2019-07-16 - Bulletin
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
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
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
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.
2019-07-10 - Bulletin
German Christian Democrats after the Elections to the European Parliament
The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) European Parliament election results indicate its weakening position on the political scene. The change in management in 2018 and announcements presenting a new programme did not help the party. There is little time to reverse the unfavourable trend. There is currently an increasing risk that the party will perform poorly in the next German parliamentary elections, and lose power.