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Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski

On 10 August, the Slovak parliament approved a reform of the pension system. On one hand, the changes introduced by Robert Fico’s left-wing cabinet will weaken the position of private pension funds, and on the other will link retirement…

Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski

On 21 August, the Romanian Constitutional Court ruled that the referendum held in July to dismiss President Traian Basescu was invalid. In the referendum, the vast majority of voters supported the president's removal (87.5%), but the…

Analyses | | Tadeusz A Olszański

18 August saw the end of the process of registering candidates for election to the parliament of Ukraine. In the proportional elections (for 225 seats) 22 parties will compete, while in the majority seats (also 225 places) 3100…

Analyses | | Katarzyna Chawryło, Jadwiga Rogoża

On 16-19 August, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), the Patriarch of Moscow and All-Russia, Cyril I, paid a visit to Poland. A key event during the visit was the signing of a Joint Message to the Polish and Russian Nations…

Analyses | | Sławomir Matuszak

On 15 August, the Ukrainian Minister for Ecology and Natural Resources, Eduard Stavytski, announced the results of the tender to extract gas and oil from the Skifska deposit on the Black Sea shelf. The winner was a consortium which…

Analyses | | Agata Wierzbowska-Miazga

In recent months, an increase in Russian activity aimed at maintaining its military presence in the CIS has been noted. On 20 August, the Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Salamatin signed a…

Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski

Romania is undergoing its largest political crisis in years. The verdict of the Constitutional Court about the effectiveness of the impeachment of President Traian Basescu will be issued as late as the 31th August. At the…

Analyses | | Marta Szpala

On 27th July the Serbian parliament approved the composition and programme of the new government led by Ivica Dacic with the votes of 142 members (out of 250). The main party in the coalition is the left-wing Serbian…

Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski

On 31st July, nearly one and a half years after the deadline set, the Slovak parliament adopted the amendments to the laws relating to energy, thus implementing the EU third energy package regulations. These legislative…

Analyses | | Artur Ciechanowicz

On 30th July Hans-Peter Friedrich (CSU), the German Minister of Interior Affairs, dismissed all the heads of the Federal Police (Bundespolizei), which was established in 2005 from the renaming the Border Guard (