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On 25 June, the German Minister of Foreign Affairs Guido Westerwelle paid a brief visit to Chisinau. Presumably his main goal was to consult with the Moldovan authorities over the resumption of talks on the resolution of the…
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Nico Lange, head of the Ukrainian branch of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, was detained on 26 April at Kyiv–Boryspol airport and was not allowed to enter Ukrainian territory. According to Mr. Lange, his detention was ordered by the…
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The annual report of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) for 2009 was released 21 June this year on the topic of security threats for Germany. The head of the Ministry of the Interior Thomas de Maiziere,…
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Mid-June saw the publication of a ranking of CO2 emitters among EU firms. The top places were taken by German firms – RWE and E.ON. Those firms are encountering considerable costs in purchasing carbon emission credits and…
OSW Commentary | | Justyna Gotkowska
Germany has set its own bilateral cooperation with partner countries in the east above the joint projects of the Eastern Partnership. In doing so, Berlin's guiding principle is that German money allocated for the projects on…
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The government’s proposal to introduce a tax on fuel used in nuclear power plants, presented on 7 June, was met with sharp criticism from many CDU politicians who fear an increase in energy prices and are calling for an extension of…
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On 9 June the Ministry of Economy announced that it had rejected the motion presented by General Motors about loan guarantees worth EUR 1.1 billion for restructuring Opel. The Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle (FDP) justified this…
Analyses | | Marta Zawilska-Florczuk
Defeat for the candidate representing the government team in the presidential election may aggravate the federal government’s problems and weaken Angela Merkel’s position in the CDU.
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Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Dmitry Medvedev met on 4–5 June in Meseberg near Berlin. The joint proposal for establishing an EU-Russia assembly for European security issues which was presented after the meeting…
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On 1 June, the Polish-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce published the results of a questionnaire conducted among German entrepreneurs operating in Central and Eastern Europe. According to the data, Poland has been ranked…