2019-09-24 - Comment
Climate Action Summit in New York - A Political Blockade of Ambition
UN Secretary-General António Guterres appealed to leaders gathering on 23 September at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York that it was not about speeches, rather about specific actions to tackle global warming. His appeal did not, however, achieve the desired results. The countries responsible for the largest greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) didn’t present new far-reaching mitigation plans. The most important results were new financial commitments and initiatives from companies.
2019-09-23 - Bulletin
Challenges for the Civilian Government of Sudan
Five months after the overthrow of dictator Omar al-Bashir in Sudan, a civilian government under Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok offers a chance for a revived economy and EU-friendly foreign policy. The government’s main challenge is how to become a real centre of power in the country. Paramilitary forces beyond the PM’s control cater to the interests of Gulf countries and contribute to instability in Libya and Chad.
2019-09-20 - Bulletin
Afghanistan Ahead of the Next Turbulent Presidential Election
The U.S. cancellation of peace talks with the Taliban means that the presidential election in Afghanistan planned for 28 September will take place in an environment of an escalating civil war. The most important challenge for the authorities is to ensure the security and credibility of the electoral process. Although the elections carry the risk of deepening the internal political crisis, they can also strengthen the position of the new president in possible government negotiations with the Taliban, which would give the country a chance to launch an intra-Afghan peace process. Western partners can support this approach by confirming their support for the new authorities and intensifying military pressure on the Taliban.
2019-09-19 - Comment
Post-Election Situation in Israel
The Knesset elections held on 17 September did not reveal a clear winner, as none of the blocs formed around the largest parties—Likud and Blue and White—won a parliamentary majority. The parties’ readiness for compromise over the idea of a national unity government or internal splits may prove to be key in the formation of the future coalition.
2019-09-18 - Bulletin
Slovakia's Pursuit of Better Relations with Russia
The Slovak government, contrary to the position of President Zuzana Čaputova, continues its policy of detente in relations with Russia. The first visit of Slovak Prime Minister Petr Pellegrini to Moscow and St. Petersburg in June and the expression of readiness to obtain gas from Nord Stream 2, whose creation the Slovak government has opposed so far, demonstrate this. For the Visegrad Group, Slovakia’s stance means a deepening split in the perception of Russia, and for Poland, a more evident need to seek allies outside of the V4 to oppose a change of EU policy towards Russia.