2019-08-08 - Bulletin
Space in the Trump Administration's Security Policy
The U.S. will create a new branch of the armed forces to conduct operations in space. This is a response to the increased threat from China and Russia, which are rapidly developing space systems for military use. As a result of the U.S. actions, NATO adopted its first space policy. The effects of this policy also oblige allies who do not have space capabilities and who will have to work out their own policy towards this domain.
2019-08-08 - Comment
Latest Yuan Depreciation Escalates U.S.-China Dispute
The U.S. and China are escalating their trade conflict despite negotiations to resolve it. In response to new tariffs to be imposed by the U.S., the Chinese authorities allowed their currency to depreciate below the symbolic value of 7 yuan per dollar on 5 August, which led to plunges in major global stock exchanges, among other effects. The protracted and escalating dispute, now expanded to currency issues, will negatively impact the global economy, including the EU’s.
2019-08-07 - Bulletin
Romania's Political Scene at the Start of the Presidential Campaign
In July, the main Romanian political parties nominated candidates for the November presidential election but the leaders of the ruling coalition have not agreed on a common candidate. The Social Democratic Party (PSD) nominated Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, the successor of convicted chairman Liviu Dragnea, but the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) chose Speaker of the Senate Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu. This reduces the ruling coalition’s chance of defeating President Klaus Iohannis. His re-election would likely result in the continuation of Romania’s foreign policy, with the alliance with Poland an important element of it.
2019-08-06 - Bulletin
Countering Russian Disinformation in the European Union
Russia runs disinformation campaigns against the EU using traditional media and the internet, including social media. Yet, the effectiveness of the fight against Russian disinformation by the Union and its Member States has so far been limited. These activities require strengthening at the international and national levels, as well as increasing public awareness of the use of media.
2019-08-05 - Comment
The End of the INF Treaty
On 2 August, the U.S. withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, citing years-long Russian violation of the accord. The Trump administration wants to develop and produce ground-launched cruise and ballistic missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometres, which were banned under the treaty. It will seek to deploy conventionally-armed missiles of this type in Asia and possibly in Europe as well. That will depend, however, on the internal political dynamics in the U.S. and consultations with allies.