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The Weekly Global Roundup: A Second Brexit Referendum? (January 14 to 19, 2019)

The Brexit deal offered by Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK) Theresa May was defeated by a vote of 432 to 202. The majority of 230 against the prime minister is the biggest government defeat since 1924. Later, by a vote of 325 to 306, the prime minister survived a confidence vote in parliament. In the aftermath, four options are now likely: First, a new deal with the European Union; second, a no-deal Brexit on March 29, 2019; third, postponement of the Brexit date; and fourth, a second referendum within the UK. “The Economist” argues for the fourth option: “The give and take that Brexit requires mean that no form of exit will resemble the prospectus the public were recklessly sold in 2016”. “The New York Times”, however, lays out five big risks for a second referendum. 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: Disaster And Violence In Africa (September 24 to 29, 2018)

Disaster struck Nigeria and Tanzania, where respectively Swiss crew members of a cargo ship were taken hostage by pirates and the capsizing of a ferry killed 224 people, and violence marred diplomatic progress in Ethiopia and electoral developments in Mali. In Nigeria, a dozen crew members on the cargo ship were taken hostage by pirates, and in Tanzania, the capsizing of a ferry in Africa’s largest lake in Tanzania left 224 people dead. In Ethiopia – amidst diplomatic progress with Eritrea – episodes of ethnic violence have increased and led to the arrests of thousands. And in Mali, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta won in the second round, though against a background of electoral fraud and violence. The opposition, however, is rejecting the election results. Continue reading

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