[EFE-EPA/Pool/Rolex Dela Pena]

Politically, Beijing reaches out to regions in Central Europe that belonged exclusively to Russia not so long ago. Economically, China has nothing to bounce from. Success has been vastly limited, so Beijing has started to change its strategy. 

[EPA-EFE/Robert Ghement]

Multilateralism will not disappear, Europe will become more involved in its own security and the pressure on austerity shall drive the sharing of responsibility. Ministers, ambassadors, and other experts from the domestic security scene share their opinions.

[TASR/AP/Presidential Press Service/Pool]

Although Visegrad countries do not pose a notable source of investment for Turkey, Ankara perceives them as an alternative to countries in Western Europe. Not only do they support Turkey within both NATO and EU, their rhetoric towards the regime is not very harsh. Public opinion within Visegrad countries, however, remains troubled.

[EPA-EFE/Alexei Druzhinin]

Among all EU countries, Czech Republic's trade relations with Russia is the most beneficial. Bulgarians show the most positive stance towards Russia. By contrast, Poland perceives Russia as its most serious threat. What makes Russia seem legitimate in central and eastern Europe?