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Germany: coalition agreement
| March | 2018

On February 7th, 5 months after the elections for the German Parliament, CDU/CSU and SPD have reached a coalition agreement for the formation of a new government, bringing relief to national institutions and Europe. Nevertheless, the long and difficult period of talks and  losses in the federal elections, led to an heated debate on the future of the two main parties and their leaderships.

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Zimbabwe: factional war of susccession
18 | March | 2018

On November 15th, there was a pacific military coup leading to the resignation of Robert Mugabe, then President of Zimbabwe, for the last 37 years. The liberation war veterans were the perpetrators due to an increasing competition in the dominant-party ZANU-PF. Behind it, there is a dissatisfaction with the removal of former Vice-President, Emmerson Mnangagwa and the rise of the First lady Grace Mugabe as a potential successor.

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Presidential Election in Chile
12 | March | 2018

The result of the first round of the presidential election in Chile put Sebastián Piñera (Chile Vamos) and Alejandro Guillier (Nueva Mayoría) face to face in the second round of December 17th. With a low turnout (46%), consistent with what has occurred since the return to democracy, the result, which put Beatriz Sanchez (Frente Amplio) in third place, reflects a change in the Chilean political map.

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Kurdistan Independence
14| March| 2018

Following the “yes” victory in the 25th of September referendum over the independence of the Iraqi Kurdistan, tensions have risen between Bagdad and Erbil. On the 16th of October, the Iraqi federal government launched a military operation to restore its sovereignty in the region, by taking back Kirkuk and the oil fields that once had been under the control of the Islamic State.  


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