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The Weekly Global Roundup: European Establishment Parties In Trouble (March 5 to 10, 2018)

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!

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Former Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi.

March 5 to 10, 2018

National elections in Italy – the European Union’s third-largest economy – resulted in a hung parliament with no outright winner. Populist parties, the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and a conservative, centre-right bloc of the anti-migrant Northern League and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia collectively, won more than half the overall vote. The ruling Democratic Party of Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, on the other hand, took less than 20 per cent of the vote”. In Germany, the Social Democrats voted to continue their ruling coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, thereby guaranteeing the chancellor her fourth and likely final term. This conclusion to the September elections in 2017 is fraught with challenges in the future.

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  • Seven people were killed in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, and while there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack previous attacks in the country have been conducted by allies of al-Qaeda.
  • In Nigeria, an outbreak of Lassa fever – a viral disease often acquired from infected rats – has killed at least 78 people and infected more than 353. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has described this as an “unprecedented outbreak” of the disease.
  • Chilled meat imports from South Africa have been “found to be the origin of the world’s worst-ever listeria outbreak“, prompting the South African countries of Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zambia to suspend imports of the products.

The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

  • In Michigan, a gunman shot and killed two people at a Central Michigan University residence hall.
  • Even though the state government in West Virginia announced a five per cent salary increase for teachers last week, the Senate only agreed to a four per cent increase, leaving the state’s public school teachers back on strike. The back and forth ended as the state passed a bill to give a five per cent raise to all state employees, including teachers.
  • A powerful winter storm in northeastern United States killed at least nine people.
  • President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing tariffs “on steel and aluminium imports from across the globe”.

Latin America

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