With the possibility of a no Brexit deal becoming ever more realistic Theresa May has made her way to Africa, visiting Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. This has revealed a new tactic in Britain’s trade policy, promising investment and opportunities in a new continent to counter the effects of Brexit.
Despite the positive news for South Africa on the political front with Shaun “the Sheep” Abrahams being asked to leave as head of the NPA, this week was a bitter pill to swallow for South Africans as the rand plunged against the US dollar and Moody’s gave us a reality check.
This week has been momentous for our small part of the southern hemisphere. Cyril Ramaphosa announced, in the middle of the night, that the ANC will be making changes to our constitution regarding land expropriation without compensation and the Zimbabwean election results came out to riots and police shooting live ammunition.
This past week saw bureaucracy at its best. From the BRICS summit in South Africa to the EU and America deciding to leave their trade relationship essentially the same. Theresa May continued to battle with the woe that is Brexit, and Zimbabweans are all set to have their first truly democratic election on Monday.
Almost every day this week Trump has flip-flopped on what he said the day before. The US has been shocked by the performance of their president at a summit between Putin and Trump in Helsinki on Monday – more details to follow in the News Flash. This culminated yesterday in Trump extending an invitation to…
In just a couple of days Trump has criticised Angela Merkel, Theresa May, and NATO as a whole and showed his affiliation towards Russia and Putin in particular. He did not however, amidst rumours, remove the US from NATO all together, thankfully.
There is heightened concern around the world this week, again, regarding a global trade war and the potential impact it could have on economic growth. The net effect of Trump’s policies, should they last, and the universal retaliation will be negative, with no real winners.
The biggest news story from this week has been Trump’s flip-flop on his “zero tolerance” policy regarding children being separated from their parents at the US border and then having them held in detention centres. After a massive public outcry, as well as the apparent influence from his wife and daughter, Trump has signed an…
Internationally this was a momentous week. Donald Trump removed America’s support from the G-7 Summit Statement, creating tension with some of America’s most powerful allies. Trump also met with Kim Jong-un, the first time an American President has met with a leader from the Hermit Kingdom.