I think foreign relations may have gotten damaged in the new patch.
Before the patch, there were several factors that appeared in the influences column of foreign relations and some that appeared in effects column. Now these factors have all been switched around and don’t make sense.
CO2 emmisions: used to be in the influences column of foreign relations–simulating bad relations with other countries because of your nations pollution. Now CO2 emmission appear in the EFFECTS column, which means your nation’s CO2 emmisions are actually decreased BECAUSE you are getting along with other nations, which makes no sense.
TERRORISM: Terrorism used to be in the EFFECTS column of FOREIGN RELATIONS–meaning that if you have horrible relations with other nations, foreign terrorists are more likely attack. Now since the patch, TERRORISM appears in the influences column, which means that now the level of terrorism is what effects you relationship with other nations, rather than the other way around as it should be.
INTERNATIONAL TRADE–this used to be in the EFFECTS column of FOREIGN RELATIONS–simulating more trade with nations you get along with. Since Patch, TRADE is in the influences column, so rather than trade being affected by your relationship with other nations, trade itself is what determines your relations with other nations.