US withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran (JCPOA) in May, 2018, and tough sanctions that followed, have recently escalated in new tensions between the West and Tehran. The “war on tankers” and shooting down of an American drone over the Strait of Hormuz were met by Washington with strengthening of its military deployments in the region. Meanwhile, Iran – disillusioned with the European attempts to save the JCPOA - started enrichment of uranium above the limits allowed by the nuclear deal. It seems that the Middle East is on the verge of a new war which could shake not only the region but also the pillars of the European Union, and change the European political sphere - write Mahan Charmshir, CIR associate in analysis Iran – US relations. Is war approaching?




Poland is one of four nations - along with Ireland, Bulgaria and Luxembourg – that are most in favour of the EU1. However, at a closer look it turns out that we should understand such findings in our own way. When asked benefits of membership, most of us talk about EU funds, free movement of people – because one can work all over Europe. However, when we ask about values that could unite us and give us a direction, a clear dividing line appears - we read in the publication prepared by the Centre for International Relations for the European Commission entitled "What do Poles think about the European Union?".

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Hong Kong has been always proudly presenting itself as “Asia’s world city”. The slogan is by no means an exaggeration. A vibrant multicultural city with an ambition to become China’s international financial hub has been involved in various significant business projects around the world – from Cambodia to Saudi Arabia to Poland. With the looming Washington-Beijing trade war, however, Hong Kong can’t be spared problems: decreasing exports, imports and demand for its professional services are just a few of possible consequences. Everything hinges on the gravity of the power conflict which has the potential to shake the city caught in the US-China crossfire - writes Bruno Surdel, CIR analyst in comment "Hong Kong: emerging new world economic order".

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