European Union President Donald Tusk says China, Russia and the U.S. administration of President Donald Trump are among the top external threats facing the bloc.
Editor’s note: This story was originally published by Vox Ukraine and is republished with permission.
President Donald Trump's order temporarily banning refugees and immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries is playing well in Trump Country, those places that propelled him to the White House.
Judging from population, natural resources, and human capital, the European Union should be the leading power of the world. For the moment, however, its stagnation obstructs its potential leadership. What we call the European Project has been stopped in its tracks. We have a monetary union, and we have taken a few tentative steps towards some kind of political union, but we have no tax or fiscal union – no debt financing union – to go with it. And that is likely to remain the case.
The refugee problem won’t go away. No matter how hard populists try to put up walls and seal off borders, they keep on coming. The surge is understandable after nearly two decades of non-stop war in the Middle East and West Asia. It seems half the world is looking for a new home.
Valeriy Chaly, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States of America: US foreign policy is likely to be position-of-strength policy
January 3, Ukraine and the United States marked the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations. It would be an understatement to say that many changes have happened since that time. The changes have been dramatic, and a special period has begun with the direct Russian aggression against Ukraine. Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States, Valeriy Chaly tells in the interview with Ukrinform about the achievements in relations between Kyiv and Washington during this period, Ukraine’s expectations from the new US administration, prospects regarding Washington’s plans to continue to put pressure on Russia and provide Ukraine with lethal weapons.
Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaçi said Tuesday (24 January) that he hoped for long-awaited recognition from former foe Serbia as he left for a meeting in Brussels with Belgrade’s top leaders.
On January 20, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius visited Warsaw by invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland.
"Next year could be the most consequential for Europe since the Berlin Wall fell, or maybe even since the end of World War II," argues MSC chairman Wolfgang Ischinger in an op-ed for TIME. "It is no exaggeration to say that the European Union's future lies in the balance."
Ukraine hopes to attract Chinese to the process of settlement in the Donbass. This follows from the official statement of the presidential press service on the basis of the talks held in Davos, Petro Poroshenko and leader Xi Jinping. In what format can connect China to resolve the conflict, not reported. The main question - to succeed in the new situation prevailing in the world, save the "Norman format" and the Minsk process.