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The Weekly Global Roundup: Uncertainty In Europe (November 26 to December 1, 2018)

At a special summit, the 27 remaining European Union (EU) leaders signed off the Brexit agreement with the United Kingdom (UK) after Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez lifted his threat of an effective veto, but UK Prime Minister Theresa May will find it challenging to convince her parliament to vote for the deal. In the same week, defence ministers of 25 EU countries also agreed to form a join EU intelligence school to deepen defence cooperation. In France, major protests against mounting gas prices and eco-taxes – which have morphed into a wider demonstration against the government – led to dozens of arrests. And in Ukraine, the country’s parliament voted to declare martial law in areas bordering Russia after a naval clash. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Post-Midterms Polarisation And Partisanship (November 5 to 10, 2018)

At the conclusion of the midterm elections in the United States, the Democrats took back the House of Representatives, while the Republicans strengthened its control of the Senate. President Donald Trump characterised the evening as a “tremendous success”. It was one of the most diverse – with a record number of women, LGBTQ candidates, and Muslims running, and the election of the first Muslim woman and the first Native American woman in Congress, the youngest congresswoman ever, and the country’s first openly gay male governor – yet most expensive mid-terms ever. Over five billion dollars were spent. In a polarised and partisan Congress, the House of Representatives is likely to be an investigatory body, launching investigations into Mr. Trump and his cabinet and going after his tax returns, while Senate is likely to continue minting judges across the country. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Disruptions To The Political Status Quo In Brazil And Germany (October 29 to November 3, 2018)

As far-right former army captain Jair Bolsonaro emerged as Brazil’s president-elect, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that she would not seek another term as her country’s chancellor. In Brazil, Mr. Bolsonaro – who had won the first round of the presidential election earlier this month and who had been stabbed at a campaign event in September this year – was declared the winner of his country’s presidential election after winning more than 55 per cent of the vote. In Germany, where Miss Merkel’s coalition received the worst results since the Second World War in Bavaria’s regional elections last week and haemorrhaged support in the regional election of Hesse, the chancellor announced thereafter that she would not seek another term as chancellor. Continue reading

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