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Europa World Plus is the online version of the Europa World Year Book and the nine-volume Regional Surveys of the World series.

First published in 1926, the Europa World Year Book is renowned as one of the world's leading reference works, covering political and economic information in more than 250 countries and territories, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. The Europa Regional Surveys of the World offer in-depth, expert analysis at regional, sub-regional and country level.

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Argentina

Click for detailThe Argentine Republic occupies almost the whole of South America south of the Tropic of Capricorn and east of the Andes. Throughout the 20th century government generally alternated between military and civilian rule. The so-called ‘dirty war’ between the military regime and its opponents in 1976–83 ... (MORE)

Recent Events

10 September 2019 United Kingdom

Parliament was prorogued (suspended) until 14 October. Although a normal practice before the outlining of policies in the Queen’s Speech by a new government, opponents claimed that in this case, such an unusually lengthy suspension of Parliament was a move to prevent legislators from delaying a so-called ‘no-deal’ Brexit (the UK’s exit from the European Union—EU). Boris Johnson, who had taken over as Prime Minister from Theresa May in July, had pledged that the UK would leave the EU on 31 October with or without an agreement in place, however, on 3 September, during the first session of Parliament after the summer recess, members of Parliament (MPs) voted to take control of the House of Commons’ agenda. During debates the Government lost its narrow working majority, when a Conservative MP joined the Liberal Democrats. Twenty-one Conservative MPs, including a number of former high-ranking cabinet ministers, who were opponents of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, voted against the Government and were expelled from the parliamentary Conservative Party group. Legislation introduced on 4 September, seeking to avoid a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, cleared the House of Commons and was immediately sent to the House of Lords, which approved it several days later. Meanwhile, Parliament rejected on two occasions Johnson’s motions to call a general election, opponents claiming that an agreed election date could subsequently be amended to after 31 October, thus allowing a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

5 September 2019 Italy

A new Government was sworn in comprising the anti-establishment MoVimento 5 Stelle (M5S—Five Star Movement), the Partito Democratico—PD and independents, following the collapse of the previous coalition of the M5S, the far-right, anti-immigration Lega (League) and independents. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, an independent, had tendered the Government’s resignation in late August, blaming the political crisis on Lega leader and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who had announced the end of the coalition earlier that month and demanded a general election, in a move widely interpreted as an attempt to capitalize on the Lega’s growing popularity in opinion polls. Instead, the M5S and the PD agreed to form a Government under Conte, with former Deputy Prime Minister and M5S leader Luigi Di Maio as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation. The new administration would need to be confirmed by both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.

2 September 2019 Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian, a category five Atlantic storm, caused devastation across the northern Bahamas. At its strongest, Dorian brought winds of up to 185 miles per hour, destroying buildings and infrastructure and causing extensive flooding on Great and Little Abaco and Grand Bahama. The United Nations estimated that some 70,000 people on the islands were in need of shelter and food following the storm. The number of those killed by the hurricane officially stood at 43, although it was expected to rise exponentially: Minister of Health Duane Sands stated that the final death toll would be ‘staggering’.

27 August 2019 Nauru

Lionel Aingimea, a former human rights lawyer, was elected President in a parliamentary vote, defeating the rival candidate David Adeang by 12 votes to six. After six years in office, former President Baron Waqa had lost his parliamentary seat at the general election on 24 August, in which 10 new members were elected to the 19-member legislature. Aingimea’s new Cabinet, all six members of which were newly elected members of Parliament, was sworn in on 28 August.

26 August 2019 G7

The 45th meeting of the G7 heads of state or government of major advanced economies—comprising Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the USA, with European Union representation—was held in Biarritz, France. Notably the 45th summit meeting did not release a joint communiqué (an unprecedented outcome). The summit agreed to establish a US $20m. fund to combat ongoing devastating Amazon rainforest fires; this initiative was, however, refused by the Brazilian administration (which suggested that the funds should be spent on reforesting Europe). The G7 leaders also considered, inter alia, the escalating trade tensions between the USA and China, the repatriation of foreign Islamic State fighters captured by US-backed forces in Syria and Iraq, and (without participation by Pres. Trump) the global climate and biodiversity crisis. During the summit meeting Trump reportedly advocated for Russia’s return to the Group.

21 August 2019 Nigeria

President Maj.-Gen. (retd) Muhammadu Buhari announced the formation of a new, 44-member Federal Cabinet. Buhari retained responsibility for the strategically significant petroleum portfolio, and appointed seven women to ministerial positions, including Zainab Ahmed as Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning. Geoffery Onyeama retained his post as Minister of Foreign Affairs, while Rauf Aregbesola succeeded Abdulrahman Dambazau as Minister of Interior.

17 August 2019 Sudan

The Transitional Military Council (TMC), which assumed power following the ouster of President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir in April, and the opposition Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) signed a power-sharing Political Agreement and Constitutional Declaration. These provided for the installation of an 11-member Sovereignty Council (composed of six civilians and five members of the military) which would assume the governance functions of the country for a three-year period, after which elections would be held. with the TMC selecting the Chairman of the new body for the first 21 months, after which period the FFC would nominate a Chairman to serve for 18 months. Negotiations between the two sides had been ongoing for several months, amid widespread demonstrations and protests, and were brought to a conclusion following significant mediation from the African Union and the Ethiopian Government.The landmark power-sharing agreement ushers in a new governing council, including both civilians and generals, to pave the way towards elections and civilian rule.

11 August 2019 Guatemala

According to official preliminary results from the Tribunal Supremo Electoral, Alejandro Giammattei of the VAMOS party was the victor of the presidential election, taking 58.0% of the valid votes in the run-off ballot. His rival, former first lady Sandra Torres of the Unidad Nacional de la Esperanza, won 42.1% of the votes. Turnout was again low, at 42%, reflecting the electorate’s disillusionment at the perceived widespread corruption in politics. Giammattei confirmed he would not renew the mandate of the independent International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Comisión Internacional contra la Impunidad en Guatemala) after it ended in September. The new President-elect also indicated his intention to renegotiate the controversial agreement signed by outgoing President Jimmy Morales and US President Donald Trump in July that deemed Guatemala to be a ‘safe country’ for migrants trying to reach the USA, thus allowing the US Administration to deport migrants there.

 


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