Global Political Calendar: Trump's last State of the Union address?
French President Emmanuel Macron visits Poland, U.S. President Donald Trump delivers State of the Union address, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov starts Latin American trip, and Irish House of Representatives election starts.
France's Macron sets sights on mending ties with Poland
French President Emmanuel Macron will pay his first visit to Poland on Monday in a bid to mend ties strained over Warsaw's controversial judicial reforms and its position on EU climate goals.
Macron is set to hold talks with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki as well as the speakers of both houses of parliament in Warsaw on Monday before meeting with students in the southern city of Krakow on Tuesday.
Macron's office said the trip, his first abroad this year, was aimed at "clarifying the French position on many European issues, opening up new areas of cooperation with a major EU partner and stressing the need to protect European democratic values."
Despite their political differences, economic ties between the two EU partners remain strong and stable. France ranks sixth on Poland's list of trade partners, having exchanged nearly 23 billion U.S. dollars worth of goods in 2018.
Trump will focus on economic boom in annual speech
With the timing of a final impeachment vote still up in the air, U.S. President Donald Trump plans to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday and focus on a U.S. economic boom that he hopes will spur his re-election.
There has been speculation that the White House would push for a postponement so the speech was not overshadowed by the Senate trial.
Trump says he wants to deliver the State of the Union as scheduled even if his impeachment trial is ongoing, stating that delivering the annual address is "very important to what I am doing" in setting his administration's agenda.
A senior administration official said the speech would follow a broad theme that he referred to as the "Great American Comeback." The official added the president will argue that the U.S. economy under his stewardship is lifting up blue-collar workers and middle-class Americans.
Russian FM visits Latin America
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will visit Latin America from February 5 to 8, including Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela, according to foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zajarova.
Zajarova told Prensa Latina that the U.S. coercive measures against Cuba will be one of the issues of discussion with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez.
Russia and Cuba have a comprehensive development program until 2030, including railway repair and updating, construction of energy blocks, training of specialists, medical cooperation and many other issues.
Sergey Lavrov will also meet in Mexico with his counterpart, Marcelo Ebrard, to talk about cooperation between Mexico and regional integration bodies, Zajarova stated.
Lavrov will also travel to Venezuela to talk with his counterpart Jorge Arreaza, and with Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, and President Nicolas Maduro, according to the foreign ministry spokeswoman.
Day by day
Monday: German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds talks with Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan visits Malaysia (to February 4), French President Emmanuel Macron visits Poland (to February 4).
Tuesday: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers State of the Union address, Argentine President Alberto Fernandez visits Spain, World Cancer Day, European Police Congress kicks off in Berlin (to February 5), North Macedonia President Stevo Pendarovski visits Warsaw.
Wednesday: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meets Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez to kick off a three-day trip to Latin America, European Commission Vice President Margrethe Vestager holds a debate with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell on European defense in Brussels.
Thursday: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meets Mexican government officials in Mexico, International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation 2020.
Friday: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov holds talks with the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa visits India (to February 11).
Saturday: Irish House of Representatives election starts.