Against the background of a sharp increase in the number of cases of coronavirus, the EU countries are introducing more and more stringent measures to combat the spread of infection. However, the measures taken differ in many ways, which prompted representatives of the expert community to call on European leaders for a common action plan.
Against the background of the closure due to the pandemic of external borders in Russia, the number of migrants has sharply decreased from 11 million to 6.3 million, and therefore, in 50 out of 77 regions there is an acute shortage of workers in the sphere of construction and housing and communal services. To improve the situation on the labor market, the Russian government intends to simplify the entry of labor migrants into the country.
The European Commission of the EU (EC) has presented to the EU institutions the European Action Plan for Democracy (Action Plan), which focuses on the EU’s fight against the spread of disinformation.
The joint decision of the delegations of Kabul and the Taliban Movement on a three-week break in the inter-Afghan dialogue for internal coordination of the draft agenda of the upcoming negotiations presented by the parties received a wide response. The dialogue is scheduled to resume on 5 January 2021.
During a meeting on economic issues, President Vladimir Putin noted that sunflower oil rose in price by 23.8%, flour by 12.9%, pasta by 10.5%, and bread and bakery products - by 6.3%.
Cooperation in the development of vaccines is becoming one of the main tools for strengthening Chinese influence in the Persian Gulf countries in the "coronavirus" period. This is confirmed by the active interaction of influential Arab states in the region - Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain with Chinese developers in the third phase of vaccine trials.
The expert community is actively commenting on the results of a survey of Afghans conducted by the Institute for War and Peace Studies on the peace process and the political future of Afghanistan.
The focus of attention of Kazakh experts is the situation with corruption in the country. According to the Agency for Combating Corruption, from January to November 2020, 2,100 corruption crimes were registered, which is 12% more compared to the same period of 2019. The amount of damage was about US$95 million.
A scientific forum “Strategy for Russia” organized by the Free Economic Society of Russia and the International Union of Economists was held in Moscow to discuss measures to restore the Russian economy.
Against the background of the ongoing rivalry between Russia and Turkey, the Turkish Stream - Gazprom’s new export pipeline designed to supply gas to Turkey and transit through it to Europe, faces a number of serious problems.