Economic and Financial Affairs: Spring 2018 – European Economic Forecast

Creșterea economică din România, generată de creșterea consumului, se va modera însă va continua. Pentru 2018 se anunță creșterea inflației alături de o creștere a deficitului bugetar.

Growth rates for the EU and the euro area beat expectations in 2017 to reach a 10-year high at 2.4%. Growth is set to remain strong in 2018 and ease only slightly in 2019, with growth of 2.3% and 2.0% respectively in both the EU and the euro area.


European Commission

Information and identifiers

Institutional Paper 077. May 2018. Brussels. PDF. 208pp. Tab. Graph. Bibliogr. Free.

KC-BC-18-009-EN-N (online)

ISBN 978-92-79-77458-4 (online)

ISSN 2443-8014 (online)

doi:10.2765/442629 (online)


Re-finding industry – Comisia Europeană

The European Commission appointed the High-level Strategy Group on industrial technologies to assess, discuss, and recommend support for research and innovation in the area of Key Enabling Technologies, also in view of future research and innovation programmes. Two new Key Enabling Technologies are proposed: artificial intelligence, and security and connectivity. The group also advises that, while biotechnology should be broadened to «life sciences», the EU has to continue to prioritise advanced manufacturing technologies, advanced materials and nanotechnologies, micro-/nano-electronics and photonics. With the right level of ambition and investment, Key Enabling Technologies will contribute to support growth and democracy through stronger citizens’ engagement, and prosperity through more equality and better jobs. The group recommends the EU and Member States to focus their policies on «inclusive growth» and the sustainable protection of our planet. The main goal is Europe to be the best place to live, study, work and flourish.

Comisia Europeană

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Russian soft power in Belarus after 2014

The End Of The Myth of a brot herly Belarus? Russian soft power in Belarus after 2014: the background and its manifestations

The Russian narrative on Belarus changed in 2014, when Russian expert circles and the government elite essentially redefined their perception of their Belorussian ally in the context of the conflict in Ukraine and the escalation of tensions between Moscow and the West. Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who was distancing himself from Moscow’s aggressive policy towards Kyiv, finally ceased to be viewed as the only and sufficient guarantor of keeping Belarus within the sphere of Russian influence. This gave rise to growing conviction in Russia that Moscow controls Minsk to an insufficient degree; the instruments of control are the energy sector (oil and gas supplies), trade (preferences on Russian output) and the military sector (close co-operation between the armies of the two countries). As a result, actions to create socio-cultural soft power promoting the ‘Russian World’ values, which had previously been taken on a very limited scale, were intensified.

The Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW)