2019-08-28 - Bulletin
The Role of Unidas Podemos in the Formation of the Next Spanish Government
On 23 and 25 of July, the Spanish parliament failed to pass a vote of confidence in the Pedro Sánchez minority Socialist government. The main reason was the lack of support from left-wing Unidas Podemos (UP) and regional parties. A crucial agreement with UP is still possible. No deal will lead to political instability and collaboration between UP and separatist parties. However, UP is against euro-atlantic cooperation. For this reason, its participation in the government may make Spain’s relations with the EU and NATO more difficult.
2019-08-28 - Comment
G7 Summit in France - Acceptance of Differences
The G7 summit in Biarritz, France (24-26 August), ended with a short and general statement indicating only a few issues on which the members of the group agree. This shows that they have accepted significant differences between them, e.g., in international trade or climate policy. It also indicates the increasingly limited possibilities of the G7’s impact on global affairs.
2019-08-27 - Bulletin
"New Era" in China's Defence Policy
In July, China published its first defence policy white paper since 2015. The document is a response to similar documents by the U.S. and its growing engagement in Asia and confrontational policy towards China. Compared to the previous white paper, which introduced a new definition of security and the “active defence” of overseas interests, the new text focuses on a peaceful global order actively shaped by China and intended to contrast with its perspective of U.S. activities. However, the new focus does not mean China will not defend its “core interests”, which might be a challenge for NATO.
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.