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Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski

On 25 June President Milos Zeman appointed an economist, Jiri Rusnok prime minister without parliamentary backing. Rusnok was minister of finance in 2001-2002 in Zeman’s left wing cabinet and since 2010 had been part of a team of…

Analyses | | Aleksandra Jarosiewicz, Aleksandra Jarosiewicz

On 26 June the Austrian holding, OMV announced that the consortium operating in Shah Deniz, the largest gas field in Azerbaijan, had not selected the Nabucco West project as its route for Azerbaijani gas to Europe. Despite there being…

Analyses | | Szymon Ananicz

On the 25 June the Council of the EU decided to formally open the “regional policies” chapter in negotiations on Turkey joining the EU. The council abstained from issuing final agreement for talks to begin with Ankara until the European…

Analyses | | Aleksandra Jarosiewicz

The launch of gas production in Tajikistan (possibly at a level of several billion m3 annually) will be of fundamental significance for the country and will change the balance of power which has thus far been in place in…

Analyses | | Wojciech Konończuk, Arkadiusz Sarna

On 21 June the leading Ukrainian media holding UMH announced that it had sold 98% of its shares to VETEK, a company owned by 27-year-old businessman Serhiy Kurchenko. UMH owns dozens of newspapers, radio stations, internet portals,…

Analyses | | Marek Menkiszak, Andrzej Wilk

US President Barack Obama used his speech in Berlin on 19 June to present a new nuclear disarmament plan. He called upon Russia to start talks on a further reduction in the US and Russian arsenals of strategic nuclear warheads – by up…

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Protests in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) against the inefficient administration and the deteriorating socio-economic situation have been ongoing for two weeks. Parliament has been blocked in Sarajevo, and thousands of people have also…

Analyses | | Artur Ciechanowicz

Barack Obama’s first official visit as US president to Berlin (19-20 June) is being seen as representing a desire to strengthen relations with Europe, and an indication that Germany is the US’s most important partner in the euro area.…

Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski

On 17 June, the Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas resigned from his post and gave up his leadership of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) after the head of his office, Jana Nagyová, was arrested and charged with corruption and abusing her…

Analyses | | Tadeusz Iwański

The presidents of Belarus and Ukraine, Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Viktor Yanukovych, met on 18 June in Kyiv and signed a protocol on the exchange of documents ratifying the Ukrainian-Belarusian agreement on the state border of 1997. The…