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Analyses | | Anna Kwiatkowska-Drożdż, Marta Zawilska-Florczuk

The parliamentary election on 22 September ended in spectacular victory for the Christian Democrats, who would have gained an outright majority had they won only five more seats. To form a government, they will have to enter into tough…

Analyses | | Wojciech Konończuk, Tadeusz A. Olszański

In September, Ukraine’s parliament passed part of the ‘European laws’ necessary to sign the Association Agreement with the EU. The unprecedented tempo with which the regulations expected by the EU have been passed indicates that the…

Analyses | | Andrzej Wilk

On 20-26 September, the active (military) phase of the strategic-level exercises held by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus, entitled ‘West 2013’, were held. The scenario and nature of the exercises leave no doubt that the Russian/…

Analyses | | Kamil Frymark

The Central Office for International Vocational Education and Training Co-operation was launched as part of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training on 12 September. The office has the goal of assisting in the…

Analyses | | Marta Szpala

On 15 September, the centre-left government led by Edi Rama won a vote of confidence in the Albanian parliament. The takeover of power by Rama’s coalition put an end to the political career of Sali Berisha, who had played a key role in…

Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski

Protests in Romania against the plans to launch a gold mine in the Transylvanian commune Rosia Montana have been mounting  over the past two weeks. The Save Rosia Montana campaign has been the most rapidly developing Romanian protest…

Analyses | | Witold Rodkiewicz

The American and Russian foreign ministers , John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov, signed a framework agreement on 14 September envisaging international supervisionand eventual liquidation of Syrian chemical weapons. The deal does not mean that…

Analyses | | Aleksandra Jarosiewicz

The President of China, Xi Jinping, toured Central Asia between 3-13 September, visiting Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and finally Kyrgyzstan, where he took part in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit. It was the first…

OSW Commentary | | Marta Zawilska-Florczuk

The political campaign before Germany’s parliamentary elections to be held on 22 September has in all its glory reflected the trends visible during the last four years of the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel – the strength of the…

OSW Commentary | | Kamil Kłysiński

Over the past ten to twenty years, Belarus has seen a steep rise in the number of local dollar millionaires. This has somewhat undermined the myth of an egalitarian model of society promoted through the Belarusian state propaganda.