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Editors: Sławomir Dębski (PISM Director), Bartosz Wiśniewski (Head of Research Office), Rafał Tarnogórski (Managing Editor), Karolina Borońska-Hryniewiecka, Anna Maria Dyner, Aleksandra Gawlikowska-Fyk, Sebastian Płóciennik, Patrycja Sasnal, Justyna Szczudlik, Marcin Terlikowski, Tomasz Żornaczuk

20 November 2017
no. 70/2017
PISM Spotlight: No “Jamaica” Coalition in Germany: What Next?

Discussions in Germany about the possibility of a coalition between the Christian Democrats (CDU), the Liberals (FDP), and the Greens persisted for several weeks. The mounting divergences have escalated in recent days and led to a breakdown in the talks. Germany is now faced with a choice of new negotiations between the political parties, a minority government, or new elections.

Sebastian Płóciennik
16 November 2017
no. 69/2017
PISM Spotlight: Expo 2022: For Łódź, a Failed Campaign but Still a Success

On 15 November, members of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) in Paris selected Buenos Aires as host of Specialised Expo 2023. In the first round, the Argentine capital faced the United States (Minnesota) and in the second round, Poland’s candidate, Łódź. The proposed theme of the Polish exhibition was “City Re: Invented.”

Adriana Skorupska
08 November 2017
no. 68/2017
PISM Spotlight: Russian Military Potential: The Reinforcements Balance

On 7 November, during a meeting of the leadership of the Russian Ministry of Defence, the head of the General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, summed up the last five years of reform of the country’s armed forces. According to data presented by him, Russia attaches great importance to strengthening its western flank and its Strategic (nuclear) Forces.

Anna Maria Dyner
06 November 2017
no. 67/2017
PISM Spotlight: Bonn Climate Summit Opens

On 6 November, the global climate summit in Bonn opened, the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Its aim is to prepare the rules of implementation of the Paris agreement, with a final decision on them taken at the next climate summit to be held in Katowice in 2018.

Marek Wąsiński
31 October 2017
no. 66/2017
PISM Spotlight: The Significance of Patriarch Kirill’s Visit to Romania

On 26–28 October, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia visited Bucharest on the invitation of the primate of the Romanian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Daniel. This visit was important because of the ongoing rivalry between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople for primacy over the Orthodox world.

Jakub Pieńkowski
31 October 2017
no. 65/2017
PISM Spotlight: The Catalonian Declaration of Independence

On 27 October, the parliament of Catalonia adopted a declaration of independence. In response, Spain implemented a procedure provided for in Art. 155 of its constitution to suspend the autonomy of the region and transfer power to the central government. Other states, including Poland, have declared they will respect the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and unity of the Kingdom of Spain.

Rafał Tarnogórski
26 October 2017
no. 64/2017
PISM Spotlight: Council of the EU Position on the Posted-Workers Directive

During a meeting of the EU Council on 23 October, EU Employment Ministers reached agreement on the Council position on the proposed posted-workers Directive. Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, and Latvia voted against it. The UK, Ireland and Croatia abstained. All others were in favour. This is not the end of the legislative process, but the Directive’s final shape is likely to be similar to the one the Council worked on.

Jolanta Szymańska
23 October 2017
no. 63/2017
PISM Spotlight: The Brexit Negotiations after the European Council Summit
The European Council (EUCO) summit of 19–20 October was to assess Stage One of the Brexit negotiations. Its aim was to determine whether to authorise the opening of Stage Two talks. In the background have been challenges in the UK to Theresa May’s premiership.

Przemysław Biskup
18 October 2017
no. 62/2017
PISM Spotlight: New Memorial on Verecke Pass Raises Tensions

On 15 October, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, the deputy prime minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, opened a memorial complex on Verecke Pass, in western Ukraine, dedicated to the fighters of the so-called “Carpatho-Ukraine.” The Ukrainian accusations mentioned on the monument against Poles are a serious burden on modern relations with Poland. This policy will continue to inflame tensions with Ukraine’s neighbours into the future.

Łukasz Jasina
17 October 2017
no. 61/2017
PISM Spotlight: 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress

On 18 October, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will start its 19th Congress. About a week later, a newly elected Central Committee (CC) will hold its first plenary session. These two gatherings are the most important political events in China this year. With it, Xi Jinping hopes to confirm his leadership and consolidate his power. There also might be some signals about Xi’s successor. But there is also a possibility to start preparation for an extension of Xi’s leadership to a third term.

Justyna Szczudlik
17 October 2017
no. 60/2017
PISM Spotlight: Elections in Austria: A Clear Gain for the Right
The snap elections to the National Council (Nationalrat) of Austria were won by the Austrian People’s Party (OVP) with 31.5% of the vote. The Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPO), led by Chancellor Christian Kern, came in second with 26.9%. The far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPO) took third with 26.0%. The 4% electoral threshold was also exceeded by the New Austria and Liberal Forum (NEOS), with 5.3%, and the leftist party List Pilz, with 4.4%.

Łukasz Ogrodnik
16 October 2017
no. 59/2017
PISM Spotlight: The Trump Administration’s “Decertification” of the Iran Nuclear Deal

On 13 October, President Donald Trump presented the new U.S. policy on Iran. These were not accompanied by a regular report on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the 2015 multi-nation nuclear deal with Iran, i.e. its “certification” to Congress. Trump instead de facto put this key element of American policy towards Iran into the hands of Congress.

Marcin Andrzej Piotrowski
13 October 2017
no. 58/2017
PISM Spotlight: Reconciliation Agreement between Fatah and Hamas

Fatah and Hamas signed an agreement on political reconciliation on 12 September in Cairo. The end of the conflict between them that has lasted since 2007 might have a positive impact on the larger peace process with Israel only if it is the next step towards the de-radicalisation of Hamas.

Michał Wojnarowicz
06 October 2017
no. 57/2017
PISM Spotlight: Saudi King’s Visit to Russia
King Salman paid the first official visit to Russia by a Saudi monarch on 4–8 October. The visit attests to the growing commonality of interests between the two countries, as well as to at least a tactical surmounting of differences on regional security issues.

Patrycja Sasnal
03 October 2017
no. 56/2017
PISM Spotlight: Referendum in Catalonia

On 1 October, a referendum on the independence of Catalonia took place. According to local authorities, 90% of the participants voted in favour of secession. The referendum, however, was illegal according to Spain’s central authorities.

Jolanta Szymańska, Przemysław Biskup
26 September 2017
no. 54/2017
PISM Spotlight: Theresa May’s Florence Speech

On 22 September 2017, Theresa May was in Florence to deliver her first major speech since the general election outlining her vision of Brexit. 

Przemysław Biskup
26 September 2017
no. 54/2017
PISM Spotlight: Elections in Germany: Merkel Victorious, but Weakened

The parliamentary elections in Germany have been won by the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) with 32.9% of the votes, ahead of the Social Democrats (SPD), who had only 20.5%. Among the smaller parties, Alternative for Germany (AfD) was the most successful, with more than 12.6% of votes. The list of clear winners includes also the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP), which with 10.7% returns to the Bundestag after a four-year break. The Greens and Die Linke also had moderate success, achieving 8.9% and 9.2%, respectively.

Sebastian Płóciennik
21 September 2017
no. 53/2017
PISM Spotlight: Provisional Entry into Force of the EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement (CETA)
On 21 September, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Canada entered into force provisionally. The agreement terminates most of the existing tariffs, eliminates barriers to trade in services and can become a benchmark for prospective free trade agreements making EU standards more common.

Marek Wąsiński
14 September 2017
no. 52/2017
PISM Spotlight: State of the Union

On 13 September, Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his State of the Union address at the European Parliament (EP). In the speech, he outlined his vision of a “ever-more-united Union.” The horizon for fulfilling the key proposals he has called for was set for 2019, the end of the present EP and European Commission mandate.

Jolanta Szymańska
12 September 2017
no. 51/2017
PISM Spotlight: Political Consequences of Saakashvili’s Return to Ukraine

Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia and ex-head of the Odesa Regional State Administration, returned to Ukraine on 10 September at a border crossing with Poland. He had been stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship at the end of July by Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, supposedly for concealing in 2015 from the Ukrainian migration service that he had been under investigation in Georgia.

Daniel Szeligowski
07 September 2017
no. 50/2017
PISM Spotlight: CJEU Dismisses Complaints by Slovakia and Hungary on Refugee Relocation

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has dismissed complaints by Hungary and Slovakia seeking annulment of a Council of the EU decision to relocate asylum-seekers in countries across the bloc. In the proceedings before the court, Poland supported the applicants’ positions.

Jolanta Szymańska
06 September 2017
no. 49/2017
PISM Spotlight: BRICS Summit in China

The ninth annual BRICS summit, which took place in Xiamen, China, on 3–5 September, illustrated the growing differences within the group. The gathering of heads of state or government of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa displayed a more distinct attempt to exploit the forum for particular Chinese interests. 

Marcin Przychodniak
04 September 2017
no. 48/2017
PISM Spotlight: Significance of North Korea’s Latest Nuclear Test

On 3 September, North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear weapons test, afterward declaring the device had been a thermonuclear variant. Preliminary estimates from seismic monitoring put the test (called Kim-6) at a yield of more than 100-120 kilotons. This is at least 10 times as powerful as tests conducted between 2006 and 2016, which adds to the credibility of claims that a hydrogen device was used.

Marcin Andrzej Piotrowski
28 August 2017
no. 47/2017
PISM Spotlight: Zapad 2017 Scenario

The Zapad 2017 military exercises will take place between 14 and 20 September on the territory of Belarus and Russia. The scenario leaked to the public indicates it will simulate a “Western” military incursion into Belarus. It will be the biggest combined test of combat readiness for the armies of both states.

Anna Maria Dyner
25 August 2017
no. 46/2017
PISM Spotlight: The French President’s Meeting with the Heads of Government of the Slavkov Triangle

On 23 August in Salzburg, Austria, French President Emmanuel Macron met with leaders of the Slavkov Triangle (S3), a grouping of three Central European countries: Austria, Czech Republic, and Slovakia, established in 2015. Among the leaders were Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico. Macron’s visit to Central Europe also includes Romania and Bulgaria.

Łukasz Jurczyszyn, Łukasz Ogrodnik
02 August 2017
no. 45/2017
PISM Spotlight: Crisis in Venezuela
On 30 July, an election for Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly took place at the behest of President Nicolás Maduro. The Assembly is supposed to write a new constitution. For the Venezuelan opposition and the international community—including countries of the region, the U.S., and the EU—the election was another phase in the undermining of the constitutional order and reduced the chances of resolving the multi-faceted crisis affecting Venezuela for the last few years.

Bartłomiej Znojek
27 July 2017
no. 44/2017
PISM Spotlight: Temple Mount Access Crisis

A terrorist attack at Temple Mount in Jerusalem on 14 July and its aftermath led to a crisis in Israeli-Palestinian relations. Although it is unlikely that the tensions will escalate into a wider Palestinian uprising, they contribute to further radicalisation.

Michał Wojnarowicz
25 July 2017
no. 43/2017
PISM Spotlight: Tensions between Germany and Turkey Rise

Tensions have increased between Germany and Turkey since the arrest of Peter Steudtner, a German human-rights activist, on terrorism charges in Turkey. Germany’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel declared a “recalibration” of his country’s policy towards Turkey.

Karol Wasilewski
21 July 2017
no. 42/2017
PISM Spotlight: V4+Israel Summit in Budapest

On 19 July, the prime ministers of the Visegrad Group (V4) met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Budapest. The meeting confirmed the potential for cooperation between the countries, but the wider perception of it may have been affected by sharp comments Netanyahu made about the EU at a closed-door meeting of the prime ministers that became public.

Michał Wojnarowicz, Łukasz Ogrodnik
17 July 2017
no. 41/2017
PISM Spotlight: Visit of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Poland

On July 17–19, Prince William and Princess Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will pay an official visit to Poland, visiting Warsaw, Gdańsk and Sztutowo (Stuthoff) as part of their European journey. During the visit, they will pay tribute to the victims of totalitarianism, and then move on to Germany, where they intend to visit the Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin.

Łukasz Jasina
14 July 2017
no. 40/2017
PISM Spotlight: 19th EU-Ukraine Summit

On 12-13 July, the 19th EU-Ukraine Summit took place in Kyiv. The meeting was important given the recently completed ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (AA), as well as the start of visa-free travel for citizens of Ukraine. However, it once again confirmed the differences between the EU and Ukraine when it comes to the future of their relations.

Daniel Szeligowski
14 July 2017
no. 39/2017
PISM Spotlight: Political Agreement on a Free Trade Area between EU and Japan

The European Union and Japan on 6 July signed a political agreement on an economic partnership. It does not mean the conclusion of talks, but it supports the negotiating process and puts pressure on other trade partners, especially the United States.

Marek Wąsiński, Damian Wnukowski
11 July 2017
no. 38/2017
PISM Spotlight: Trump-Putin Meeting in Hamburg

The first meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin as leaders of their respective countries took place on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg on 7 July. The course and reported outcome of the meeting show that the Trump administration faces difficulty in establishing even limited cooperation with Russia, mainly because of internal pressure in the U.S. Russia cannot count on achieving its most important goal—the abolition of sanctions.

Anna Maria Dyner
11 July 2017
no. 37/2017
PISM Spotlight: G20 Summit in Hamburg: Disputes with the U.S. on Climate and Trade

The G20 Summit in Hamburg on 7-8 July showed the divisions between the U.S. and the other members on such important issues as climate protection and international trade. It also confirmed the enlargement of the G20 agenda, which besides traditional economic topics embraces such issues as fighting terrorism and migration.

Damian Wnukowski
07 July 2017
no. 36/2017
PISM Spotlight: President Trump’s Foreign Policy Speech in Warsaw

Trump used the opportunity of his visit to Poland (6 July) to give his most important foreign policy address since taking office—and the first one outside of the United States. The speech helped dissipate some doubts surrounding the substance of U.S. foreign policy. Still, the country’s policymaking process is marked by internal tensions.

Bartosz Wiśniewski
30 June 2017
no. 35/2017
PISM Spotlight: U.S., South Korea in Talks about Stability of Korean Peninsula

Developments on the Korean Peninsula have dominated the talks between the presidents of the United States and South Korea in Washington on 29–30 June. The degree of distrust and difference in mutual expectations between the U.S. and North Korea makes de-escalation of tensions in the region unlikely.

Bartosz Wiśniewski
29 June 2017
no. 34/2017
PISM Spotlight: European Commission on the Future of EU Finances

On 26 June, the European Commission published the fifth and last reflection paper accompanying a “White Paper on the Future of Europe” published in March this year. In its reflection paper, the EC presented five scenarios for the EU budget in line with the options outlined in the white paper.

Patryk Toporowski
29 June 2017
no. 33/2017
PISM Spotlight: 12th Summit of the Pacific Alliance

On 29–30 June, Cali, Colombia, will play host to the 12th Summit of the Pacific Alliance, a regional bloc composed of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. For Poland, an observer country since July 2015, the cooperation with the grouping is one of its main areas of engagement in Latin America.

Bartłomiej Znojek
29 June 2017
no. 32/2017
PISM Spotlight: U.S.-India Partnership Strengthened after Trump-Modi Meeting

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi paid an official visit to the U.S. on 25–26 June. It was aimed at a renewal of the India-U.S. strategic partnership. Modi’s first meeting with American President Donald Trump exceeded expectations and prepared the groundwork for stronger cooperation in the future. 

Patryk Kugiel
28 June 2017
no. 31/2017
PISM Spotlight: PESCO: The EU Deepens Defence Integration
Following a period of stagnation, defence integration in the EU is gaining speed. At the beginning of June, the European Commission launched the European Defence Fund to co-finance development of defence technologies and military capabilities in the EU. At the European Summit on 22 June, the European Council (EUCO) decided to allow a group of willing states to establish a defence core in the Union.

Marcin Terlikowski
24 June 2017
no. 30/2017
PISM Spotlight: Interview with Macron Shows He Seeks Further Integration of the Eurozone and Expects Difficult Relations with the Visegrad Group

In an interview with Emmanuel Macron published on 21 June in eight large European journals—Le Soir, Le Temps, Le Figaro, The Guardian, Corriere della Sera, El País, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and Gazeta Wyborcza—the French president criticised some Central European countries, including Poland, for violating EU rules and threatened they would “bear all the political consequences.”

Łukasz Jurczyszyn
21 June 2017
no. 29/2017
PISM Spotlight: Presidents Donald Trump and Petro Poroshenko Meet

On 19–20 June, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko paid a working visit to the United States, where he met with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Daniel Szeligowski
21 June 2017
no. 28/2017
PISM Spotlight: Meeting of Prime Ministers of the Visegrad Group and Benelux

On 19 June, prime ministers of the Visegrad Group and Benelux met in Warsaw. Also, Poland symbolically handed over the V4 presidency to Hungary, which will officially begin its role on 1 July.

Łukasz Ogrodnik
20 June 2017
no. 27/2017
PISM Spotlight: President Macron’s Party Triumphs in Parliamentary Elections

With historically low turnout (42.6%), the presidential alliance of La République en Marche! (LRM) and Democratic Movement (MoD) won the parliamentary elections in France, winning 350 of the 577 seats. The centre-right Republicans Party (LR) took 130 seats, becoming the main opposition group. Following them were the Socialist Party (PS, 34), the alliance of the party Unsubmissive France and the French Communist Party (27), and then National Front (FN, 8).

Łukasz Jurczyszyn
12 June 2017
no. 26/2017
PISM Spotlight: European Defence Fund: Financial Support for the EU Defence Industry

The launch of the European Defence Fund is a ground-breaking decision. For the first time, money from the EU budget will be used to directly finance research into new defence technologies and support Member States in developing military capabilities. The goal of the fund is to build EU strategic autonomy and deepen European integration in security and defence policy.

Marcin Terlikowski
12 June 2017
no. 25/2017
PISM Spotlight: Tories Lose Their Absolute Majority in UK General Election

The Conservative Party has won the snap general election in the UK, but lost the absolute majority in the House of Commons it has enjoyed since 2015. Prime Minister Theresa May needs Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) support to form a new government.

Jolanta Szymańska
09 June 2017
no. 24/2017
PISM Spotlight: Poland to Host Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Poland in early July. The visit will strengthen the new U.S. administration’s relations with allies in Central Europe, especially in the economic realm prioritised by Trump.

Bartosz Wiśniewski
08 June 2017
no. 23/2017
PISM Spotlight: U.S. LNG Delivery to Poland
The delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States to Poland, scheduled for 8 June, has no precedent. Natural gas shipped from the Sabine Pass liquefaction facility in the Gulf of Mexico—so far, the sole LNG exporting facility in the United States since the start of the “shale revolution”—will reach Central Europe for the first time. The delivery testifies to the positive trends on the global LNG market for a country like Poland. 

Bartosz Wiśniewski
06 June 2017
no. 22/2017
PISM Spotlight: Arab Diplomatic Crisis

On 5 June, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed diplomatic relations with Qatar. The move serves Saudi Arabia in consolidating its leadership of an anti-Iranian alliance of Arab countries.

Patrycja Sasnal
02 June 2017
no. 21/2017
PISM Spotlight: Poland Elected as Non-Permanent Member of the UN Security Council

On 2 June, Poland was elected for the sixth time by the UN General Assembly as a non-permanent member of the Security Council. The two-year term will start on 1 January 2018. It will be Poland’s second term since the start of its modern democratic transition in 1989 (it first sat on the Council in 1996–1997).

Rafał Tarnogórski
02 June 2017
no. 20/2017
PISM Spotlight: U.S. Announces Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

On 1 June, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. It will take at least three years to complete. In the meantime, Trump said the U.S. will seek to re-negotiate the Paris accord or strike a new agreement. Even if the U.S. fully pulls out, the Paris agreement will remain in force, but international efforts to limit climate change will be less effective.

Marek Wąsiński
02 June 2017
no. 19/2017
PISM Spotlight: EU-China Summit: Taking Advantage of the “Trump Effect”?

The upcoming EU-China summit (1–2 July) will be overwhelmed by concerns over U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionism. The need to speed up the talks on a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) and more dynamic cooperation on China’s “Belt and Road” initiative cannot be excluded. 

Marcin Przychodniak
01 June 2017
no. 18/2018
PISM Spotlight: Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal Ruling in Gazprom-Naftogaz Case

On 31 May, a Stockholm arbitration tribunal rejected a multi-billion-dollar claim by Gazprom against Naftogaz for breach of a gas-supply contract. This is just the first ruling of the tribunal in this case, but it may have crucial financial and political consequences for both Naftogaz and Gazprom.

Bartosz Bieliszczuk, Aleksandra Gawlikowska-Fyk
01 June 2017
no. 17/2017
PISM Spotlight: Eurozone Reform: European Commission’s Vision

At the end of May, the European Commission presented proposals for reform of the economic and monetary union. That sets the next stage in the discussion on the future of integration that was launched before the jubilee summit in Rome with the publication of integration scenarios. The Commission’s proposals are very general but have a clear political message: the eurozone crisis is over and it’s time to finalise integration in this area.

Sebastian Płóciennik
26 May 2017
no. 16/2017
PISM Spotlight: NATO Special Meeting in Brussels

A special meeting of NATO heads of state and government on 25 May was the first opportunity for discussion as a group with new U.S. President Donald Trump. The meeting did not dispel concerns about the U.S. commitment to Europe but confirmed the new administration’s priority is to push the European Allies into sharing more of the financial burden.

Artur Kacprzyk
22 May 2017
no. 15/2017
PISM Spotlight: President Trump's Visit to Israel

On 22-23 May, U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Israel. His visit is meant to portray his administration as more willing to consider Israel's strategic interests than did President Barack Obama's.

Michał Wojnarowicz
22 May 2017
no. 14/2017
PISM Spotlight: Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia

U.S. President Donald Trump’s first foreign trip began in Saudi Arabia. The trip is intended to project a change in U.S. policy in the Middle East. 

Patrycja Sasnal
18 May 2017
no. 13/2017
PISM Spotlight: Iranian Presidential Elections

Presidential elections in Iran will be held on 19 May. The strongest candidates are Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s current president, and Ebrahim Raisi, who is said to be a favourite of Iran’s Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Khamenei.

Karol Wasilewski
16 May 2017
no. 12/2017
PISM Spotlight: Campaign for the Bundestag after the Local Elections in North Rhine-Westphalia

The North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) election saw CDU win with 33% support, ahead of the now-ruling SPD, which took 31.5% of the vote. The third force in the local parliament will be the liberals from FDP, who received 12.5%. Because of the importance of this state, the outcome sets the stage for the Bundestag elections in September.

Miłosława Fijałkowska
13 May 2017
no. 11/2017
PISM Spotlight: “Belt and Road” Forum: China’s Political Offensive

The “Belt and Road” forum will take place on 14–15 May in Beijing. Twenty-nine world leaders will attend, including Poland Prime Minister Beata Szydło. China has focused enormous attention on this event.

Marcin Przychodniak
11 May 2017
no. 10/2017
PISM Spotlight: South Korea’s Foreign Policy under New President

South Korea’s centre-left candidate from the Democratic Party, Moon Jae-in, won the presidential elections on 9 May, ending a political crisis that had lasted several months and culminated in the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. Moon proposes greater openness to North Korea, firmness in relations with the U.S., and better ties with China. 

Justyna Szczudlik
07 May 2017
no. 9/2017
PISM Spotlight: Emmanuel Macron is France’s Next President

Emmanuel Macron won the race for the French presidency on Sunday, collecting 66.06% of the popular vote. Macron’s rival, the leader of the far-right National Front (FN), Marine Le Pen, picked up 33.94% of the vote. The turnout exceeded 74%.

Łukasz Jurczyszyn
02 May 2017
no. 8/2017
PISM Spotlight: Chancellor Merkel Goes to Russia

On May 2, German chancellor Angela Merkel will be paying a working visit to the Russian town of Sochi. It is the first such visit to Russia by the head of the German federal government since 2013.

Anna Dyner
29 April 2017
no. 7/2017
PISM Spotlight: Pope Francis Visits Egypt

On 28–29 April, Pope Francis paid a visit to Egypt, the most populous Arab country. The visit is significant for the Christian-Muslim dialogue.

Patrycja Sasnal
24 April 2017
no. 6/2017
PISM Spotlight: Macron Leads in French Presidential Election

Emmanuel Macron won the first round of the French presidential election, gaining 23.86% of the vote. In the second round, he will face Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front party (21.43%). With a surprisingly high electoral turnout (76.2%), conservative candidate François Fillon took 19.9% of vote, and far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon got 19.6%. Only the top two go through to the second round.

Łukasz Jurczyszyn
21 April 2017
no. 5/2017
PISM Spotlight: ICJ Order on Provisional Measures against Russia

On 19 April, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered its first Order in a case submitted by Ukraine concerning the application of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Rafał Tarnogórski
20 April 2017
no. 4/2017
PISM Spotlight: UK Snap General Election

On 18 April, UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced a snap parliamentary election and a day later, the House of Commons approved the proposal. The British go to the polls on 8 June.

Jolanta Szymańska
18 April 2017
no. 3/2017
PISM Spotlight: Constitutional Referendum in Turkey

On 16 April, Turks in favour of a constitutional change to a strong-president system carried 51.4% of the announced vote. The opposition is demanding the annulment of the referendum result, claiming it was rigged.

Karol Wasilewski
11 April 2017
no. 2/2017
PISM Spotlight: Increasing Support for the Far-Left Candidate in the Presidential Election in France

According to the latest polls, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the far-left candidate of the party Unsubmissive France (La France insoumise), has a chance of reaching the second round of the elections, where he would face either far-right candidate Marine Le Pen or more centrist Emmanuel Macron. Mélenchon recorded the largest increase in support in the period, from 12% to 18% in one month.

Łukasz Jurczyszyn
07 April 2017
no. 1/2017
PISM Spotlight: The U.S. Strike on the Syrian Base in Al-Shayrat

On 7 April, the United States attacked the Syrian air base in Al-Shayrat. Fifty-nine Tomahawk cruise missiles targeted military installations presumably used in the chemical attack on Khan Shaykhoun on 4 April.

Patrycja Sasnal



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