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Germany wants to push through changes in the European Commission’s draft regulation on subsidies for coal mining, which is not in line with the German strategy for this sector.
Analyses | | Krzysztof Strachota
Tajikistan is currently witnessing small-scale armed clashes, bomb attacks and signs of political tensions. The continuation of these trends would mean the strengthening of a ‘zone of instability’ linking Afghanistan and Central Asia.
Analyses | | Sławomir Matuszak
Considering Brussels and Kyiv’s current attitudes, the likelihood of a quick agreement is small.
On 10-12 September, the three biggest Russian TV stations broadcast programs embarrassing to the mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov. The attack on the mayor by state-controlled television may demonstrate that a part of the ruling elite is determined to force him to step down early. This is certainly an element of the struggle inside the ruling elite for succession to the post.
On 14 September, during a special session, the Belarusian parliament set the presidential election for 19 December this year. Everything indicates that the elections will end in the re-election of Alyaksandr Lukashenka, despite the escalation in tensions between Minsk and Moscow.
On 9 September Gazprom revised its budget for the year 2010. Despite pessimistic forecasts for its income (compared to the initial plans, the predicted fall will reach around 4% this year), the monopolist intends to increase its investment programme by 13%. Most of the money will be allotted to infrastructure and extraction projects. These changes indicate that new gas pipeline projects remain a priority for the company.
On 14 September, during a meeting of the presidents of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Romania in Baku, representatives of the national energy companies signed a memorandum to create a joint venture group as part of the AGRI project, creating a transport route for liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Azerbaijan to Europe via the Black Sea. This fact, together with a declaration of political support for the project issued by the presidents and the prime minister of Hungary, who was present in Baku, testifies to the great momentum behind the project.
Analyses | | Marta Szpala
As integration with the EU is a top priority for the Serbian government, it will strive to avoid confrontational rhetoric towards Kosovo and make a pretence of a willingness to establish dialogue with the government in Pristina.
The agriculture ministries of Romania and Moldova, as well as business representatives from both countries, agreed at the beginning of September that Romania will quintuple its imports of Moldovan fruit (mainly apples and grapes). This decision has an important political dimension, as it was taken after Russia imposed a partial embargo on imports of agricultural products from Moldova.
On 9 September during the session of the CDU management, Erika Steinbach, a CDU MP and the head of the Federation of the Expellees (BdV) caused indignation among her colleagues when she suggested that the German invasion of Poland was provoked by the Poles. On the Day of Small Fatherlands, celebrated on 12 September, she criticised her fellow party members for their lack of commitment to Christian Democratic values. Thus Steinbach once again divided Christian Democrats but both the party’s governing body and the CDU parliamentary group are trying to prevent an escalation of the conflict and to cut short speculation about a rift in the CDU.