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Uncertainty abounds in europe and world

It has been an unanticipated year for Europe. First, the Brexit became a reality as the Britain referendum voted in its favor voicing its underlying resentment against immigrants. This fact was further entrenched in global political history as Donald Trump marched to victory in U.S. Presidential elections in neighboring continent. The rising slogan was “the people are taking their country back”.

But the two new political developments in Europe have made the picture more complex. The re-run of the Austrian presidential election saw Alexander Van der Bellen emerge victorious. Pledging himself to be the president of a liberal, pro-European republic in his acceptance speech, he had advocated strong pro-refugee and open borders stance.

In Italy, another country in Europe, the voters rejected the proposed changes to the constitution, compelling Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to hand over his resignation from his post. This event was significant beyond Italy because it was seen as a judgment call on pro-European centrist like Mr. Matteo Renzi himself.

While the re-run of the presidential election in Austria worked to Mr. Van der Bellen’s advantage, it enabled him to project an image backed by younger, female and urban voters. In the London constituency of Richmond Park, playing out on anti-Brexit sentiments to make political gains, the Liberal Democrats was able to defeat former Conservative politician, Zac Goldsmith.

The year 2017 will put many things to test. Germany has a presidential election in February. This would be followed by Dutch general elections in April and French presidential elections in May. Italy elections will also happen somewhere in 2017.

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