Europe is increasingly aware of Chinese economic and financial power, and the Chinese authorities are already preparing a leap in innovation and technology.
Poland will soon stop being the only CSE country among the co-owners of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). As many as 25 countries will join this year, including Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic.
The old Keynesian principle states: if you want to kick-start the economy, you should focus on investment. The Chinese have been putting this into practice for three decades.
The Balkans were once rightly called the "soft underbelly of Europe" now are being explored by capital from China.
At the third extraordinary summit of the European Union this year, an additional EUR1bn has been allocated for dealing with the migration crisis. But it has been already known that it’s not enough.
The government of Viktor Orbán has been indulging in the propaganda of success for a long time. Meanwhile, economists are debating whether Hungary's economic growth is a good reason to make optimistic long-term forecasts.
Romania attracts little interest now on the international scene, although it is still undergoing a turbulent transition. I do not really know how to deal with this country. The recent resumption of growth does not necessarily mean the end of its problems.
The cohesion of the European Union is constantly called into question. Its consolidation is not a foregone conclusion. The longer the crisis lasts the more probable a drift towards division.