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Analyses | | Aleksandra Jarosiewicz

Vladimir Putin visited Baku on 13 August. The most important effect of the visit was the framework co-operation agreement signed by Rosneft and the Azeri energy company SOCAR. The deal indicates that Russia, in exchange for refraining…

Analyses | | Katarzyna Chawryło Jarzyńska, Wojciech Górecki

There have been a number of ethnic incidents over the past few weeks in the Russian regions bordering the Northern Caucasian republics: in Rostov Oblast, Stavropol Krai and Krasnodar Krai., where Sochi, the host of the 2014 Winter…

Analyses | | Agata Wierzbowska-Miazga, Tadeusz Iwański

Both the actions and statements made by the Russian government indicate that Russia will not accept Ukraine signing the Association Agreement with the EU, and is determined to prevent this from happening. On the other hand, the attitude…

Analyses | | Konrad Popławski

Over the past few days, the SPD has intensified its attacks on the policy adopted by Chancellor Angela Merkel for dealing with the eurozone crisis. The direct pretext for these attacks emerged during an election rally on 21 August, when…

Analyses | | Justyna Gotkowska

If the USA and its European allies decide to intervene without a UNSC mandate, Germany will probably not take part in the operation. On the level of rhetoric, it may claim that the intervention is contrary to international law, but it…

Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski

The announcement of early elections has brought to an end the months-long crisis on the Czech political scene, which was caused in June by a spectacular series of raids by the Czech police and prosecutors on the inner circle of the then…

OSW Commentary | | Katarzyna Chawryło Jarzyńska

The Russian economy needs immigrants, and taking the demographic and economic trends into account, this dependence will rise exponentially in the future. It therefore follows that adopting a restrictive immigration policy and stoking…

Analyses | | Marek Matusiak

On 5 August, an Istanbul court passed sentences in the Ergenekon case, which has been ongoing since 2008. Along with ‘Balyoz’, a similar case concerning conspiracy concluded last autumn, it was an attempt to deal legally with the ‘…

Analyses | | Kamil Kłysiński

On 29 July, a Russian company producing potash fertilisers, Uralkali, decided to withdraw from its cooperation with the BKK, which it established together with the Belarusian potash producer Bielkali. Uralkali’s exit from BKK should…

Analyses | | Witold Rodkiewicz

On 1 August, the Russian government granted temporary asylum to Edward Snowden. Moscow’s decision will not cause the Obama administration to abandon its ‘reset’ policy in relations with Russia. It will however, make implementation of…