Editors: Sławomir Dębski (PISM Director), Bartosz Wiśniewski (Head of Research Office), Rafał Tarnogórski (Managing Editor), Anna Maria Dyner, Aleksandra Gawlikowska-Fyk, Sebastian Płóciennik, Patrycja Sasnal, Justyna Szczudlik, Jolanta Szymańska, Marcin Terlikowski, Tomasz Żornaczuk
On 16 January, at the European Parliament (EP), Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez presented a vision of the future of the EU similar to the proposals of French President Emmanuel Macron. The possibility of achieving it is limited by the different points of view between European governments on migration policy, competitiveness, and deepening European integration.
In a speech delivered on 10 January in Cairo, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the creation of the Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA), a broad group of states. The speech itself had a distinctively anti-Iran tone, yet the details of MESA have not been laid out. This will be the task of a ministerial conference planned for Warsaw in mid-February.
On 7–10 January, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited China, where he met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Kim’s fourth visit to this country in ten months is meant to strengthen North Korea’s position in talks with the U.S. and in the inter-Korean dialogue. The visit also confirmed that solving the problems on the Korean Peninsula is not possible without China’s involvement.
On 7 January, Ukraine filed an inter-state application against Russia concerning the events in the Black Sea and the Kerch Strait on 25 November 2018 and the arrest of 24 Ukrainian crewmembers of naval ships by the Russian coast guard, a case which had already been brought before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). This step enables the court to assess whether the Russian actions violated their human rights.