20 January 2015   Leave a comment

The political situation in Yemen is deteriorating quickly.  The country has been plagued for many years by the Houthi separatist movement opposed to the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who has been a strong ally of the United States.  Yemen is also plagued by the power of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (Aqap), the group that took responsibility for the recent terrorist attack in Paris.  If the separatists manage to dislodge President Hadi, the change will be a significant setback for US interests  in the Persian Gulf region.

The anti-Islamic movement known as Pegida has grown dramatically in Germany in recent months.  The movement mirrors the growth of similar groups throughout Europe, but its emergence in Germany has been quite rapid.  There seems to be a decided lack of leadership in Europe on the issue of these hate groups:  unless they are clearly and openly condemned by a range of social and political leaders, the groups  achieve a de facto legitimacy by virtue of their numbers.

An election is scheduled for Sunday in Greece, and the results of that election may have significant effects on the rest of Europe.   The polls suggest that the left-wing party, Syriza, will do quite well in the election, and, if that turns out to be the case, it is likely that Syriza will try to renegotiate the terms of the austerity programs imposed on Greece by the IMF and the European Union.  That possibility will unnerve investors in the European economy, not a good outcome for the continent which is experiencing extremely low growth rates.

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Posted January 21, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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