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Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski

The Social-Liberal Union (USL) was the clear winner of the parliamentary election in Romania, held on 9 December. The USL had been in power since May 2012 and is a centre-left coalition of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), the National…

Analyses | | Marta Szpala

The Serbian government is declaring its chief priority is the continuation of the integration process and a quick start of accession negotiations with the EU. To this end, it has been making efforts primarily to normalise its relations…

Analyses | | Marta Szpala

On November 18, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) acquitted Croatian generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac of all the charges connected with the way the military operation against Croatian Serbs was…

Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski

On November 15, the Bulgarian state-owned gas distributor Bulgargaz signed a ten-year contract with Russian Gazprom regarding the annual purchase of 2.9 billion m3 of gas. The contract will come into force at the beginning of…

Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski, Andrzej Sadecki, Marta Szpala

Russia’s Gazprom and the state-controlled Serbian and Hungarian energy companies on 29 and 31 October passed final investment decisions concerning the construction of the Serbian and Hungarian sections of the South Stream gas pipeline.…

Analyses | | Marta Szpala

On 10 September the International Civil Office (ICO) and the International Civil Representative (ICR) ended their missions. This translates into the formal closure of the period of Kosovo's “supervised independence”. However, in reality…

Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski

On 27–29 August, Bulgaria entered into a number of important energy agreements. A contract for preparing the feasibility study for the project to develop the Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant was signed with the US-Japanese corporation,…

Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski

On 21 August, the Romanian Constitutional Court ruled that the referendum held in July to dismiss President Traian Basescu was invalid. In the referendum, the vast majority of voters supported the president's removal (87.5%), but the…

Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski

Romania is undergoing its largest political crisis in years. The verdict of the Constitutional Court about the effectiveness of the impeachment of President Traian Basescu will be issued as late as the 31th August. At the…

Analyses | | Marta Szpala

On 27th July the Serbian parliament approved the composition and programme of the new government led by Ivica Dacic with the votes of 142 members (out of 250). The main party in the coalition is the left-wing Serbian…