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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Unfinished Business In Europe And Latin America (December 25 to 30, 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.telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/news/2017/10/13/TELEMMGLPICT000095172686-xlarge_trans_NvBQzQNjv4Bq-LJS7LKjeK9Zr8QxHnNHG7WmUWN4JPh7xJS2j89Q238.jpeg.


December 25 to 30, 2017

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had planned to put an end to the pro-independence movement in Catalonia, when he called for fresh elections about a month ago, and with the main leaders in prison or self-imposed exile. Surprising pollsters, however, separatist or pro-independence parties look set to hold on to their narrow majority in the regional parliament, ensuring that the political turmoil will continue. In Poland, the European Commission has triggered Article 7 against the country for “a risk of serious breach of the rule of law”. If recommendations are not adopted within the next three months (which is likely to be the case), Poland’s voting rights in the European Union (EU) could be suspended. And in Honduras, despite voting irregularities and accusations of fraud within the electoral commission as well as the recognition by the United States of the electoral victory of incumbent president Juan Orlando Hernández, the protests continue, with the EU – together with the Organisation of American States – now weighing in too.

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The Asia-Pacific


  • In Catalonia, where voters – in a referendumvoted to secede from Spain, fresh elections were called about a month ago. Separatist or pro-independence parties, however, looked set to hold on to their narrow majority in the regional parliament. Surprising pollsters, the success of these parties is widely perceived to be a rebuke of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
  • For “a risk of serious breach of the rule of law” – prompted by a decision to give politicians more significant influence over judicial appointments, but the culmination of a two-year investigation, the European Commission triggered Article 7 against Poland. If the country does not adopt the Commission’s recommendations within the next three months (which is likely to be the case), its voting rights in the European Union (EU) could be suspended and its access to EU funds could also be limited.
  • A Chinese tourist was killed in Iceland, when the coach with 44 passengers overturned.

The Middle East

North America

Latin America

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