MON: A UNION DIVIDED – EU ELECTIONS 2019
With the conclusion of the EU parliamentary elections on 26 May, the polarised political climate was made clear as far right and pro-EU parties made significant gains at the expense of the Social Democrats (centre-left) and European People’s Party (centre-right). The environmentalist European Green Party had similar success in what many are calling the “green wave”. All eyes are on the anti-EU far-right parties and whether they can cooperate to weaken the EU.
TUES: CHINA DENIES EMISSIONS OF CFC POLLUTANTS
Researchers have found that despite the 1987 Montreal Protocol that banned chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) and other chemicals that deplete the ozone layer, the pace of CFC reduction worldwide has stalled between 2013 and 2017. After further investigation, it turns out that the culprit is none other than the manufacturing giant, China. However, China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment has consistently denied such accusations despite evidence showing otherwise.
WED: GRIDLOCK – ISRAEL’S RE-ELECTIONS
Israel will once again return to the polling booths in September, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government amid resistance from political rival and right-wing nationalist political party leader Avigdor Lieberman. This unprecedented move in the Knesset had arisen from the inability to reach a conclusion on concerns relating to military draft exemptions, leaving Netanyahu with the only choice of dissolving parliament to retain power in the coming term.
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Haaretz – Summary of negotiations and upcoming talks
BBC – More details on election results
The Jerusalem Post – Specific details on the controversial bill that caused the re-elections
THURS: EAST FAILS TO MEET WEST – US-CHINA TRADE WARS
As the US continues to clamp down on trade with China, both countries have been forced to turn to drastic protectionist policies in a bid to save themselves from falling under. Between the Chinese government’s threat of blacklisting foreign companies, and the US funding of rare earth metal production to reduce dependence on China lie the depth and complexity of economic and foreign relations between the two superpowers. While both parties attempt to resolve the issue, Singapore and the rest of the world continue to feel the effects of this global trade war.
FRI: RUSSIA’S TROLLS ARE BACK AT IT – AGAIN
In an effort to aggravate the already heated anti-vaccination debate in the US, Russian troll bots have been aggressively tweeting opinions from both sides of the debate. These trolls have also been spreading conspiracy theories about the crash of flight MH17 in order to shift the blame away from Russia. Their propagation of misinformation fuels controversies, muddies discourse, and is a disservice to the people.
SUN: SHAG-RI-LA DIALOGUE
The annual three-day Shangri-La Dialogue is Asia’s premier defence summit, drawing ministers, military leaders and analysts from all over the world. US-China tensions took centre stage in this year’s dialogue with China’s defence minister, General Wei Fenghe, threatening to “fight until the end” in the ongoing trade war, but leaving the door open to negotiation. China’s claim on the South China Sea and Taiwan, and foreign influence in ASEAN’s defence were also brought to the fore.