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Angela Merkel’s fall in popularity is accompanied by growing criticism of the German chancellor from within her own political background.
On 20 September, at the initiative of the Crimean Tatars’ self-government organisation, a blockade of checkpoints allowing passage to Crimea began.
Romania is being ever more often put forward by the European Commission as an example of a country fighting corruption in an uncompromising manner.
The Kremlin’s overall aim is to use the crisis caused by the Syrian civil war to overcome Russia’s limited isolation, imposed by the West.
The firm has admitted its guilt and may face a penalty of US$18 billion, the equivalent of one year’s profit.
German politicians are concerned about the estimated costs of migrants’ living expenses and their integration into the labour market.
The governments of the Baltic states initially voluntarily declared they would accept refugees.
The delegations from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania voted against the decision to allocate refugees among the EU countries.
The closing of the Hungarian border with Serbia on 15 September resulted in the diversion of the flow of migrants.
Islam in the former USSR and the phenomenon of the post-Soviet militants in Syria and Iraq.