May 26, 2018 | 14:49 GMT

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Geopolitical Calendar: Week of May 28, 2018

A worker in Germany oversees steel production while wearing protective gear.
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Stay informed about the most significant meetings and events planned for the week ahead.


  • All Week: Giuseppe Conte, the candidate for Italy's next prime minister, is expected to present a proposal for his Cabinet to Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
  • May 29: The European Commission presents its budget proposal for spending programs, including agriculture, environmental action and economic union programs.
  • May 29: The French Senate assembles to discuss proposed railway reforms that have prompted numerous protests.
  • May 30: Anti-austerity strikes are planned in Greece.
  • June 1: The European Union's temporary exemption from U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum expires.
  • June 3: Slovenia holds parliamentary elections.


  • May 28: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian concludes his visit to Armenia.
  • May 29-30: Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to discuss and supplies and restarting construction on the nuclear power plant in Belene, Bulgaria.
  • May 30-31: Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian visits Georgia.
  • May 31: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits North Korea. 


  • May 29-June 2: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels to Indonesia and Singapore to advance his Act East policy.
  • May 29 - June 2: Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang visits Japan.
  • May 31: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits North Korea.
  • June 2: The Philippine Congress adjourns after a two-week session intended to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law.
  • June 1-3: Singapore hosts the Shangri-La Dialogue, a security summit which will include the participation of defense officials from over 50 countries.
  • June 2-4: U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross visits China for trade talks.

South Asia

  • May 28: Four special elections for vacated seats in India's lower house of parliament are scheduled to take place.
  • May 30: India and Nepal begin 13 days of joint military exercises in Pithoragarh, India.
  • May 31: The Pakistani government formed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party completes its five-year term, opening the door for a temporary caretaker government to rule until elections in July.

Middle East/North Africa

  • May 29: Turkey's deputy prime minister and the head of its central bank travel to London in an attempt to reassure investors.
  • May 31: A senior Iranian official has said that the European Union must present Iran with a plan for the future of the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, by the end of May.


  • All Week: Brazil's truck drivers continue to strike.
  • May 31: Brazil's central bank meets.
  • May 31: Kinder Morgan may back out of the Trans Mountain pipeline project if the governments involved cannot come to an agreement by the end of May.  
  • June 1: U.S. import tariffs on steel and aluminum take effect.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • May 28: Angolan President Joao Lourenco departs for his first official visit to France for a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.

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