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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: The End Of Open European Borders? (July 2 to 7, 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!

Taken from https://www.thetimes.co.uk/imageserver/image/methode%2Ftimes%2Fprod%2Fweb%2Fbin%2F81eb5994-7a09-11e8-9c4a-473552a1b7c8.jpg?crop=3497%2C1967%2C16%2C60&resize=685.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

July 2 to 7, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had welcomed hundreds of thousands of migrants into her country, agreed to tighten Germany’s border with Austria and to build screening camps for asylum seekers, so as to save her government. In the face of an internal rebellion, she is at her weakest point in office. In response to these planned restrictions in Germany, Austria said it would work to protect its own borders, “with the risk of a domino effect in Europe”. And related to this European issue of immigration, the Danish government has been criticised for its assimilation programmes in low-income immigrant neighbourhoods and its “increasingly sub-human vernacular used to describe Muslim immigrants”, while the Polish government carried out a sweeping purge of the Supreme Court.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

  • The deaths of six people are connected to a heat wave in Montreal, Canada.
  • For months, a strain of E. coli bacteria which contaminated romaine lettuce is likely to have caused the deaths of five people. Federal officials have now traced the source to an irrigation canal in Arizona.
  • Chief of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt resigned amid allegations of legal and ethical violations.

Latin America

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