2019-07-17 - Bulletin

Daniel Szeligowski

Ukraine's Political Parties Ahead of Parliamentary Elections

Volodymyr Zelensky’s victory in April’s presidential election has become a catalyst for rapid change in Ukrainian politics. After the upcoming parliamentary elections, the political scene will be dominated by Servant of the People, the newly created party composed of Zelensky associates, and it may even win an absolute majority in the Verkhovna Rada. Meanwhile, most of the parties that formed the ruling coalition after Euromaidan will find themselves outside parliament.

2019-07-16 - Bulletin

Maciej Pawłowski, Melchior Szczepanik

The Centre-Right Returns to Power in Greece

Greece’s centre-right New Democracy (ND) party took power after the parliamentary elections on 7 July. It advocates a change of economic strategy based on cutting taxes and eliminating red tape. The main challenge will be to persuade the European Commission (EC) and eurozone members that its approach will not endanger the Greek public debt-reduction programme. The new government will also need the EU’s support in the country’s conflict with Turkey over the extraction of hydrocarbons off the coast of Cyprus.

2019-07-15 - Bulletin

Veronika Jóźwiak

Finland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union

From 1 July, Finland holds the six-month presidency of the Council of the EU. The new centre-left government has made sustainable development the leitmotif of its activities, protecting the EU’s common values and climate, strengthening the EU Single Market, and closer cooperation in security policy. The presidency will emphasize the rule of law in the Council’s work. The remaining elements of the programme are part of the new EU strategic agenda for 2019–2024 and set the direction for its development.

2019-07-12 - Bulletin

Bartosz Bieliszczuk

Russia's Policy on OPEC: Potential and Limitations of Cooperation

The cooperation between Russia and the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is aimed at increasing oil prices. Russia, however, also has other goals: getting new investments and contracts from Saudi Arabia for Russian companies. This tactic appears to be working out for now, but keeping oil prices higher for the long run could be difficult because of growing U.S. oil exports and opposition from Russian companies to curb production, among other reasons.

2019-07-11 - Bulletin

Łukasz Ogrodnik

Intensification of Czech-U.S. Relations

Czech-U.S. relations have been intensifying this year, reflected by the first visit in eight years by a Czech prime minister to the White House. The strengthening of relations stems from mutual interests in security, countering China in cyberspace, and plans for the modernisation of the Czech military. That has created an opportunity for all the Visegrad states to strengthen transatlantic relations under the current Czech presidency of the V4.