All trends

Belarus-West relations

Minsk develops cooperation with the EU regions and expects reciprocity from Brussels

July 30 – August 5

Belarus extended visa-free stay for western nationals amid improved trade indicators

July 23 – July 29

Normalisation between Belarus and the West is ongoing setting new rapprochement milestones

July 16 – July 22

Belarus continues attempts to penetrate the EU market

July 9 – July 15

The EU positively assessed the Belarusian NPP’s stress test results

July 2 – July 8

Belarus-EU: the policy of normalisation pays off

June 25 – July 1

Belarus and the EU: positive developments, yet crucial issues remain unresolved

June 18 – June 24

Belarus’ relations with some EU member states have shown more progress than relations with the EU

June 11 – June 17

The normalisation policy with the West brings fruits, but the inertia of isolation still dominates

June 4 – June 10

Belarus continues to pursue a strategy aimed at boosting bilateral cooperation with some EU states

May 28 – June 3

Minsk is becoming more appealing to the West as a regional security facilitator

May 21 – May 27

Minsk sends positive signals to the West aspiring to continue normalisation

May 14 – May 20

Minsk continues advancing bilateral relations with some EU member states

May 7 – May 13

Amid the lack of progress with the EU, Minsk steps up bilateral cooperation with Western countries

April 30 – May 6

The Belarusian authorities rely on law enforcement and administrative pressure to boost the public sector’s performance

April 30 – May 6

The 3rd Belarus-EU Coordination Group meeting: no significant progress in bilateral relations

April 23 – April 29

Albeit the West is criticising Minsk for human rights violations, it is ready for practical cooperation

April 16 – April 22

Belarus continues practical cooperation with the West amidst slow political normalisation

April 16 – April 22

The ongoing dialogue with the West is yet unable to prompt a compete rethink of relations with Belarus

April 2 – April 8

Minsk consistently pursues the normalisation policy with the West

March 26 – April 1

Minsk consistently pursues the normalisation policy with the West

March 26 – April 1

Belarus and EU: the discourse has exacerbated, however revision of cooperation is unlikely

March 19 – March 25

Minsk has advanced its interests in the West, yet there were no immediate results

March 12 – March 18

Belarus’ dialogue with the West is ongoing, yet Minsk is not ready to step it up by making meaningful concessions

March 5 – March 11

Minsk uses every opportunity to convey its position on the international arena

February 26 – March 4

EU rhetoric has worsened

February 19 – February 25

No changes in relations with the West, but parties show understanding of each other’s interests

February 12 – February 18

Relations with the West have reached a “plateau” and would develop within existing frameworks

February 5 – February 11

Normalisation with the West is still on the table

January 29 – February 4

West strengthens criticism of Belarus on human rights issues, freedom of expression and political freedoms

January 22 – January 28

The dynamics of Belarus’ relations with the West may slow down

January 15 – January 21

In relations with the West, Belarus plans to adhere to the previously outlined normalisation plan

January 8 – January 14

Annual review 2017: stable normalization and tactics of small steps in relations with the West

January 1 – January 7

The Belarus-EU normalisation process is slow, significant qualitative changes have not been achieved

December 11 – December 17

Minsk continues to seek normalization of relations with the West

December 4 – December 10

Practical cooperation between Belarus and the EU is expanding amid decreased political contacts

November 27 – December 3

The Eastern Partnership Summit has advanced Belarusian-European relations half a step

November 20 – November 26