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The development of the ‘16+1’ format largely reflected China’s strategic aims defined at the beginning of the diplomatic offensive in the region.
Over the past few months Kyiv has initiated a few major changes, but the delays in the reform process are growing.
The Baltic states have responded to the increasing Russian military potential by taking measures to strengthen their own military potential.
The new Chinese agenda to actively develop trade cooperation with the CEE region particularly emphasised one sector of trade.
As the government admits, in order to reach the long-term emission reduction objectives, it is necessary to completely liquidate the coal energy industry.
The year 2015 brought a rapid surge in the number of Ukrainians migrating to the EU, again mainly to Poland.
Opportunities to reduce Turkey’s Syrian refugee influx to Europe are now severely limited.
Conflict with Russia has diverted the Kyiv’s attention away from the deterioration of the situation in regions which are not threatened by direct aggression.
The situation of the third sector in Russia, i.e. the civil society structures independent from the state, is worsening on a regular basis.
The rapid increase in the number of immigrants from outside of the EU coming to Germany has become the paramount political issue.