Day: February 10, 2021

Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)

CEE: 17+1 summit reaffirms dwindling appeal of Chinese investment

Enthusiasm for the 17+1 cooperation format with China is waning among the EU members in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) due to unfulfilled investment pledges, and rising concerns over security and geopolitical pressures. As a result, Beijing will likely focus on fostering its relations with a handful of countries situated mostly outside the EU.… Read the rest


GREECE: Struggling with crisis management

  • The government is increasingly struggling to maintain an image of competence and sensible management of the public health emergency.
  • Meanwhile, the budget is off track after just the first month of the year due to the escalating costs of the pandemic.
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SPAIN: What to watch after the Catalan election

The regional election taking place in Catalonia this Sunday, 14 February, will determine whether the new Catalan government develops a more confrontational stance towards Madrid on the secession issue. On the national level, the vote could complicate cooperation between the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) and the ruling minority coalition of the Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) and Unidas Podemos.… Read the rest