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Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski

In mid-May, the centre-right President Traian Basescu authorised Prime Minister Victor Ponta to represent the country at the European Council summit on 22 May. Up to that point, the question of who was to participate at international…

Analyses | | Justyna Gotkowska

On 14 May, the German Ministry of Defence announced it would be withdrawing from the planned purchased of the Euro Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles. Germany abandoning one of its largest armament programmes has turned into an unprecedented…

Analyses | | Witold Rodkiewicz

Last week, there were reports in the pres s that Russia had supplied technologically advanced missiles to Syria. These deliveries, together with the presence of the Russian Navy off the Syrian coast, are an expression of the Kremlin’s…

Analyses | | Ewa Fischer

Weaker than expected economic growth rates in the first quarter of this year have led the Russian government to revise its estimates of GDP growth in 2013 downwards from 3.7 to 2.4%. Although the economy has already entered a period of…

Analyses | | Aleksandra Jarosiewicz

Tension has been rising in the Southern Caucasus over the past few months. This is primarily an effect of the upcoming presidential elections in Georgia and Azerbaijan (October) and the fact that another stage bringing the region closer…

OSW Commentary | | Kamil Całus

The economy of breakaway Transnistria is a peculiar combination of the command-and-distribution model inherited from the USSR with elements of a free-market economy which is heavily dependent on Russian energy and financial subsidies.…

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On 9 May the Latvian parliament adopted amendments to the citizenship law following two years of work. The amendments concern above all the possibility of dual citizenship. The amended law enters into force in October 2013 and lays out…

Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski

On 9 May the centre-left Alenka Bratusek government, which has been in power for two months, presented a reform plan for 2013-2014 that is intended to help lift Slovenia out of the banking and economic crisis. The state-dominated…

Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski

On 12 May early parliamentary elections were held in Bulgaria. They were called as a result of the biggest public protests against the low standard of living and the entire political class since the mid-1990s. These elections have not…

Analyses | | Aleksandra Jarosiewicz

On 11 May the first direct railway connection in history between Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan was opened. The newly established route is the first railway infrastructure project to link both countries, bypassing the territory of…