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The Weekly Global Roundup: 2018 In Review

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

The Weekly Global Roundup: Early Elections To Come In Spain (February 11 to 16, 2019)

Amidst political turbulence, Spain is set to organise its third election in less than four years. And even though early general election was called for April 28, the political gridlock is only set to continue. At the start of the week in Madrid, thousands of people demonstrated against the prime minister’s plan to ease political tensions in Catalonia. As opposed to the moves for independence, these demonstrators were calling for a united Spain instead. And as protestors called for the ouster of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, the trial of 12 Catalan separatist leaders – who are accused of rebellion and other crimes stemmed to the declaration of Catalan independence in 2017 – began. Later in the week, the Spanish government later lost a crucial budgetary vote in parliament, which will likely lead to a snap election. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Theresa May’s Solid Speech, As Brexit Nears (October 1 to 6, 2018)

As Brexit nears, and as the Conservative party in the United Kingdom (UK) concluded its party conference, Prime Minister Theresa May delivered one of her most effective speeches of her tenure. Earlier in the week – following the persistent Brexit disagreements between the European Union (EU) and the UK, the prime minister had said that a “no-deal Brexit would be preferable to the EU proposals that would risk breaking up the UK”. Following these Brexit developments, however, was a report that the rate of child poverty has increased in the country: About 600,000 children have fallen back into “relative poverty” since 2012, and the number of children who seek food handouts from the country’s largest network of food banks has more than tripled from 127,000 to 484,000. Continue reading