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Analyses | | Kamil Kłysiński, Agata Wierzbowska-Miazga

On 22 November, the head of the Russian company Gazprom. Aleksei Miller, paid a visit to Belarus. He opened the upgraded Zapadnaya gas distribution station in Minsk and met members of the Belarusian government. In his talks with…

Analyses | | Rafał Sadowski

On 19 November, the EU Council acknowledged that Moldova has completed the first phase of the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan (VLAP), and agreed that it can move onto the second phase. Fulfilling the VLAP should lead to the abolition of…

Analyses | | Kamil Całus

On 20 November, Yevgeny Shevchuk, the leader of Transnistria, gave his stamp to a new concept of foreign policy of this breakaway republic. The document indicates complete economic, cultural and ultimately also political integration…

Analyses | | Aleksandra Jarosiewicz

On 20 November, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Kazakhstan lodged a motion in court seeking a ban on the organisations Alga!, Halyk Maidany and a number of mass media, including the TV stations K+ and Stan.tv, the newspapers

Analyses | | Rafał Bajczuk, Konrad Popławski,

Following Germany’s decision to cease using nuclear energy, coal’s share in electricity production has increased again. Whereas in 2010 coal was used to produce 41.8% of electric energy in Germany, in 2011 its share grew to 43.1%. Given…

Analyses | | Artur Ciechanowicz

The Institute of Contemporary History in Munich (IfZ) has published a report entitled ‘Activists with a past’ on the Nazi past of the first activists of the Federation of Expellees (BdV), which was established in 1957. Historians’…

OSW Commentary | | Tadeusz A. Olszański

The All-Ukrainian Association ‘Svoboda’ scored an unexpected success in the parliamentary elections, winning support from over 10% of the voters and entering the select group of Ukrainian parliamentary parties which operate at a…

Analyses | | Witold Rodkiewicz

On 16 November, the U.S.House of Representatives approved the lifting of the so-called Jackson-Vanik amendment, thus clearing the way for the Russian Federation to enjoy permanent normal trade relations with the United States. At the…

Analyses | | Jadwiga Rogoża

In recent weeks, many corruption scandals have come to light in Russia: the scope of the investigation into fraud in the Ministry of Defence’s subject company Oboronservis (which led to the resignation of the minister Anatoly Serdyukov…

Analyses | | Anna Kwiatkowska-Drożdż, Witold Rodkiewicz

The 14th German-Russian intergovernmental consultations took place in Moscow on 16 November. The meeting had originally been scheduled for October, but it was delayed due to the ongoing cooling of political relations between Berlin and…