Thursday, January 8, 2015

Elections in 2015

There are a host of elections in 2015 that could have significant effect on foreign affairs and the world economy.
  • Stress in the EU – Two elections in Greece in January and Great Britain in May that may begin the disassembling of the great European experiment in unity.
  • Middle East – Israel is heading for a parliamentary election in March that, as of now, will extend Prime Minister Netanyahu’s mandate. But, Israel’s position is becoming more tenuous due to world opinion support for a Palestinian state.
  • Africa – An important, but fragmented country will have a February election. President Goodluck Jonathan, a southern Nigerian Christian, will run for re-election in a divided country with an active insurgency.
  • Far East – Taiwan’s presidential election isn’t until 2016, but there could be a change of party that will shift away from rapprochement with China that characterizes the ruling KMT.

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