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Analyses | | Artur Ciechanowicz

The Social Democrats demanded that Chancellor Angela Merkel provide explanations concerning abuses while asylum and refugee status are being granted by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

Chinese investments in the Czech Republic: changing the expansion model
Analyses | | Krzysztof Dębiec, Jakub Jakóbowski

The serious financial problems of the private company CEFC China Energy have affected the company’s activities in the Czech Republic.

With Russia right across the border
OSW Studies | | Piotr Szymański

Finland sees Russia as a source of opportunities and threats. On the one hand, Russia is an important trade partner. On the other hand, Finland is concerned by the Russian vision of the international order based on great powers’ spheres of influence, and by Russia’s increasing military capabilities.

Germany’s defence budget – more rhetoric than money
Analyses | | Justyna Gotkowska

On 2nd May the German federal government adopted a draft budget and a financial plan for 2018–2022.

Analyses | | Iwona Wiśniewska

On 22 May, the Russian State Duma adopted a law on measures to counter the hostile actions of the United States and other countries (the so-called counter-sanctions law). 

Poroshenko stands alone. Ukraine politics in a pre-election year
OSW Commentary | | Tadeusz Iwański

The year 2019 will be an election year in Ukraine, with a presidential election in the spring and a parliamentary election in the autumn.

Rebuilding Germany’s air defence capabilities: on the eve of crucial decisions
OSW Commentary | | Justyna Gotkowska

As NATO has returned its focus to collective defence since 2014, very short, short-range and medium-range surface-based air defence has become a desirable capability. 

A new opening in relations between the EU and the Western Balkans
OSW Commentary | | Marta Szpala

The EU-Western Balkans summit held on 17 May in Sofia is one example of the EU’s increasing interest in the Balkan states which aspire to membership.

Analyses | | Wojciech Górecki

On 12 May, the Armenian prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, concluded the formation of his cabinet.

The opening of the bridge from Russia to Crimea
Analyses | | Iwona Wiśniewska, Jan Strzelecki

On 15 May, Vladimir Putin officially opened the bridge connecting Russia with the Crimean Peninsula via the Kerch Strait.