Just as two submarines from China visited Malaysia this week, two Russian vessels are visiting the Philippines, and this is turning heads. In addition, Russia says it wants to hold naval exercises in the South China Sea with Malaysia, China and the Philippines. Defence analysts are trying to figure out how all this will play out as a new president, Donald Trump, takes over in the United States on Jan 20. Source Free Malaysia Today
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The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats have overtaken the center-right Moderates and are the second most popular party in the Nordic country, polls showed this week. The party got 19.2 percent support in a poll published on Thursday by Novus for Swedish Television. Source: Reuters
Hundreds of supporters of the United Patriots coalition blocked border checkpoints between Bulgaria and Turkey for several hours on March 21 in a bid to prevent “electoral tourism”. Sofia has several times criticised what it says is interference in the election by Turkish officials. Source: Bneintellinews
The EU has once again urged Macedonia to let Albanian parties join a new government and to stop “playing with fire” on ethnic hate speech. Nikola Gruevski said over the weekend: “We are left alone to defend the country. The people will have to defend the country”. Source: EUobserver