2019-07-03 - Comment

Melchior Szczepanik

European Council Selects Candidates for Top EU Positions

After several days of negotiations, the heads of state and government of the EU Member States decided on 2 July to nominate Ursula von der Leyen, a Christian Democrat and long-standing minister in the German government, for president of the European Commission (EC). The states’ leaders agreed a larger package deal and decided that Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel will become European Council president, Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell will assume the position of High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy while Frenchwoman Christine Lagarde will head the European Central Bank.

2019-07-03 - Comment

Bartłomiej Znojek

The EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement

On 28 June, representatives of the EU and Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay) concluded an agreement to establish a bi-regional free trade area. The deal strengthens the EU’s status as a promoter of free trade and may help the bloc compete more effectively in Latin America, especially with China. For Poland, the accord may bring new opportunities for developing economic cooperation, particularly with Argentina and Brazil, but it has raised concerns from the domestic agricultural industry.

2019-07-02 - Comment

Oskar Pietrewicz

Kim-Trump Meet in Panmunjom

On 30 June, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met for the third time, in a meeting notable for Trump walking into North Korea. The event was mainly an image-building opportunity for both leaders but they did agree to revive working-level negotiations on denuclearisation and sanctions. For North Korea, the meeting is another step in overcoming political isolation. For South Korea, whose president Moon Jae-in accompanied both leaders, it was a chance to regain significance as an intermediary in the U.S.-North Korea talks.

2019-07-01 - Bulletin

Jarosław Wiśniewski, Tomasz Żornaczuk

The Berlin Process and the European Integration of the Western Balkans

The Berlin Process, launched five years ago, resulted in successes in several fields of cooperation between the Western Balkan countries. However, it did not accelerate European integration, which is the EU’s main goal in the Balkans. It is in Poland's interests not only to encourage the Member States to work for the development of the region, but also to encourage them during the July Berlin Process summit in Poznań to offer a more ambitious approach to enlargement policy.

2019-07-01 - Comment

Marcin Przychodniak, Marek Wąsiński

G20 Osaka Summit Outcome Similar to Last Year?s Meeting in Buenos Aires

In the conclusions of the G20 summit in Osaka on 28–29 June, the leaders warned of risks to economic growth and expressed support for free trade and reform of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). However, the most important event of the summit was the meeting of U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping. They confirmed the resumption of trade negotiations, which could lead to the withdrawal of the tariffs and counter-tariffs imposed due to the ongoing trade conflict and greater opening of the Chinese market to U.S. companies.