12 September 2015   Leave a comment

Denmark historically has had a reputation for being one of the most open countries in Europe.  Since the election of Lars Løkke Rasmussen of the Venstre Party, a center-right party,  the country has changed its attitudes toward immigrants and refugees.  Many refugees are now leaving the country for Sweden which has maintained its policy of openness.   Last week Denmark halted all train traffic through Germany in an effort to stop the flow of refugees.  Denmark’s policies are not as harsh as Hungary’s policies, but the message to refugees is unmistakable.

Congressional Republicans have not given up on their effort to prevent the Iranian nuclear agreement from coming into force.  Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, indicated that he will bring the same legislation disapproving the deal back to the floor.  House Republicans have indicated that they will try to impose controls over the money that can be used to implement the agreement.  The debate over the agreement is also working through the Iranian legislative process.

Venezuelan politics was rattled by the conviction of Leopoldo López, the opposition leader.  López was convicted of inciting violence in the elections held in 2014 that led to the administration of Nicolás Maduro.  The trial was conducted in secret and no defense witnesses were allowed, even though there were more than 100 witnesses for the prosecution.  López was sentenced to 14 years in prison, an extraordinarily harsh sentence.  The opposition parties have called for protests on 19 September.  The Venezuelan economy is in chaos with very high inflation and shortages of most goods, and the situation is very unstable:  it is hard to predict where the protests might lead.

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Posted September 12, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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