Chinese elites do not treat Europe as an equal partner and are convinced that China holds the upper hand over Europe.
The election was intended to take advantage of record levels of support for the ruling SNS party, which has been in power since 2012.
The establishment of a self-regulating body in the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office has eliminated the possibility that this organisation will be reformed.
The announcement of a nationwide reform with the participation of Kudrin is intended to improve the image of Russia and Putin in the West.
The main cause for this change is the two sides’ concurrent perception of risks in the Black Sea region since Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
The consequences of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant disaster are still a permanent element of the economic, environmental and social situation of Ukraine.
On 8 April, the German Minister of Finance, Wolfgang Schäuble, criticised the European Central Bank (ECB) for its aggressive monetary policy.
The decision passed by the ECHR on 4 July 2013 imposed on Russia the obligation to amend the regulations depriving detainees of the right to vote.
On 18 April, the Russian Ministry of Justice placed Mejlis, the council of Crimean Tatars, on their list of extremist organisations.
On 14 April, the Ukrainian parliament approved a new government led by Volodymyr Hroisman, as well as his programme (in a separate vote).