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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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Fiji, 14 November 2018
US Virgin Islands, gubernatorial, 6 and 20 November 2018
US Virgin Islands, legislative, 6 November 2018
USA, 6 November 2018
Georgia, 28 October and 28 November 2018
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Luxembourg, 14 October 2018
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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

12 December 2018 United Kingdom

Two days after the announcement that a parliamentary vote on the agreement reached in November by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, and the European Union (EU) on the United Kingdom’s exit from the Union (Brexit) was to be delayed, members of Parliament (MPs) from May’s Conservative Party held a vote of no confidence in her leadership of the party. In the event, the Prime Minister won the support of 200 Conservative Party MPs, while 117 voted against her. As the Brexit deal was disliked by both hardline Brexit supporters (including a number of Conservative Party MPs and the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland—DUP, which had entered into an agreement with the Government to support it in key votes), as well as by those wishing to remain in the EU, it was almost certain to have been rejected by the House of Commons. The concerns of Brexit supporters centred on the so-called ‘backstop’—an arrangement of last resort to avoid a ‘hard’ border between Northern Ireland and Ireland—which, if used, could result in regulatory difference between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK (decisively rejected by the DUP), and in what could amount to permanent close alignment of the UK with the EU (counter to May’s stated negotiating ‘red lines’ on leaving the EU customs union and single market). Unprecedentedly, the Government had, the previous week, been found in contempt of Parliament for its refusal to publish in full the legal advice offered to it on Brexit by the Attorney-General.

12 December 2018 United Nations

Representatives of more than 160 countries adopted a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration at an intergovernmental conference convened in Marrakesh, Morocco. A new UN Network on Migration was launched to co-ordinate and facilitate implementation by the signatory countries of the 23 non-binding objectives detailed in the Compact, which aimed to enhance the safety, security and management of the migratory process for all stakeholders.

01 December 2018 Mexico

Andrés Manuel López Obrador was sworn in as President. López Obrador, Mexico’s first left-wing head of state in almost 70 years, took office in Mexico City, promising a radical change in government. Among his priorities were the elimination of corruption in office, a fostering of the nation’s oil production as a driver of economic growth, and bringing about an end to the endemic violence in the country. López Obrador pledged to put the poor and vulnerable sections of society at the forefront of his presidency, and to abandon the neoliberal economic model of his predecessors. One of his first acts as President was to sign an agreement with neighbouring Central American countries to create a development plan to alleviate the poverty in the region that had resulted in the so-called ‘caravan’ of migrants heading to the USA.

17 November 2018 The Maldives

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) was sworn into office as President, alongside his Vice-President and a 19-member Cabinet. The newly appointed ministers were drawn from the MDP, the Jumhooree Party (JP), the Adhaalath Party (AP) and the faction of the Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) that had supported former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in a dispute with his half-brother and successor, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. (Together, those parties had formed a Joint Opposition alliance to support Solih against Yameen at the presidential election held on 23 September 2018.) The JP’s Faisal Naseem became Vice-President, while the MDP’s Abdulla Shahid assumed office as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Ibrahim Ameer, also of the MDP, was appointed as Minister of Finance and the leader of the AP, Sheikh Imran Abdulla, as Minister of Home Affairs. Among other notable appointees was Maumoon’s daughter Yumna Maumoon, who received the arts, culture and heritage portfolio.

14 November 2018 Fiji

At a general election the party of Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama, FijiFirst, won a narrow majority in the legislature. The party secured 52.02% of the votes cast (27 seats), while the opposition Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA), led by former premier Sitiveni Rabuka, won 39.85% (21 seats). The result represented a significant decline in support for FijiFirst, which had won 59.17% of the votes cast in the previous election in 2014. Bainimarama and his new Cabinet were sworn in on 22 November.

05 November 2018 New Caledonia

At a referendum 56.4% of voters chose to remain part of France, while 43.6% voted for independence. New Caledonia became a French colony in 1853. Tensions between the largely pro-independence indigenous Kanaks and the descendants of European settlers, who mostly favoured remaining part of France, were calmed in 1998 when the electorate approved the Nouméa Accord, which provided for a gradual transfer of power to local institutions and a referendum to be held by the end of 2018. The result of the referendum was closer than widely expected, increasing the likelihood that the two further polls that were permitted under the Nouméa Accord in the event of a vote against independence would take place in 2020 and 2022.

02 November 2018 Eswatini

The Prime Minister, Mandvulo Ambrose Dlamimi, announced the formation of a new Government. Dlamini, the former CEO of the telecommunications company Swazi MTN, who had been appointed to the premiership on 27 October, named Themba Masuku as Deputy Prime Minister and Neil Reikenburg as Minister of Finance, while Princess Sikhanyiso, the daughter of the monarch King Mswati III, was awarded the information, communication and technology portfolio.

30 October 2018 Mauritania

A new, 25-member Government, led by Mohamed Salem Ould Béchir, took office. Ould Béchir, hitherto Managing Director of the Société Nationale Industrielle et Minière, had been appointed Prime Minister on the previous day by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. The outgoing Prime Minister, Yahya Ould Hademine, became Minister of State, Chargé de Mission at the Presidency of the Republic in the new Government, while the Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces, Maj.-Gen. Mohamed Ould Cheikh Mohamed Ahmed Ould El Ghazouani, assumed the position of Minister of National Defence. However, the key portfolios of foreign affairs and co-operation, the economy and finance, and the interior and decentralization remained unchanged.

 


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