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Analyses | | Kamil Frymark

On 3–5 December the CDU convention was held in Hanover. Chancellor Angela Merkel was elected the head of the party for the next term, receiving the support of 97.7% of her party. This was her best result since 2000 when she became the…

OSW Report | | Marta Zawilska-Florczuk, Konrad Popławski, , Anna Kwiatkowska-Drożdż, Piotr Buras

Zainicjowana  w maju 2011 roku, kilka miesięcy po awarii elektrowni atomowej w Fukushimie transformacja energetyczna RFN przedstawiana jest jako decyzja ostateczna, a ze względu na narzucone tempo zmian stanowi nową jakość w strategii…

Analyses | | Justyna Gotkowska

On 4 December, the NATO ministers of foreign affairs declared their solidarity for their fellow NATO-member Turkey in detering threats it is facing and defending it in the context of repeated violations of Turkey’s territory. The…

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’…

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…

Analyses | | Konrad Popławski,

On November 12, the German company Bosch announced that it intended to withdraw from the Desertec project as a technological partner. This follows the announcement by Siemens, one of the main initiators of the project, to sell off its…

Analyses | | Kamil Frymark

Chancellor Angela Merkel met for the second time with the prime ministers of the federal states to discuss the coordination of the German Energy Transformation (Energiewende) on 2 November. The third meeting has been scheduled for 21…

Analyses | | Konrad Popławski,

On 18 October Chancellor Angela Merkel presented in the Bundestag the main elements of her concept for the stabilisation of the euro zone. The chancellor believed that the key causes of the crisis are: errors in the structure of the…

Analyses | | Anna Kwiatkowska-Drożdż, Konrad Popławski,
On 4 October, the EU commissioner for energy, Gunther Oettinger warned of the excessive costs of climate protection which are leading to deindustrialisation and – as a consequence – to a dramatic fall in industry’s share in the…