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OSW Commentary | | Maria Domańska

2017 has seen a wave of dismissals of the heads of Russia’s regions – the largest in the past five years. This is linked primarily to the preparations for the presidential election.

Analyses | | Iwona Wiśniewska

On 15 December, the district court in Moscow found Alexey Ulyukaev, the former Russian minister for economic development, guilty of accepting a bribe of US$2 million.

Analyses | | Anna Kwiatkowska-Drożdż

On 7th – 9th December the SPD held its convention in Berlin. Delegates reelected Martin Schulz as the party’s leader (with support at 82%). 

Analyses | | Józef Lang

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Greece on 6–7 December. This was the first visit of a Turkish president to this country since 1952.

Analyses | | Witold Rodkiewicz

Vladimir Putin visited Cairo on 11 December. The main effect of the visit was the signing of four contracts linked to the construction of the El Dabaa nuclear power plant. 

OSW Commentary | | Maria Domańska

On 6 December Vladimir Putin announced that he will run in the presidential election to be held  on 18 March 2018.

Analyses | | Artur Ciechanowicz

On 30th November the German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, met with the leaders of the CDU, CSU and SPD and urged them to form a grand coalition government.

Analyses | | Piotr Szymański

On 30th November the Danish parliament amended the law on the continental shelf in the section which concerns consent to lay pipelines and cables in Danish territorial sea.

Analyses | | Tomasz Piechal

On 5 December in Kiev an attempt was made by the security service of Ukraine to detain Mikheil Saakashvili.

Analyses | | Katarzyna Chawryło Jarzyńska

On 28 November, President Vladimir Putin announced the implementation of a programme for assistance to families.