2019-08-26 - Bulletin
PISM Report: The Subnational Dimension of EU-China Relations
This report is the result of a three-year project conducted by the Faculty of International and Political Studies at the University of Łódź and the Polish Institute of International Affairs and funded by the National Science Centre. The aim of the project was to understand the role of cooperation between European and Chinese regions in the politics of the European Union as regards China. The study involved the phenomenon of paradiplomacy, i.e., relations of international subnational entities whose goal is to achieve economic, cultural, and political benefits.
2019-08-23 - Bulletin
Die Linke and FDP after the European Parliament Elections
The elections to the European Parliament showed that smaller parties in the Bundestag, mainly the Die Linke (The Left) and the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP), are threatened with increasing marginalisation at the federal level. Growing competition from other groupings has made it increasingly difficult for them to attract new voters. In an extreme scenario, they may not cross the electoral threshold in future parliamentary elections.
2019-08-22 - Bulletin
Germany and the Three Seas Initiative
This year, Germany participated for the second time in a Three Seas Initiative (TSI) summit as an observer. Its participation is motivated by the desire to strengthen cooperation with Central European countries and reduce divisions in the EU. It also aims to limit U.S. economic ambitions in the region, with TSI a potential key vehicle for them. Germany’s efforts to gain membership should be seen as a foreign policy goal. Its success could contribute to influencing infrastructure priorities in Central Europe, if implemented under the TSI.
2019-08-21 - Bulletin
China's Economy Amid the Trade Dispute with the U.S.
The trade dispute with the U.S., which has been going on for over a year, as well as global and internal factors are contributing to a slowdown in China’s economy, in part by reducing export profits. To counter this situation, the Chinese authorities introduced a stimulus package and halt some economic reforms. Although China’s economy is overall stable, the protracted dispute with the U.S. may exacerbate negative internal processes and further slow growth. This will affect the global economy, which in turn could lead to a decline in exports for companies from the EU. At the same time, China may be willing to widen its market to some investors.
2019-08-20 - Bulletin
Ethiopia: Ethnic Tensions Threaten State Stability
A series of political assassinations in June in Ethiopia exacerbated ethnic tensions in a country organised under a model of ethnic federalism. The growth of ethnic nationalism has become a major challenge for reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Continuation of the current trend risks halting the democratisation of the public sphere, economic integration of the Horn of Africa, and a failure of EU policies towards the region.