Your cheat-sheet to developments around the world in 2018, and what to expect in 2019. For almost two years on a weekly basis, I have been summarising news stories across six regions – Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America – and for the first time I am summarising the biggest stories from 2018, focused on drawing links across the year. Continue reading
Following two weeks of uncertainty and unrest in Europe, events surrounding France, Germany, and the United Kingdom (UK) continue to dominate the global discourse. In France, a shooting in Strasbourg left two people dead. In addition, major protests against mounting gas prices and eco-taxes have become a wider protest against President Emmanuel Macron, even if heavy security have prevented the large-scale destruction of previous weeks. Mr. Macron is now planning for people earning minimum wage to get extra money per month and to get rid of some taxes and hikes.
In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel stepped down as party leader of her ruling Christian Democrats, and her ally, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, was later elected as leader. And in the UK, the European Court of Justice first ruled that the country can unilaterally revoke Article 50. With the prospect of a defeat on her Brexit deal and facing a barrage of criticisms, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May said she would seek to delay a parliamentary vote, in the same week she won her party’s vote of no confidence by a vote of 200 to 117. Continue reading
Afghanistan continues to be trapped in a circle of violence, the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) have made some progress, and in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s fragile coalition suffers another blow. In Afghanistan, a bomb went off at an election rally in Afghanistan, killing at least 22 people, and later in the week a bomb placed under a sofa killed an election candidate. In the EU and the UK, following an acrimonious clash last month, a deal seems more likely now, with the EU said to be offering the UK a Canada+++ deal. And in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s fragile coalition received another blow, as they received the worst results since the Second World War in Bavaria’s regional elections. Continue reading