The Riga summit: are radical changes afoot?

Anton Shymanski

The fourth summit of the EU programme ‘Eastern Partnership’ (EaP) is to take place in Riga on May 21-22. It seems viable to consider the condition of the initiative and its prospects in the run-up to this event.

The EaP: problems and prospects

It was stated in the press release published on the eve of the first EaP summit that took place in Prague on May 7–9, 2009, that the goal of the partnership is ‘to open a new chapter in relations with Eastern neighbours’ and, first and foremost, to strengthen their statehood and rapprochement with the EU.

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Twists of history

Leonid Zlotnikov

In the second half of 2014 – early 2015 indicators of economic growth and financial income of the population dropped significantly in Belarus, and there was a change in government. However, the President believes that the downturn in the economy has been triggered by external factors, and he will not abandon the planned economy, while the government is not implementing measures for the transition to a market economy, as required by potential lenders. It is likely that the maintained centrally planned model is desirable to Russia, along with the President.

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Public opinion’s pre-election context

Andrei Vardomatski

Media behaviour
We continue to measure the impact of the Ukrainian events on the behaviour of individuals as regards media.

Last time, we formulated a basic regularity – a shift from passive consumption to active selection. However, subsequent measurements have shown that this pattern has not entrenched itself. How to grasp in general what has happened to individuals’ media reactions to the Ukrainian events? At first sight, the formula as a whole seems as follows: everything has come full circle. Media behaviour seems to have reverted to pre-Ukrainian patterns. Yet again, captured new phenomena have given way to conventional forms of media behaviour.

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