Day: April 6, 2021

Politics

WEEKLY POLITICAL COMPASS

Turkey could introduce new measures against the president’s critics. Political fragmentation will define Peru’s upcoming presidential election. In Germany, the race for the Merkel succession is heating up. South Korea’s ruling party could face a political defeat in two mayoral elections.… Read the rest

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NIGERIA: Tussle over naira devaluation amid grim macroeconomic picture

On 5 April, unidentified gunmen attacked the police headquarters and freed some 2,000 inmates from a nearby prison in Owerri, the capital of the south-eastern Imo State. While the government labelled the attack an act of terrorism and ascribed it to the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the paramilitary wing of the secessionist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement, the group has denied any involvement.… Read the rest

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CHINA: Beijing unlikely to weaponize rare earths exports

  • Foreign governments and companies are worried about China’s dominant position in the supply chain for rare earths, which are required for a range of high-tech industries.
  • But China’s dominance, which derives from a historic willingness to tolerate pollution rather than from unique technological or geological endowments, is already in decline.
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TURKEY: Open letter by former officers: A perfect gift for Erdogan

  • An open letter penned by retired military officers has created an ideal opportunity for President Tayyip Erdogan to manipulate the public debate and distract attention away from a long list of negative developments.
  • Leaving aside the framing of public narratives, the risk is that the ruling coalition could exploit the controversy to crackdown on the opposition from the secularist camp.
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LATAM PULSE

This week, Peru sees a series of televised debates between the presidential candidates ahead of the 11 April first-round election. In Mexico, energy policy will again be the subject of legal challenges, this time centering on the downstream sector. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s pandemic management will also be the subject of political controversy.… Read the rest