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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: “Europeans Must Really Take Our Destiny Into Our Own Hands” (May 29 to June 3, 2017)

This roundup covers news summaries across six regions: Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America. Wherever possible I draw links to Singapore, but I think it is more important to understand geopolitical developments around the world, to draw attention to meaningful news stories, and to highlight both positive and negative events.

Around the world, I rely primarily on the email newsletters from “The Economist“, “Foreign Policy“, “Muck Rack“, “The New York Times“, “The Wall Street Journal“, and “The World Post“. In Singapore, the weekly digests from the European Union Centre and the Middle East Institute are handy. Do send me recommendations of news outlets or articles too, to jinyao.guan.yin.miao[a]gmail.com!

Taken from: http://www.irishtimes.com/polopoly_fs/1.3099382.1495988434!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_620_330/image.jpg.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

May 29 to June 3, 2017

After meeting with United States President Donald Trump at the Group of 7 (G7) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) last week – and especially after Mr. Trump said he needed more time, to decide whether his country will honour the 2015 Paris Agreement, and after he accused NATO allies of not spending enough on defence – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that while friendly relations must be maintained with Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, “We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands“. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel also had harsh words, that “The short-sighted policies of the American government stand against the interests of the European Union (EU)“. President of the EU Council Donald Tusk, however, said he was more optimistic after the talks in Brussels: “Our partners in the G7 are much more responsible than the first impression after the election in the United States“.

Foreign Policy” has a great commentary, on Mr. Trump’s trip to Europe, the European disengagement, and their implications.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

Latin America

  • As many as 200,000 people gathered in Argentina to protest a Supreme Court decision on a “two-for-one law“, which could reduce the prison sentences of those convicted of crimes against humanity during the country’s last military dictatorship.
  • Brazil‘s “graduation dilemma” has a domestic and a geopolitical component. Domestically, corruption is rife and money politics remains an issue. Geopolitically, the country is choosing between “a more autonomous type of development or a more dependency-based foreign policy” – balancing or bandwagoning – and the need for greater cohesion among different stakeholders.
  • At least four people died in Honduras, after a stampede at a football match.

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