The economic situation in Belarus after two years of recession | Photo credit: Shutterstock

In 2017, Belarus’s GDP went up 2.4%, the first positive result since 2014. 

OSW Commentary
Kamil Kłysiński

The company 50Hertz has announced that talks are ongoing to sell its shares in the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), owned by the Chinese government.

Konrad Popławski
Fot. Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr | United States Air Force

At night between 7 and 8 February, US forces carried out airstrikes on columns of pro-Assad troops, including a group of Russian soldiers from the so-called Wagner Group.

Marek Menkiszak
Krzysztof Strachota
Piotr Żochowski
The beginning of the celebrations of the centenary of Ukraine’s independence | Photo credit: PAP/Rafał Guz

January 2018 saw the first celebrations commemorating the centenary of Ukraine’s fight for independence (1917–1921). 

OSW Commentary
Tadeusz A. Olszański

Since mid-January Dagestan has been witnessing an anti-corruption operation unprecedented in Russia in terms of its scale.

Maria Domańska
Wojciech Górecki

The signing of the coalition agreement between the Christian Democrats and Social Democrats was intended to bring an end to the political crisis in Germany.

Artur Ciechanowicz
Kamil Frymark
Justyna Gotkowska
Dnipropetrovsk Oblast: new times, old rules | Photo credit: Shutterstock

The war in Donbass and the loss of control over part of the country’s industrialised areas resulted in the significance of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast increasing for Ukraine.

OSW Commentary
Tomasz Piechal
Washington’s game of ‘sanctions poker’ Russia awaits America’s decisions

On 29 January, the US administration sent Congress a batch of documents which provide the basis for a possible further expansion of sanctions against Russia.

OSW Commentary
Iwona Wiśniewska

On 31 January, Nord Stream 2 AG obtained the consent of the Mining Authority in Stralsund for the construction of the Nord Stream pipeline 2 in Germany.

Rafał Bajczuk
Moldova’s political theatre. The balance of forces in an election year | Photo credit: Shutterstock

Since the end of 2015 Vlad Plahotniuc, an oligarch and the richest man in Moldova, has been de facto the only person who counts in Moldovan politics and business.

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Kamil Całus