2019-12-03 - Comment

Lidia Gibadło

Left-Wing Candidates Victorious in SPD Leadership Election

Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans won the leadership election of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). In the second round, the respective SPD deputy to the Bundestag and former finance minister of North Rhine-Westphalia won the support of 53,06% of the group’s members, beating the favourites, Olaf Scholz, the current finance minister of Germany and deputy chancellor, and the Klara Geywitz, a former member of the Brandenburg parliament. The election result is a signal that party members want the grouping to have a more left-wing profile. 

2019-12-02 - Bulletin

Łukasz Jurczyszyn

The Significance of France's Opposition to EU Enlargement to North Macedonia and Albania

The main reason for France’s veto over the start of EU accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania has been the reluctance of the French public to back further enlargement and French President Emmanuel Macron’s priority of deepening EU integration before the community expands. The reform of the accession process as proposed by France in midNovember does not represent a change in its policy opposing enlargement. 

2019-11-29 - Bulletin

Arkadiusz Legieć

Prospects for Resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

As a result of the change of power in Armenia in 2018, the Armenian-Azerbaijani talks on the territorial and ethnic conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh have intensified. However, they have not yielded results because the authorities of both countries are under strong internal public pressure, limiting the possibility of compromise. Russia is using the conflict as an instrument of political influence towards both countries. Strengthening the involvement of French and U.S. diplomacy in the work of the Minsk Group and increasing its importance would limit Russia’s role as the main mediator in the conflict. 

2019-11-28 - Bulletin

Kinga Raś

Changes in Estonia's Climate Policy

Although in June, Estonia along with Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary blocked a political consensus statement in the European Council regarding the EU’s goal to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, in October, the country accepted the deadline. Estonia, despite relying on burning oil shale, has decided to embark on a difficult energy transition. This means that, among the EU Member States, support for ambitious EU climate policy is growing. 

2019-11-27 - Bulletin

Oskar Pietrewicz

New Areas of Cooperation between Poland and South Korea

New South Korean investments in Poland in technologically advanced sectors such as electric mobility are a sign of the deepening strategic partnership formed in 2013 between the two countries. Poland’s plans for the development of its 5G network and modernisation of its armed forces, mean security and defence are also promising areas of cooperation. Under the deadlock in inter-Korean relations and negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea, the Polish experience in dialogue on the Korean Peninsula may gain importance and strengthen Poland’s position as a country co-shaping EU policy on this matter.