We share a common history, values and the same objectives. Doing business with Europe is a natural step for Canada – said Daniel Costello, Ambassador of Canada to the EU and former Ambassador of Canada to Poland, during a study visit of the Polish group. I’m not an economist, but the purpose of the agreement is clear: we want to create stable business conditions, find new trade partners and thus create new jobs - he added. Study visit concerning the CETA agreement was organised by the Delegation of the European Commission in Poland for Polish entrepreneurs, scientists and foreign trade experts. Marcin Rau, the CIR’s analyst participated in the meeting. 

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We were invited to attend a high-level workshop in Brussels, held as part of a Demos project on populism and political, social and economic trends in the European Union. The event brought together leading European scholars, policy-makers and journalists for a lively and solutions-focused debate. CSM was represented by Agnieszka Ostrowska, Centre’s strategic programmes coordinator. The workshop began with presentations from Demos and its five research partners in Germany, France, Spain, Sweden and Poland on their national case studies, as well as exclusive new polling that has been undertaken with YouGov to support qualitative analysis. 

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Russian aggression in Ukraine was a serious illustration that emerging powers strive to change international order. In fact we have witnessed, in recent years, more assertiveness from the rising “Rest” and the construction of an alternative world system. This brings more risks for global peace and stability and is a grave challenge to the Western powers. The changes in the international system in recent years - scrutinizing moves to set up parallel global institutions, norms and regulations by emerging powers – show two possible reactions of the West. A compromise would be the only sustainable way to avoid growing divisions. Although this will not be easy, the alternative – confrontation – is only worse - writes Patryk Kugiel in his analysis entitled New world order or disorder?

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