2019-09-04 - Bulletin

Przemysław Biskup

The Republic of Ireland and the Risk of "No-Deal" Brexit

Since the signing of the agreement with the EU on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the Union, the Republic of Ireland’s policy towards Brexit has been seeking to defend the “backstop” mechanism. Despite Boris Johnson’s government toughening the UK’s position regarding this mechanism, the Republic of Ireland refuses to make concessions in this respect for reasons of domestic politics, hoping for the eventual ratification by the UK of the withdrawal agreement. The Irish policy is also based on the assumption of EU financial solidarity, which is not yet reflected, however, in the EU’s multiannual financial framework (MFF).

2019-09-03 - Bulletin

Jolanta Szymańska

Prospects for Differentiated Integration in EU Asylum Policy

Faced with talks on the reform of the Dublin system, defining the Member States’ responsibility for examining asylum applications, Germany and France have proposed the creation of a solidarity mechanism in which a coalition of volunteers is to participate. This kind of cooperation regarding the relocation of migrants rescued from the Mediterranean is an opportunity to provide effective assistance to refugees and to resolve disputes between Member States. However, differentiated integration in the area of migration creates the risk of progressive fragmentation of the Schengen area.

2019-09-02 - Comment

Daniel Szeligowski

A New Government in Ukraine

On 29 August, Ukraine’s parliament approved the composition of the new government. The Cabinet of Ministers obtained support from the parliamentary faction Servant of the People (a party linked to President Volodymyr Zelensky) and some non-faction deputies. A stable majority in parliament, as well as the technocratic composition of the new government, pave the way for quick reforms in Ukraine.

2019-09-02 - Comment

Lidia Gibadło

Elections in Saxony and Brandenburg. Tough Victory for CDU and SPD

After the elections in Brandenburg and Saxony, the SPD and CDU remain the strongest groups in Germany’s regional parliaments, winning with 26.2% and 32.1% of the votes, respectively. However, both parties noted an overall fall in support. Two groupings have reasons to be satisfied: Alternative for Germany (AfD) because it is now the second political force in both Landtags, and the Greens, for whom the vote was the best in its history of national elections in Brandenburg and Saxony. The vote will lead to the reconstruction of local government coalitions and is another signal of the weakening position of the two largest groupings in the German political scene at the federal level.