The year is still quite young, however, multiple significant events have already occurred in the geo-political arena. Look what happened just between February 1st and the 10th.
The BBC reported in a February 1st article titled, “Brexit: What will change after Friday, 31 January?” that the UK has officially left the EU. In the transitional phase, the UK and the EU are hashing out the future of trade between the two.
On February 6th, a DW News headline read, “German far-right scandal reflects the rise of Europe’s populists”. Thanks to the scandal, Angela Merkel’s handpicked successor announced she would not run in the next national election. She also stepped down as CDU party head. For this and other reasons, some in Germany and elsewhere see an eerie similarity between the 1930s and the political world today.
The Washington Times February 9, 2020 headline read,”Coronavirus strains China’s fast-growing economy”. It took a major hit while other nations struggled to keep the newly discovered COVID-19 virus from becoming a global pandemic.
The Illinois Herald and Review wrote on February 9th that the “Syrian Army vows to keep up campaign against last rebel area”. This extends the refugee problem cited as a source of tensions in numerous other nations.
A U.S. News & World Report Magazine February 10, 2020 headline said, “Scotland Is Taking Steps Toward Independence Vote: Sturgeon”. Many people there want to vote on whether to stay part of the UK or pull away to rejoin the EU.
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