New colors have been added to a painting depicting breakup of “new Europe” – Poland and Hungary have united for the purpose of confronting officials from the European Commission. Support of Budapest is critical to Warsaw, otherwise Poland could become at risk of internal European sanctions. It seems like a new political power, capable of destroying it from inside, is emerging in the EU, writes VZGLYAD.
“He was an outstanding diplomat and a remarkable person”, “he was some sort of a phenomenon”, “a maestro of diplomacy”. Diplomats and politicians are shocked by the sudden death of Russia’s Ambassador to UN Vitaly Churkin. Even those, who used to have strong arguments with him at the Security Council, his western opponents now admit that they are “devastated” and that he was “a friend”, writes VZGLYAD.
The first meeting of the Organizing Committee of the XIX World Festival of Youth and Students was held in Moscow with the participation of ministers of sport, culture and education. The festival itself, which will be held in October in Sochi, is expected to become a major event: already today a total number of applications has exceeded an expected number of participants by half, writes Olesya Beloborodova for Internet publication VZGLYAD.
Europe is, obviously, being prepared to rebuild relations with Russia. This being said, explanation of a need to end the war of sanctions as soon as possible is already becoming not only part of internal political in-fighting, but part of the EU foreign policy strategy. Former head of the European Union Romano Prodi urged to immediately lift the sanctions – to be ahead of the U.S., writes Pyotr Akopov for electronic publication VZGLYAD.
A conversation, which was held on Saturday between leaders of Russia and the U.S. Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, was good “both in political and human sense”, stated Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov.
Economists from all over the world are actively commenting on the decision made by the new U.S. president regarding exit of his country from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This involves dissolution of the idea, according to which the U.S., as stated by Obama, will dictate its trade rules to the whole world. The U.S. economy will only benefit from that, but whether Russia will benefit or not, remains a question, writes VZGLYAD.
President of Germany Joachim Gauck released Frank-Walter Steinmeier from the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs and appointed former Minister of Economy and Chairman of the Social-Democratic Party of Germany (SDP) Sigmar Gabriel a new head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.