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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Point of View | | Krzysztof Strachota

The Kurdish issue remains a serious challenge to the stability and security of both Turkey and much of the Middle East. Over the last ten years, however, the region has witnessed substantial major changes (including, Turkey’s socio-…

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…

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…