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The Week Ahead: December 15-21

December 18: The third anniversary of the death of former Czech President Vaclav Havel.
December 18: The third anniversary of the death of former Czech President Vaclav Havel.
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

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MONDAY, December 15:
EU: European Parliament's plenary session opens in Strasbourg (to December 18).

EU/Ukraine: Brussels hosts an EU-Ukraine Association Council meeting.
TUESDAY, December 16:
Kazakhstan: Independence Day.

EU/Ukraine: EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini visits Kyiv.
Montenegro: Brussels hosts a EU-Montenegro Intergovernmental Conference.
Serbia/China: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Belgrade to attend the third leaders' meeting of China and Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries.
WEDNESDAY, December 17:
EU/Middle East: MEPs are scheduled to vote on a resolution on whether Palestine should be recognized as a state.
EU/Moldova: European Parliament holds discussion in Strasbourg and vote on the autonomous trade preferences for Moldova.
Iran: France, Russia, China, U.K., U.S., and Germany (P5+1 group) are scheduled to resume nuclear negotiations with Iran in Geneva.
Iran: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu visits Tehran.
Ukraine: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko makes a state visit to Poland (to December 18).
THURSDAY, December 18:
EU: A meeting of the European Council begins in Brussels (to December 19).​
Czech Republic: The third anniversary of the death of Vaclav Havel, Czech poet, playwright, dissident, and first president of postcommunist Czechoslovakia and later the Czech Republic.
Serbia/France: Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic visits Paris, meets with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.
FRIDAY, December 19:
Croatia/Turkey: Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic visits Ankara.​
Russia/Serbia: Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic visits Moscow, meets with Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.
SATURDAY, December 20:

SUNDAY, December 21:

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