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The Weekly Global Roundup: Continued Uncertainty And Unrest In Europe (December 3 to 8, 2018)

Following the uncertainty last week, there is continued unrest in Europe, with major protests in France, Brexit challenges in the United Kingdom, and worry about the use of cyberattacks to manipulate elections. In France, for the third weekend in a row, major protests against mounting gas prices and eco-taxes continued. This “yellow vest” movement has become a wider protest against President Emmanuel Macron, who announced a suspension of fuel tax and utility hikes later in the week. In the United Kingdom, for the first time ever, the British government was found in contempt of Parliament after it refused to publish the full legal advice underpinning its Brexit plan. And in Europe in general, a survey found that 61 per cent of Europeans worry about the use of cyberattacks to manipulate elections. Continue reading

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: Of Disasters, Natural Disasters, And Extreme Temperature Records (July 23 to 28, 2018)

Wildfires in Greece – the worst in a decade – killed dozens, extreme temperature records were recorded in Europe and Japan, while thousands were displaced in Laos after a dam collapsed. In Greece, thousands of tourists and residents were also forced “to flee in cars and buses, on foot, aboard boats, and on makeshift rafts”, and the country’s emergency services and fleet of water-dropping aircraft were stretched to capacity. Extreme temperature records have also caused wildfires to rage in the last months in Sweden and in the United Kingdom, and dozens of people have been killed by a heatwave in Japan. And in Laos, the collapse of a partly built hydropower dam left thousands displaced and hundreds missing. Continue reading

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