There have been many different regimes and dictatorships in the news recently, for a variety of different reasons. The Arab Spring has been one of the biggest international events in recent years as several regimes have fallen in the past 12 months and many others are under pressure. It is not just the Arab world which has seen regimes, dictatorships and allegedly corrupt governments put under pressure. Russia has seen protests and international pressure after the allegedly corrupt legislative election earlier this month and the government have also been accused of mistreating protestors and journalists. Another regime which has seen a sizable uprising is the government in Belarus; however, it has not been in the media as much as other uprisings.
Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarussian president is now serving his fourth term after he won a presidential election in December 2010 by gaining nearly 80% of the votes. The result prompted mass protests against the government as there were allegations of vote fraud. The protestors met resistance from riot police and interior ministry troops; many fled from the protests but some who did not flee were beaten and hospitalised or unfairly arrested by the police. READ THE REST OF THE ENTRY
‘If you can’t decide, you can’t lead’. That was the scathing assessment David Cameron handed out to Ed Miliband in the Commons on Monday over Ed’s apparent reluctance to inform the country what he would have done if he had been in Cameron’s seat in Brussels last Thursday. Unfortunately, on this rare occasion, I would have to agree with our Prime Minister. Read the rest of this entry
The European summit on Friday 9th December 2011 was the day David Cameron became the first British leader to veto a European treaty. The UK Prime Minister vetoed changes in the European Union’s Lisbon treaty aimed at tackling the Eurozone financial crisis, declaring it was not in Britain’s national interest.
A new fiscal deal to bind the Eurozone did emerge from the European Union summit. We see the prospect of all 26 of the 27 members of the European Union agreeing to a new fiscal deal in a move towards a more disciplined economic policy. EU countries are required to present their national budgets to the European Commission. Stricter budget rules will be installed in the national constitutions of those countries abiding to this agreement. This separate agreement, will see the 26 EU countries finances tied together to solve the Eurozone financial crisis leaving the UK to stand alone. Read the rest of this entry
The Prime Minister is in the unenviable position of trying to appease Tory backbenchers whilst trying not to alienate Europe; I must say I’m not sure he’s succeeding at both. There seems to be a huge wave of support for his stand veto at the Euro summit on Thursday, many will see this as the defiant stand of a strong Prime Minister, finally listening to the views of the people who elected him. There has however been a considerable backlash despite the support of some members of the press as well as the majority of Conservative MPs. The Deputy Prime Minister has decided that he is angry about it, and this, if the Mail is to be believed (don’t laugh), could, more than the question of AV, be the make or break issue for the Coalition; this is something that Danny Alexander has strongly denied. Read the rest of this entry
A black cloud still looms over Europe and yet any economic agreement seems like an unlikely task among the European leaders to save the EU from this debt crisis. A series of negative events hasn’t helped with the confidence in Europe either. Economic integration is a fundamental part of the Eurozone but we have witnessed the obliteration of the economies of Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Italy. Last week, the Bank of England governor Mervyn King told a committee of MPs that growth didn’t seem likely in the Eurozone. He predicted that the Eurozone would shrink both in the first quarter and in the first quarter of 2012. Read the rest of this entry