2019-11-19 - Comment

Patryk Kugiel

Opposition Candidate Wins Presidential Election in Sri Lanka

Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s victory in the presidential election in Sri Lanka (16 November) could lead to an end to the political crisis and improvement in security. However, the likely withdrawal from cooperation with UN bodies seeking accountability for crimes committed during the civil war may worsen Sri Lanka’s relations with the EU and allow China to increase its influence there again.

2019-11-18 - Bulletin

Patryk Kugiel

A Challenge for EU Public Diplomacy in India: Why the Union Needs a Europe House

A series of crises affecting the EU since 2008, in particular Brexit, have strengthened India’s view of the bloc as an organisation with a diminishing role in the world. The lack of knowledge and underestimation of the EU are important barriers to deepening the strategic partnership and accelerating cooperation with India,  which are objectives of the EU strategy towards India adopted in December 2018. To succeed, the EU would need to improve its image and intensify public and cultural diplomacy. The establishment of a Europe House in New Delhi, as an institution promoting cooperation and knowledge of the Union, could play an important role in this. 

2019-11-18 - Comment

Anna Maria Dyner

Parliamentary Elections in Belarus

On 17 November, the elections to the House of Representatives, the lower house of parliament in Belarus, ended. The Central Election Commission of Belarus (CEC) said that the turnout exceeded 77%. No opposition representative was approved, which means that the president will retain full control over the political system in Belarus. The first sitting of the new parliament—its seventh term—will take place on 6 December. 

2019-11-15 - Bulletin

Veronika Jóźwiak

Hungary's Climate Policy

President János Áder announced at the UN climate action summit in September that Hungary will phase out coal by 2030. This is a more ambitious commitment than those contained in government strategies. It might mean readiness to agree on the EU’s long-term climate strategy (LTCS). In June, Hungary was among the Member States that blocked the EU strategy of going climate neutral by 2050. But if it flips and supports LTCS, that might hamper Poland’s efforts to raise additional funds for energy transformation.

2019-11-15 - Bulletin

Jakub Pieńkowski

Collapse of the "Grand Coalition" in Moldova

On 14 November, the Moldovan parliament voted in the new cabinet of Ion Chicu, who is directed behind the scenes by President Igor Dodon, affiliated with the Socialists. It comes after the collapse of Maia Sandu’s government, led by the pro-European ACUM bloc, just two days earlier. The transition of the bloc to the opposition and takeover of power by an informal alliance of the Socialists and Democrats may result in delays or avoidance of pro-European reforms in Moldova.