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Analyses | | Natalia Orłowska-Chyż

In recent weeks, the media have reported a number of statements by representatives of the Belarusian State Border Committee (SBC), who have threatened to weaken their protection of the border with EU states, in response to the EU…

Analyses | | Iwona Wiśniewska
On 22 May, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree concerning the principles for privatising the Russian energy sector during 2013-15. The President has decided that by 2015, the state company Rosneftegaz will have bought up the…
Analyses | | Aleksandra Jarosiewicz
The organisation of the Eurovision Song Contest, the final of which was held on 26 May in Baku, was of huge significance for national prestige to the government in Baku. This was the first event in Azerbaijan to attract such global…
Analyses | | Aleksandra Jarosiewicz, Marek Matusiak
On 22 May, at the third reading, the Georgian parliament passed an amendment to the constitution allowing EU citizens to stand in elections if they have lived in Georgia for at least five years. These amendments have been introduced…
Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski
Since the centre-left Social-Liberal Union (USL) came to power in Romania in May, a new, tension filled chapter has opened up in what had been good relations between Romania and Hungary. Victor Ponta’s cabinet has been sharply…
Analyses | | Joanna Hyndle-Hussein
The question as to whether the Russian Federation should assume responsibility for the occupation of the Baltic states is one of the key elements of the political dispute which prevents Moscow from normalising relations with Vilnius…
Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski
On 25 May, a group of Czech senators from the areas where possible deposits of shale gas have been discovered announced that they had prepared a bill imposing a ban on the use of the hydraulic fracturing method in the Czech Republic…
Analyses | | Anna Kwiatkowska-Drożdż
The implementation of the key guidelines of the new energy strategy, such as the development of the transmission networks, the construction of small and efficient conventional power plants, and the reduction of subsidies for the…
OSW Commentary | | Tadeusz Iwański

The countries of Eastern European and China have been increasingly interested in deepening bilateral contacts over the past few years. In the case of Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova this has been caused by the bad economic situation which…

OSW Commentary | | Rafał Sadowski

In 2011 the European Union began a process aimed at reforming its policy on the Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood. The change in circumstances in neighbouring countries following the Arab Spring, along with the lack of significant…