Cup of News – MAY 17, 2017
Moldova’s Proposed Electoral Change Is a Blow to Democracy. The EU Must Oppose It. Cristina Gherasimov, Chatham House
Moldova has endured a domestic political crisis for some time. With the ruling party at historically low approval ratings and a slew of domestic corruption scandals, the post-Soviet country is at a watershed moment. Presently, Moldova runs the risk of jeopardizing its already fraught integration with the European Union through sheer incompetence.
The Brexit process is getting real for the United Kingdom. While the population voted for divorce, the negotiations of the separation are more complicated. Carl Bilt writes, “Another priority on the negotiating agenda will be the nearly five million EU citizens who have suddenly found themselves on the wrong side of the new divide, and whose immediate rights and future prospects will need to be addressed.”
Kashmir is an omnipresent concern for South Asia, especially when China considers its economic interaction with India and Pakistan. The proposed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has found itself embroiled in a debate over the role of Kashmir in the security dynamic of the region’s development. A frozen conflict is not conducive to profitable economic arrangements, but parties are working to mute the region’s effect.
Turkey represents perhaps the biggest question mark between Western states’ relations and the complexities of the Middle East. Central to being responsive to Syria’s humanitarian crisis is Western cooperation with newly minted authoritarian state – Turkey. Kemal Kirişci points out many of the fallacies in Turkish policies towards the regional dynamic in which they need external help but are unwilling to accept it.
“The government is losing control,” says Miguel Rodríguez Torres, Venezuela’s former minister of Interior. The economist explores the current chaos that is unfolding in the Venezuelan government and how dozens of neighboring countries are dealing with the crises of refugees and governmental breakdown.