2019-10-31 - Comment
Chile's Withdrawal from Hosting APEC and COP-25 Summits
On 30 October, President Sebastián Piñera announced Chile’s withdrawal from hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) in November and the COP25 climate summit in December. This decision results from his government’s failure to tackle the internal crisis caused by violent social protests. Chile’s withdrawal will cause delay in global climate negotiations and in the anticipated trade deal between the U.S. and China. It also means Poland will continue its presidency of COP24.
2019-10-29 - Bulletin
The Importance of Returns of Cultural Goods in African-European Relations
In relations between African states and Belgium, France, Germany, and the UK, the issue of returning cultural goods removed during the colonial period is gaining prominence. This has both symbolic and practical dimensions: the returns emphasize the departure from postcolonial paternalism and demands for returns are a mean of pressure in bilateral relations. Countries not burdened by colonial baggage, such as Poland, may gain politically from this process.
2019-10-29 - Comment
Opposition Candidate Wins Argentina's Presidential Election
Alberto Fernández, the opposition candidate of the centre-left Everyone’s Front (Frente de Todos), won in the first round of the presidential election in Argentina on 27 October and will take over as the head of the new government on 10 December. His main challenge will be to overcome the economic difficulties and decrease the discontent stemming from them. The change of government may result in a delay in the ratification process of the EU-Mercosur agreement in Argentina.
2019-10-28 - Bulletin
Australia's Foreign Policy amid the U.S.-China Rivalry
The surprising victory in May of the ruling conservative coalition in the Australian parliamentary elections has meant a continuation of the country’s foreign policy. Australia aims to deepen its strategic alliance with the U.S., confirmed by Prime Minister Scott Morison’s visit to the U.S. in September. At the same time, it will be harder for Australia to maintain a comprehensive partnership with China. Support for the rules-based international order and multilateralism makes Australia an important, like-minded partner for the EU. This partnership will be strengthened by the quick signing of a free trade agreement (FTA). It also offers a good opportunity to deepen Polish-Australian cooperation.
2019-10-28 - Comment
Uyghur Dissident Ilham Tohti Awarded Sakharov Prize
This year, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought was awarded by the European Parliament to Uyghur dissident Ilham Tohti. The award symbolises objections to the increased repression of Uyghurs—a Turkic ethnic minority, many of whom are Muslim—in China. It also represents support for Ilham’s concept of peaceful coexistence with native Chinese. The prize is unlikely to change Chinese policy on the Uyghurs but shows that human rights will remain an important part of the EU’s policy towards China.