Whether eastern European economies are dragged down by a likely German recession is a good way to test the idea that they are effectively colonies of their much larger neighbor, or “foreign-owned countries,” as some economists have dubbed them.
Gazprom says it is analyzing the legal and commercial consequences of a September 10 court ruling that reduced gas flows via the Opal pipeline, which connects Germany with the Russian state-owned gas company's Nord Stream pipeline, Reuters reports.
The president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has said that he may consider importing oil through Poland and the Baltic States, rather than Russia. The move comes just before Russia and Belarus announce the results of their Union State negotiations, putting the spotlight on the ties between the two countries.
The Republic of Poland is rapidly becoming the critical member of the NATO Alliance in its increasing efforts to deter Russian military threats and counter Moscow’s attempts to subvert European democracy. Poland is no free rider when it comes to European security.
Last weekend, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Senior DOE officials participated in a series of events including a U.S. Industry Roundtable, U.S.–Poland–Ukraine Trilateral event, as well as bilateral engagements surrounding Vice President Pence’s visit for the Commemoration on the 80th Anniversary of the Start of World War II.
Poland will also need to ensure that it has enough qualified workers – the report’s fourth recommendation. With the working-age population expected to fall by 2 million people by 2030, the country should ensure that more people are working.
It is difficult to avoid pathos on the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, which sent to the grave some 70 million people. Poland is where the horrors of WWII in Europe began. But for many Poles, the war wasn’t over until the last Russian soldier left their homeland in 1993.