In Ukraine, the far-right Azov movement is attracting more and more young recruits. A Buddhist monastery in the Russian Urals is under threat because of the iron ore it sits on. A mining company is moving in.
Within the EU, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia form a regional body of their own: the Visegrad Group, or V4. The countries differ on many issues, but they have embraced similar migration policies.
Over 80 percent of Poles support EU membership, but the Law and Justice Party has halted the country's integration into the bloc. As PiS puts it, the European Union is a necessary evil — one to be handled with hostility.
Negotiations for the first post-Brexit EU budget will start in 2018. Germany will be the biggest contributor to the budget. Will it use its leverage to make recalcitrant member states like Poland behave differently?
Looking toward the upcoming Bundestag elections, Ukrainian writer Serhiy Zhadan calls for an honest dialogue between Germany and Ukraine. He criticizes the attitude of some German politicians in the Eastern Ukraine.
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