Global Political Calendar: Vietnam's new leadership, Turkey-EU ties
In the coming week, Vietnam will announce its new president and prime minister, and European leaders will meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, aiming to relaunch cooperation.
Who will be Vietnam's new leaders?
The 14th National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam, the country's top legislature is expected to vote on the replacement of leadership positions of the state, including the president and the prime minister, next week at its ongoing 11th session.
Party chief, president, prime minister and NA chair are seen as the "four pillars" of the country's leadership.
The NA on Friday relieved Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of his duties, clearing the way for his presidential candidacy. Phuc was earlier put forward by the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee as the sole nominee to succeed Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong.
Vuong Dinh Hue, former minister of finance and ex-deputy prime minister, was elected as the chairman of the NA as well as the National Election Council on Wednesday.
The session is scheduled to conclude on April 8. Vietnam will hold a general election in May to elect deputies to the 15th NA and the People's Councils at all levels.
What's next for Turkey-EU ties?
European Union chiefs Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen will travel to Turkey to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on April 6, after a spike in tensions over the eastern Mediterranean last year.
The trip comes after EU leaders last week agreed to relaunch cooperation with Ankara on migration and trade, albeit in a "phased, proportionate and reversible" manner.
Enduring years of economic turmoil, Erdogan has launched a charm offensive for cooling down tensions between Turkey and the EU.
Turkey, an EU candidate since 2005, has repeatedly urged the 27-nation bloc to update a 2016 migrant deal under which it curbed entries into Europe in exchange for EU's financial support, saying the bloc has not kept its promises.
The bloc's members are divided over their approach to Ankara, with Cyprus, Greece and France urging a tough line while others, led by economic powerhouse Germany, pushing for more engagement.
Day by day
Monday: The 14th National Assembly of Vietnam continues its 11th session (till April 8).
Tuesday: European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen meet Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias visit Libya. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi visits Libya (till April 7). Greenland holds general election. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pays a visit to Pakistan (till April 7).
Wednesday: World Health Day
Thursday: 10th anniversary of the signing the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) between Russia and the U.S.