2019-09-06 - Bulletin

Maciej Pawłowski

New Coalition Resolves Political Crisis in Italy

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned on 20 August. The government of the Five Star Movement (M5S) and the League collapsed because of Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini’s preference for early elections. His party, the League, leads in polls; however, the fears of a League government, seen as potentially deepening the conflict with the European Commission (EC) and weakening the economy, spurred the creation of a coalition between M5S and the Democratic Party (PD). The new government will stop confronting EU institutions and openly criticizing the EU sanctions against Russia.

2019-09-04 - Bulletin

Przemysław Biskup

The Republic of Ireland and the Risk of "No-Deal" Brexit

Since the signing of the agreement with the EU on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the Union, the Republic of Ireland’s policy towards Brexit has been seeking to defend the “backstop” mechanism. Despite Boris Johnson’s government toughening the UK’s position regarding this mechanism, the Republic of Ireland refuses to make concessions in this respect for reasons of domestic politics, hoping for the eventual ratification by the UK of the withdrawal agreement. The Irish policy is also based on the assumption of EU financial solidarity, which is not yet reflected, however, in the EU’s multiannual financial framework (MFF).

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.