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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: Governance Instabilities In Europe (November 12 to 17, 2018)

The European Union and the United Kingdom (UK) reached a draft agreement over Brexit, but Prime Minister of the UK Theresa May lost cabinet and junior ministers in the process. Sweden still has no government, and Austria and the Czech Republic withdrew from a non-binding United Nations pact on migration. In the UK, Miss May won her cabinet’s support for the draft agreement, though she lost two cabinet ministers – Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Dominic Raab and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Esther McVey – along with a number of other junior ministers, and the agreement still needs the approval of parliament. And in Sweden, lawmakers rejected a proposed minority coalition led by the second-largest party, the first time in Swedish history that a proposal for a new prime minister has been defeated. 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

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