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Russia’s Cossacks evoke extreme opinions among observers: some see them as a marginal social phenomenon, a kind of political folklore; others as a morally and physically healthy part of the nation, a pillar of the modern paramilitary…
On 15 December, the district court in Moscow found Alexey Ulyukaev, the former Russian minister for economic development, guilty of accepting a bribe of US$2 million.
On 7th – 9th December the SPD held its convention in Berlin. Delegates reelected Martin Schulz as the party’s leader (with support at 82%).
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Greece on 6–7 December. This was the first visit of a Turkish president to this country since 1952.
Vladimir Putin visited Cairo on 11 December. The main effect of the visit was the signing of four contracts linked to the construction of the El Dabaa nuclear power plant.
On 30th November the German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, met with the leaders of the CDU, CSU and SPD and urged them to form a grand coalition government.
On 30th November the Danish parliament amended the law on the continental shelf in the section which concerns consent to lay pipelines and cables in Danish territorial sea.
On 5 December in Kiev an attempt was made by the security service of Ukraine to detain Mikheil Saakashvili.
On 28 November, President Vladimir Putin announced the implementation of a programme for assistance to families.
The Czech president Miloš Zeman had voiced the support of the Czech Republic for the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.