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The Weekly Global Roundup: Successes And Failures At Reconciliation (January 28 to February 2, 2019)

France and Germany signed the Treaty of Aachen and in Afghanistan the Taliban and the United States said they agreed in principle to a peace framework, as the celebration of Australia Day remains contested, the Palestinian government submitted its resignation, and the Brexit turmoil continues in the United Kingdom. With successes: France and Germany signed the Franco-German treaty focused on political and economic cooperation, and in Afghanistan the Taliban and the US said they agreed in principle to a peace framework. With failures: The celebration of Australia Day – or Invasion Day – remains contested, attempts at reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas in Palestine have remained unsuccessful, and the UK’s plans to reopen negotiations with the European Union have been rejected. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Chaos In Venezuela, Back In The Spotlight (January 21 to 26, 2019)

Venezuela is back in the news for three immediate reasons: Growing popular protests against the government of President Nicolás Maduro, the declaration by an opposition lawmaker of the illegitimacy of the government, as well as the involvement of other countries. In the beginning of the week, a small team of soldiers – days ahead of a national call for protests issued by the opposition-controlled National Assembly – attempted an uprising against the government. Later in the week, Vice President of the United States Mike Pence publicly criticised Mr. Maduro, sending a videotaped message to the country’s residents. President Donald Trump then recognised the opposition leader as the interim president. These moves are crafted with the intent to pressure Mr. Maduro to step aside and to restore democracy in Venezuela, and countries in Latin America such as Argentina and Brazil followed with recognitions. Yet countries such as Bolivia, China, Mexico, Russia, and Turkey continue to back the government of Mr. Maduro. The country’s military chief also declared loyalty to him. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: A Second Brexit Referendum? (January 14 to 19, 2019)

The Brexit deal offered by Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK) Theresa May was defeated by a vote of 432 to 202. The majority of 230 against the prime minister is the biggest government defeat since 1924. Later, by a vote of 325 to 306, the prime minister survived a confidence vote in parliament. In the aftermath, four options are now likely: First, a new deal with the European Union; second, a no-deal Brexit on March 29, 2019; third, postponement of the Brexit date; and fourth, a second referendum within the UK. “The Economist” argues for the fourth option: “The give and take that Brexit requires mean that no form of exit will resemble the prospectus the public were recklessly sold in 2016”. “The New York Times”, however, lays out five big risks for a second referendum. Continue reading

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