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.

2019-08-30 - Bulletin

Artur Kacprzyk, Marcin Andrzej Piotrowski

U.S. Development of Intermediate-Range Missiles after Its Withdrawal from the INF Treaty

After its withdrawal from the INF Treaty, the U.S. is planning to introduce new ground-launched missiles with ranges of 500-5,500 km. Already in the final part of President Donald Trump’s first term, the administration might start talks with Asian and European allies on stationing these missiles. The development of the majority of these systems will take at least a few years and has already resulted in controversy in the U.S. Congress and within NATO. Russia will seek to prevent their deployment, especially in Europe, while also presenting the U.S. actions as a pretext for the further expansion of the Russian missile arsenal.

2019-08-30 - Bulletin

Jędrzej Czerep

Turkey's Soft-Power Crisis in Africa

Since the 1990s, Turkey has been developing its soft power in Africa to support its economic and political expansion south of the Sahara. Schools and other institutions associated with the Fethullah Gülen movement (Hizmet) were instrumental in building Turkish-oriented local elites, raising interest in Turkish culture, and building Turkey’s image as synonymous with success. However, the fallout from the 2016 coup attempt in Ankara marked the definitive end of the synergy between Hizmet and the Turkish state. This created a new context in which Turkey’s pressures and direct interference in African governments’ affairs accompany a revision of its soft-power instruments.