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For years Poland has been striving to be a reliable partner for countries that are similar to us in many respects: culture, historical experience, location in ‚our’ part of Europe (broadly understood). The enlargement of the European Union to include the Western Balkan countries is necessary to ensure stability throughout Europe, as this region is Europe’s ‚soft underbelly’ — potentially susceptible to destabilising external influences, especially from countries such as Russia and China. Paweł Musiałek, Director of the Analysis Centre of the Jagiellonian Club, and Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, discuss the role of the Balkan…


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Although the Canadian Liberal Party won the election, it will be forced to form a minority government. The Liberals received fewer votes than the Conservatives and it was only thanks to single-mandate constituencies that they could fill more seats in the lower house of the parliament. The weaker result is due to the problems of the party leader — Justin Trudeau — a few years ago hailed as the golden child of progressive politics. Image scandals and inconsistent economic and environmental policies have damaged the Canadian Prime Minister’s credibility.

by Andrzej Kohut

„It’s 2015,” said the newly sworn-in Prime Minister…


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Acquiring innovative solutions in rigid public procurement procedures sounds like a contradiction. The GovTech Poland programme uses the Act to enable start-ups to solve administrative problems. Instead of lengthy public procurement documentation, the key is a competition whose only criterion is the quality of the prototype. We talk about the GovTech Poland programme with its director, Justyna Orłowska. What is the GovTech programme?

by Bartosz Paszcza

We do not form a programme that comes with a bag of money, but we teach administration how to use the tools it has. We use the so-called competition mode, a kind of flexible…


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The first speeches of the new President of the European Commission — Ursula von der Leyen — and the hearings of Commissioner candidates show us the image of a new Commission, one focused on combating climate change. The strategy for conducting other Community policies will probably involve continuing the work of the outgoing EC, all the more so since the hearings in the European Parliament did not come up with many ideas and they were a spectacle of political opportunism. Candidates usually said what MEPs expected them to.

by Tomasz Grosse

Ursula von der Leyen, the new President of the…


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The Clean Energy for Europe programme, known as the Winter Package, is a series of legislative changes to the Community energy legislation that have come into force in recent months and will drastically change the European electricity market in the years to come. From the perspective of Polish producers, whose generation is 80%-based on fossil fuels, this means losing a market share, as their energy will be more expensive than energy from foreign sources, in particular, renewable sources. However, consumers will benefit — when electricity wholesale prices in Poland are at the highest levels in the region, the increased liquidity…


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In the case of 5G networks, we may try to have a cake (provide basic state control over the critical infrastructure) and eat it too (allow private businesses cost-effective investments and faster implementation). The memorandum of understanding seems to be the best possible solution, a compromise taking into account cybersecurity, Poland’s even development and the rapid pace of 5G implementation in large cities.

by Bartosz Paszcza

Three variants of introducing the 5G network in Poland were considered in the past term. The first of them assumed distributing electromagnetic spectrum bands in a similar way as for previous technologies (LTE). Independent…


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Chinese participation in globalization is based on American principles. After taking power, Xi Jinping finally broke with a long-standing Chinese doctrine of hiding potential, manifesting his ambitions to become a superpower. Behind the Chinese rhetoric of today, few real instruments could make up a truly alternative global order.

by Jakub Jakóbowski

Looking at the emerging Chinese-American conflict, it is easy to fall into the ruts of Cold War thinking — the return of the bipolar world, the clash of two systems with global reach and aspirations. It is an easy, understandable and orderly framework — very attractive in the atmosphere…


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„They didn’t help us during World War II. They didn’t help us in Normandy, for example,” said Donald Trump, quoting a previously read article. This was his attempt to justify the decision to withdraw American troops from northern Syria in the face of the upcoming Turkish military action against the Kurds. Trump wanted to show that America has no obligations towards Kurdish militias who fought against the Islamic State, not so much to support US interests as to simply „fight for their land”. However, public opinion around the world perceives this statement contrary to the intentions of the American president…


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In this year’s World Press Freedom Index, Turkmenistan came ahead of North Korea in the ‚competition’ for the name of the state with the most limited freedom of speech and was ranked in the rather shameful last place. Why is that a country described as an ‚information black hole’, where all the media are controlled by the state and the few independent journalists are sometimes tortured, is positively assessed by EU officials?

by Michał Wojtyło

Informal social contract

Since its independence in 1991, Turkmenistan has been an authoritarian state. The foundation of the legitimacy of power is an informal social…


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Ukraine has realised that its current policy of cooperation with Europe for energy security is ineffective. Kiev’s change of direction in this field is a chance for Poland supported by the United States.

by Jakub Wiech

There is much to suggest that Ukraine’s existing policy of ensuring its energy security within the framework of a partnership with the West has been considered ineffective by the authorities in Kiev. The change of forces within the Ukrainian state and the emergence of the fraction of the current president, Volodímir Zelenski, has certainly played an important role here. …

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