Was diese Woche auf uns zu kommt

Die wichtigsten politischen und ökonomischen Events rund um die Welt – so weit heute absehbar, natürlich:

EUROPE

  • March 10: Eurozone finance ministers will meet in Brussels ahead of a March 11 meeting of all EU finance ministers.
  • March 10: NATO’s 2014 Cold Response military exercise will begin in Norway.
  • March 10-13: The European Parliament will hold its plenary session in Strasbourg.
  • March 10-14: The European Union and the United States will hold the fourth round of free trade agreement talks in Brussels.
  • March 14: The European Union’s transport, energy and telecommunications ministers will meet in Brussels.
  • March 15: Slovakia will hold the first round of its presidential election.
  • March 16: Serbia will hold parliamentary elections.

FORMER SOVIET UNION

  • March 10: Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev will visit Russia at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invitation to discuss issues relating to bilateral cooperation.
  • March 10: Russia plans to resume pork imports from the United States after banning most U.S. meat products in 2013.
  • March 11: Leaders of Armenia, Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan will meet in Moscow to discuss Armenia’s accession to the Russian-led Customs Union.
  • March 12: Iran’s deputy foreign minister for Asia and Pacific Affairs, Ebrahim Rahimpour, will travel to Azerbaijan to discuss strengthening bilateral ties.
  • March 13: Azerbaijani and Russian businessmen will gather in Baku for a business forum.
  • March 14: Zurab Abashidze, the Georgian prime minister’s special representative for relations with Russia, will meet Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin to discuss the return of refugees and other issues.
  • March 16: Ukraine’s Crimea region will hold a referendum to decide whether Crimea should secede and join Russia or remain a part of Ukraine.

ASIA-PACIFIC

  • March 10: The Bank of Japan will hold a two-day meeting to decide whether to tighten its monetary policy.
  • March 12: Thailand’s Constitutional Court will rule on the constitutionality of the government’s 2.2 trillion-baht (70 billion-dollar) borrowing bill, which the Senate passed in November 2013 to fund potential infrastructure and development projects.
  • March 12-13: Japan and the United States will hold talks in Washington on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • March 14: Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is required to respond to negligence charges brought against her by the National Anti-Corruption Commission over the government’s rice-pledging scheme.
  • March 16: Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang will begin a state visit to Japan.

SOUTH ASIA

  • March 10: U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will travel to India to attend the U.S.-India Energy Dialogue. The two sides will discuss shale gas exploration, strategic petroleum reserves and the potential for U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas to India.
  • March 10: Malaysian Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz will visit India and Sri Lanka to discuss increasing tourist numbers.
  • March 11: India’s Supreme Court will hold the next hearing in Nokia India’s case against Indian tax authorities, who have tried to prevent Nokia’s sale of a local plant to Microsoft.
  • March 13: Some 20,000 Coal India workers will stage a three-day strike that may become an indefinite strike if the company fails to agree to their demands by March 15.
  • March 13: Indian Chief of Army Staff Gen. Bikram Singh will travel to Nepal for a two-day visit to discuss military cooperation.
  • March 13: Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen will hold a second round of talks in Colombo on fishing rights in the Palk Strait.
  • March 15: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will open a Southern Expressway extension funded by China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corp.

MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA

  • March 10: Lawmakers from Lebanon, Iran, Iraq and Syria will meet in Tehran ahead of an Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting to be held in Geneva from March 16 to March 20.

AMERICAS

  • March 10-11: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto will continue his visit to Ecuador and Chile.
  • March 10: Colombian Foreign Affairs Minister Maria Angela Holguin will travel to the Czech Republic to meet with Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek.
  • March 11: Chilean President-elect Michelle Bachelet will take office. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will attend the inauguration and Peruvian President Ollanta Humala will meet with Bachelet following the event.
  • March 12: Brazilian activist group Popular Independent Front will hold a protest in Rio de Janeiro against the upcoming World Cup.
  • March 12: An anti-government branch of the Argentine Workers’ Central Union will protest in Buenos Aires’ Plaza de Mayo.

AFRICA

  • Unspecified date: A team from the International Monetary Fund will travel to Zimbabwe to review the government’s economic policies and examine possibilities for future funding.
  • Unspecified date: Member countries of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development will meet in Ethiopia ahead of peace talks between opposing sides in the South Sudan conflict.
  • March 11: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will appoint a new set of Cabinet ministers as part of a government reshuffle.
  • March 12: Heads of Zimbabwean opposition party Movement for Democratic Change will meet to discuss leadership succession.
  • March 12-14: Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy will travel to Khartoum, Sudan, for a meeting of the Ministerial Council for the Sahel and Sahara.
  • March 12-15: French naval frigate Nivose will dock in Durban, South Africa, as part of bilateral maritime cooperation between the two countries.

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