2019-10-16 - Comment

Veronika Jóźwiak

PISM Spotlight: Local Elections in Hungary

Local elections held on 13 October in Hungary were won mostly by the ruling party Fidesz. At the same time, the results represent the greatest success for the opposition parties since 2010.

2019-10-15 - Bulletin

Oskar Pietrewicz

Challenges in the U.S.-South Korea Alliance

Tension between the U.S. and South Korea has been growing in recent months. The U.S. administration demands its ally pay substantially more for stationing American troops on its territory. In September, negotiations on this issue began. The U.S. also has been seeking active South Korean support for the American strategy to contain China. However, the responses by the South Korean authorities have been restrained, which limits the U.S. potential to compete with China. Financial solutions to the dispute over alliance costs with South Korea may be applied by the U.S. to its European allies.

2019-10-11 - Bulletin

Przemysław Biskup

Brexit as a Tool in Boris Johnson's Political Strategy

Since assuming the post of UK prime minister on 24 July, Boris Johnson has been pursuing a high-risk political strategy to reshape the British party system. The key mean is the “do or die” commitment to Brexit on 31 October. Parliament’s adoption of the Letwin-Ben Act on 9 September prohibiting a “no-deal” exit from the EU has put Johnson on the defensive, but his success or failure will only be decided at the ballot box. A snap election, which is most likely to take place in December, will also strongly influence the vision of Britain’s international role.

2019-10-10 - Bulletin

Karol Wasilewski

Turkey's Operation in Northern Syria

Turkey has launched a military operation codenamed Peace Spring to establish a “safe zone” in northern Syria. It did so without the approval of the UN Security Council (UNSC), which will hold an emergency meeting to discuss it on 10 October. The increase in refugee flows through the Turkish-Greek border in recent months suggests that Turkey will be pressuring the EU to support the project.  

2019-10-09 - Bulletin

Patryk Kugiel, Veronika Jóźwiak

Prospects for Cooperation between the V4 States and India

The visits by Indian Minister for External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar to Hungary (26 August) and Poland (28-29 August) are a sign of increased interest in Central Europe (CE). The revival of political dialogue creates conditions for deepening economic cooperation between the countries of the region and India. Launching cooperation in the Visegrad Group (V4)+India format would give an opportunity to intensify contacts. This would increase the attractiveness of the Visegrad countries, make them more recognisable in India and reduce the asymmetry of these relations.