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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: 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

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