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Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski
The former Czech left-wing prime minister, Milos Zeman, won the presidential election, defeating Karel Schwarzenberg, the present deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, in the runoff on 25-26 January. Their support levels…
Analyses | | Konrad Popławski
On 22 January, the EU commissioner for energy, Guenther Oettinger, announced that the European Commission would be looking into the German system for supporting the use of renewable energy sources (RES). This task will be entrusted to the…
Analyses | | Wojciech Konończuk
On 26 January the Financial Times, citing a source in the Ukrainian government, reported that  Gazprom had issued a bill for US$7 billion to Naftogaz for the purchase in 2012 of a smaller amount of gas than that agreed in their 2009…
Analyses | | Ewa Fischer
On 25 January, at the first reading, the State Duma adopted a government bill to amend the Russian Federation’s budget code and to set requirements to the staff of a specialised financial organisation. The project envisages the…
Analyses | | Wojciech Górecki
On 28 January, President Vladimir Putin accepted the resignation of the President of Dagestan, Magomedsalam Magomedov, and appointed him one of the deputy heads of his administration. At the same time, Putin appointed Ramazan Abdulatipov…
Analyses | | Arkadiusz Sarna
On 24 January in Davos, the Ukrainian Minister of Energy, Eduard Stavitsky, and the director of the Dutch-British company Shell, Peter Vozer, signed a 50-year Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) concerning a project for the production of…
Analyses | | Aleksandra Jarosiewicz
A series of protests have taken place in Azerbaijan since the beginning of this year (12, 19, 23–24 and 26 January). Various social groups have been involved in them: young people, merchants and residents of Ismayilli. These were…
Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski
On 15 January, Slovakia’s state-owned nuclear company JAVYS and the Czech state-owned energy corporation CEZ signed a memorandum with Russia’s Rosatom, which envisages Rosatom being granted access to complete documentation concerning the…
Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski
On 14 January, Prime Minister Petr Necas opened the Gazelle gas pipeline at the Czech-German border in the presence of representatives from Germany and Russia. Gazelle is the extension of Nord Stream’s branch running through the Czech…
Analyses | | Kamil Frymark
The CDU (36% of the vote against 42.5% in the previous election) won the local election in Lower Saxony on 20 January. Together with the FDP (9.9%, previously 8.2%) it gained a total of 68 seats. However, this will not allow the present…