The French presidential election has been full of surprises—from former Prime Minister Manuel Valls’s failed Socialist primary bid to the financial scandal plaguing the campaign of François Fillon, the center-right candidate. No one has benefitted from these surprises more than Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, where a win of the extreme right wing candidate is looming over the bond markets.
Donald Trump has begun his presidency with a series of policy interventions, taking aim at Barack Obama’s signature healthcare policy, raising the prospect of a new US missile defence system and ushering in a new period of American protectionism. His presidency is likely to bring big policy shifts across several key aspects of American life.
Last year, president-elect Donald Trump vowed to make America great again by setting new global trends. However, long before his rise to power, China, Russia and Turkey had already established the fashion for nostalgic nationalism, a movement which will continue in 2017.
Antigovernment protests flared in Congo after Joseph Kabila reshuffled his government to bolster his bid to remain president until scheduled elections in 2018. He formed an expanded 65-member cabinet headed by opposition-leaning Samy Badibanga as prime minister.
The United Kingdom has taken a deep plunge into surveillance with a far-reaching new law. The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 officially became law this past Tuesday 29th, offering unprecedented new powers to police and spy agencies in the UK for keeping tabs on British citizens.
In COP 22, Morocco’s voice will be strongly heard as 2016 is turning into the hottest year on record with global temperature at least 1C above the long-term average.
From a continuously surging number of Syrian migrants seeking refuge on its shores and this week’s terrorist attack to being an important part of the Brexit debate, Turkey is witnessing a mountain of uncertainty. It is reshaping the fabric of Europe.