King Salman of Saudi Arabia paid an official visit to Moscow on 4th-7th October. During the visit he met President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
On 26 September, two days after parliamentary elections in Germany, the French President presented in Paris his vision on how to reform the EU.
On 27 September, the legal service of the Council of the EU issued a legal opinion on the EC’s proposal to the EU Council for permission to start negotiations with Russia.
Despite China’s growing involvement in Central and Eastern Europe, Beijing has not succeeded in making an attractive offer to the region’s EU member states.
An independence referendum took place in Iraqi Kurdistan (KRG) on 25 September. It met with unprecedentedly tough criticism from Turkey.
On 25 September, President Petro Poroshenko signed an Education Act, which had been adopted by the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) on 5 September.
The parliamentary elections in Germany have been won by the CDU/CSU, with 32.9% of the vote, their worst result since 1949; second place went to the SPD with 20.5%.
The war with Russia which began in 2014 has triggered serious changes in the way history is thought about by the Ukrainian public, especially in opinion-forming circles. The liberal reflection critical about the nationalist tradition initiated somewhat earlier has been rejected since wartime requires heroic narratives above all.
The Aurora 17 national military exercise is taking place in Sweden on 11-29 September, in parallel to the Russian-Belarusian Zapad-2017 manoeuvres.
On 8th September Glencore and Qatar Investment Fund announced that China’s CEFC would shortly finalise a transaction to buy 14.16% of shares in Rosneft.