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The Social Democrats demanded that Chancellor Angela Merkel provide explanations concerning abuses while asylum and refugee status are being granted by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.
The serious financial problems of the private company CEFC China Energy have affected the company’s activities in the Czech Republic.
Finland sees Russia as a source of opportunities and threats. On the one hand, Russia is an important trade partner. On the other hand, Finland is concerned by the Russian vision of the international order based on great powers’ spheres of influence, and by Russia’s increasing military capabilities.
On 2nd May the German federal government adopted a draft budget and a financial plan for 2018–2022.
On 22 May, the Russian State Duma adopted a law on measures to counter the hostile actions of the United States and other countries (the so-called counter-sanctions law).
The year 2019 will be an election year in Ukraine, with a presidential election in the spring and a parliamentary election in the autumn.
As NATO has returned its focus to collective defence since 2014, very short, short-range and medium-range surface-based air defence has become a desirable capability.
The EU-Western Balkans summit held on 17 May in Sofia is one example of the EU’s increasing interest in the Balkan states which aspire to membership.
On 12 May, the Armenian prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, concluded the formation of his cabinet.
On 15 May, Vladimir Putin officially opened the bridge connecting Russia with the Crimean Peninsula via the Kerch Strait.