On 22-23 May, U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Israel. His visit is meant to portray his administration as more willing to consider Israel's strategic interests than did President Barack Obama's.
Massive anti-government protests in Budapest in April this year have not changed the distribution of support among Hungary’s political parties. Although Hungarians increasingly favour change, the party with the greatest chance of winning the parliamentary elections in April 2018 is still Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz.
So far, the Trump administration has been passive in its relations with Poland and the other Central European states. For those knowledgeable about Polish-American relations, this attitude certainly rings a bell. However, President Trump could still avoid the setbacks his predecessor in the White House experienced early in his presidency.
Presidential elections in Iran will be held on 19 May. The strongest candidates are Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s current president, and Ebrahim Raisi, who is said to be a favourite of Iran’s Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Khamenei.
The “Belt and Road” forum will take place on 14–15 May in Beijing. Twenty-nine world leaders will attend, including Poland Prime Minister Beata Szydło. China has focused enormous attention on this event.
South Korea’s centre-left candidate from the Democratic Party, Moon Jae-in, won the presidential elections on 9 May, ending a political crisis that had lasted several months and culminated in the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. Moon proposes greater openness to North Korea, firmness in relations with the U.S., and better ties with China.
Emmanuel Macron won the race for the French presidency on Sunday,
collecting 66.06% of the popular vote. Macron’s rival, the leader of the
far-right National Front (FN), Marine Le Pen, picked up 33.94% of the vote. The
turnout exceeded 74%.
In March, the most significant anti-government protests since 2012 took place in Russia, ostensibly against corruption. The biggest political winner was opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who wants to run in next year’s presidential election. The protests have forced Russian President Vladimir Putin to find a new electoral strategy.