aiming to activate this EU initiative. The meeting did not bring about any concrete results, and its aim was principally to maintain political dialogue within the framework of the EaP.
Analyses
2010-05-26

 

On 21 May, during a meeting of the heads of state of the customs union in St Petersburg, attempts to reach an agreement failed. This was to have formed the basis for the functioning of a customs union between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Despite this, on 24 May, the Customs Union Commission upheld a decree from President Dmitri Medvedev introducing the legal code of the Customs Union from 1 July 2010 on the territory of these three countries, and providing for the lifting of internal customs barriers.

 

Analyses
2010-05-26

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