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Although the Republic of Belarus is constitutionally designated as a neutral country1, it is in fact closely connected with Russia’s own security and defence…

OSW Commentary | | Mychajło Honczar

Ukraine has had to wait nearly four decades for this opportunity to regain its status of a major gas producer. Gas from unconventional sources may lead not only to Ukraine becoming self-sufficient in terms of energy supplies, but may…

Analyses | | Justyna Gotkowska

On 22 April, the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet carried a story that two Russian Tu-22M3 bombers escorted by four Su-27 fighter aircraft took part in exercises at night on 29/30 March in international airspace,…

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On 19 April, an agreement was signed in Brussels between the governments of Serbia and Kosovo on "principles governing the normalisation of relations", which was followed by approval from Kosovo’s parliament and the Serbian government…

Analyses | | Marek Matusiak

The United National Movement has become mired in crisis following its electoral defeat bringing to an end almost a decade in power. On 19 April, the UNM led by President Mikheil Saakashvili held its first rally in the centre of Tbilisi…

Analyses | | Kamil Całus

On 22 April, the Moldovan Constitutional Court unanimously ruled that Vlad Filat may not become either acting head of the government, nor may he take this post again should he gain a parliamentary majority. In the court’s opinion, a…

Analyses | | Arkadiusz Sarna

Statistics published over the last few days have confirmed the persistence of the economic recession in Ukraine which began in mid-2012. It is mainly related to the slump in overseas markets, which are the key customers of Ukrainian…

Analyses | | Wojciech Górecki

On 18 April, about 300 Chechen policemen burst into the Ingush village of Arshty. The officers were accompanied by politicians, including the Russian Duma deputy Adam Delimkhanov. The pretext was a search for the leader of the armed…

Analyses | | Artur Ciechanowicz

On 11 April in Berlin the second German-Indian intergovernmental consultations were held. The talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were dominated by economic issues. Germany and India want to…

Analyses | | Kamil Frymark

At the convention of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) held on 14 April the party's manifesto for the September election for the Bundestag was adopted. The main points in the manifesto are the EU and energy and social issues…